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August Ethanol Exports Up 18% from July

October 14, 2010

           

U.S. biofuel producers exported 29.6 million gallons of ethanol (both denatured and undenatured, non-beverage alcohol) in August, up 18% from July, according to government data released today. Year-to-date ethanol exports stand at 212 million gallons, nearly double the amount of total exports in 2009. Total exports in August were the third highest of the year, trailing only March and April. The U.S. remains on pace to export more than 300 million gallons of ethanol in 2010, equivalent to roughly 2.5% of expected domestic production. In particular, exports of undenatured, non-beverage ethanol surged in August, jumping by 360% from July. Exports of undenatured, non-beverage product totaled 12.5 million gallons. The Netherlands, Philippines, Mexico, and Brazil, in that order, were top export markets for undenatured ethanol. Denatured ethanol exports actually fell off slightly from August. Canada remained the top importer of denatured ethanol, bringing in 10.2 million gallons. Jamaica and the United Kingdom were also top importers of denatured product in August.