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September Ethanol Exports Shoot Past August

November 10, 2010


U.S. ethanol producers exported 38.8 million gallons of ethanol (denatured and undenatured, non-beverage) in September, up 31% from August, according to government data released today. This is the third highest monthly export total of the year, trailing only March and April. Year-to-date ethanol exports now stand at 251.1 million gallons, meaning the industry is on pace to export some 330 million gallons in 2010. Notably, denatured ethanol exports in September set a new monthly high for 2010. The 27.5 million gallons of denatured ethanol exported in September slightly eclipsed the previous monthly high of 26.4 million gallons in March. Canada continued to be the top destination for U.S. denatured ethanol, receiving 12.3 million gallons of product in September. After importing virtually no U.S. product during the summer months, India was the second-leading importer of denatured ethanol in September, with shipments totaling 5.3 million gallons. The Netherland, Finland and the United Kingdom rounded out the top five. As for undenatured (non-beverage) ethanol exports, U.S. producers exported 11.3 million gallons in September. That was down very slightly from August. The Netherlands was the top destination for undenatured product, receiving 5.8 million gallons. In order, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, and Canada rounded out the top five importers of undenatured ethanol in September. After intermittently importing U.S. ethanol throughout the year, Brazil did not import any U.S. product in September. Brazil has imported a total of 15 million gallons of U.S. ethanol so far this year.