Ethanol

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The United States is an abundant producer of ethanol and is ready and willing to meet foreign market needs. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working with partners in the United States and globally to help develop markets and enable trade for this renewable, clean-burning fuel.  
 
In the United States, ethanol is made primarily from corn. With more than 210 ethanol plants scattered across the country’s Corn Belt, the United States is capable of producing over 15.5 billion gallons (58.7 billion liters) of ethanol per year. This is more than U.S. consumers and industry can use, providing ample export supply. 
 
The Council and its partners - Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service - are focused on promoting U.S. ethanol as a clean-burning source of fuel to buyers and end-users around the globe. This work is done through: 

  • engagement in targeted markets to assess and build opportunities; 

  • bringing buyers teams to visit the United States;  

  • bringing groups of U.S. ethanol industry representatives overseas; and  

  • a series of workshops focusing on the environmental and economic benefits of ethanol use. 

The 2016/2017 marketing years saw the second largest quantity of U.S. ethanol shipped overseas, with sales of more than 1.37 million gallons (5.17 billion liters) of U.S. ethanol to global customers.  
 
Brazil received the bulk of U.S. ethanol exports during this timeframe, making up 37 percent of the export market, while Canada (24 percent) was the second largest importer. India (10 percent), The Philippines (5 percent), and China (4 percent) round out the top five markets. 
 
Ethanol holds immense environmental, human health and economic advantages over its fossil fuel counter-parts. As the cheapest producer of ethanol in the world, the United States is poised to serve as the leading global ethanol exporter for years to come. 
 
The world wants ethanol, and the U.S. ethanol industry is ready, willing and able to meet the global demand.