Ethanol Export Promotion Heats Up

The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) ability to seek out, exploit and build demand from the ground up has made it an invaluable resource for U.S. farmers for more than five decades.

Nowhere was this unique contribution more evident in 2015 than the Council’s rampedup ethanol export promotion program supporting marketing year sales of more than 870 million gallons (3.2 billion liters) of U.S. ethanol to global customers.

The Council and its partners – Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – are focused on promoting U.S. ethanol as a clean-burning source of fuel to buyers and end-users around the globe.

Along with other activities, this work was done in 2015 through:

  • ongoing assessments of potential markets;
  • bringing three buyers teams to visit the United States;
  • œbringing two groups of U.S. ethanol industry representatives overseas; and
  • a series of workshops focusing on the environmental and economic benefits of ethanol use in China.

The ethanol export promotion program also saw an early success with a U.S. exporter confirming sales of 10 million gallons (37.85 million liters) of U.S. ethanol, valued at more than $15 million, to Peru following a trade team’s visit.