After setting a new monthly record in July, U.S. ethanol exports were down sharply in August, according to government data released today. Exports of denatured and undenatured (non-beverage) ethanol totaled 52.1 million gallons (mg) in August, down from 127.4 mg in July and the lowest monthly total of the year. Still, year-to-date (Jan.-Aug.) ethanol exports stand at 640.7 mg, nearly triple the amount exported during the same period last year. The United States remains on pace to export more than 900 mg in 2011. Exports of denatured ethanol totaled 43.3 million gallons in August, with Canada receiving 26.4 million gallons. The United Kingdom (10.5 mg) and the Netherlands (5.1 mg) were other top destinations. Notably, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates, which have been leading markets for ethanol exports in 2011, did not import any U.S. product in August. The U.S. exported 8.9 million gallons of undenatured ethanol in August, with Mexico (3.9 mg), the Netherlands (2.3 mg) and Singapore (2.2 mg) accounting for 94% of total shipments. While ethanol shipments swooned in August, distillers grains (DDGS) exports hit their highest level of the year. DDGS exports for the month totaled 829,489 metric tons (mt), up 29% from July. Mexico was the leading destination for U.S. DDGS exports, receiving 196,685 mt (24% of total shipments). China was second with 151,204 mt. This marks the highest level of exports to China since December 2010. Canada, Japan, ad Ireland rounded out the top five DDGS export customers in August. Year-to-date DDGS exports stand at 5.25 million mt, and the industry is on pace to ship nearly 8 million mt in 2011.