Overview

As the world’s lowest cost producer, the U.S. continues to emerge as the international market’s most reliable and affordable source of high-octane ethanol.  U.S. ethanol exports rose to more than 1 billion gallons in 2016.  Gasoline blenders in foreign markets are increasingly valuing ethanol for its unique octane and oxygenate properties.

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The development, production and sales of biofuels are global in their sweep and scope.

FACT: The U.S. again led the world in ethanol production, accounting for nearly 60% of global output in 2016Brazil was responsible for about 27%, while the European Union followed with 5%. China and Canada were other leading producers.

FACT: In 2016, the U.S. exported more than one billion gallons of ethanol.  The U.S. has established itself as a powerhouse in the global ethanol trade.  Not only has the U.S. led the world in production the past several years, but it has also evolved into one of the top ethanol exporters.  Canada and Brazil remained as the U.S. ethanol industry’s top customers, receiving roughly half of total shipments.  Shipments to China surged as well, as the country increasingly recognized the value of ethanol as a solution to worsening urban air pollution.  India, Peru and South Korea were among other top markets in 2016.   

FACT: As the low-cost producer of ethanol, and with excess supply, the U.S. has emerged as the world’s most reliable and cost-effective source of ethanol.

The U.S. ethanol industry leads the world not only in the production and use of biofuels, but also in exporting ethanol as well as livestock feed co-products such as distillers grains. Our success in the worldwide marketplace has helped to secure and sustain the growth of domestic ethanol production from all sources. While a stable and growing domestic market is an important priority for U.S. ethanol producers, the industry is increasingly focused on export opportunities for fuel and feed – especially because the U.S. market remains artificially constrained at 10% unless changes are made.