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Some local industry people, including professors and researchers, do not really understand the energy values of U.S. DDGS thus they tend to under-value the advantages of using DDGS. Some feed millers and livestock/poultry producers are using DDGS at low inclusion rates because of concerns regarding mycotoxins. Using MAP funding, the Council invited a technical consultant to Taiwan, organized a survey team to the U.S., conducted DDGS seminars and meetings, as well as published a DDGS technical bulletin for addressing above-mentioned questions and concerns.
Using MAP (Market Access Program) funds, the U.S. Grains Council partnered in 2011 with Gloria, the largest dairy processor in Peru to conduct feeding trials using Distiller Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) a co-product from the U.S. ethanol industry. Feeding trials were conducted on three commercial dairy farms and the results were publicized to the Peruvian dairy industry through a series of workshops and publications co-hosted by the U.S. Grains Council and Gloria.
By using Market Access Program (MAP) funds, the Mexico office hosted 24 members of the Mexican livestock and feed grain importing industry to the US Grains Council Export Exchange 2012. The program took place in Minneapolis during October 2012. As a result of the event 4 participants confirmed purchases of 60,000 metric tons of feed ingredients valued at $18.3 million.
After a three and a half year effort, in September 2012 the U.S. Grains Council, in cooperation with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service – Algeria, successfully influenced the removal of the value added tax (VAT) and custom tax on all feed imports in Algeria, including corn, distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF). Previously, the VAT and custom tax for DDGS and CGF had been set at 17 percent and 30 percent respectively, resulting in no U.S. DDGS or CGF exports to Algeria. The VAT and custom tax for corn was previously set at 7 percent and 5 percent.
Using MAP (Market Access Program) funds, the U.S. Grains Council has been trying to re-introduce U.S. Distillers Dried Grains into the Ecuadorian market for the past two years. Ecuador has imported small quantities (400 metric tons) of DDGS in the past but has not been a consistent buyer. The last large commercial shipments took place in 2006 when 2,400 metric tons of DDGS was imported however the importing company had a bad experience with the product and did not import more.