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November Ethanol and Distillers Grains Exports

January 13, 2011


Total U.S. exports of denatured and undenatured (non-beverage) ethanol reached 38.9 million gallons in November, up 11% from October. The November totals were the third-highest in 2010. Between January and November 2010, U.S. ethanol exports totaled 324.9 million gallons, nearly a three-fold increase over 2009 total exports. Through November, the industry was on pace to export more than 350 million gallons in 2010. These exports are not eligible for the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC, or blender's credit). Exports of denatured ethanol totaled 26 million gallons in November, up 19% from October. Canada was the top destination of U.S. denatured ethanol exports, receiving 15.5 million gallons.  Through November, Canada had imported 103 million gallons of U.S. denatured ethanol. Brazil imported 3.8 million gallons of U.S. denatured product in November, making it the second-leading destination for the month of November. The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Australia, respectively, rounded out the top five in November. November exports of undenatured (non-beverage) ethanol totaled 12.9 million gallons, virtually identical to October's total. For the first time in 2010, Finland imported U.S. undenatured ethanol, receiving 5.5 million gallons of product. Other top importers of undenatured ethanol, in order, were the United Kingdom, Mexico, Netherlands, and Chile. Exports of distillers grains totaled 717,143 tons in November, down 7% from October. China was the top destination, followed by Mexico and Canada. Through November, U.S. producers had exported nearly 8.3 million metric tons of distillers grains to more than 50 countries. The industry was on pace to export approximately 9 million metric tons in 2010. Through November, 28% of total exports had gone to China, 18% had shipped to Mexico, and 11% went to Canada.