Czech biofuels group calls for protection from imports

02 June 2009 17:08  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--A Czech industry group on Tuesday called for biofuels producers to be protected against cheap Brazilian and Pakistani bioethanol imports, which it said were growing at an alarming rate.

In the first quarter of this year bioethanol imports to the Czech Republic were about nine times higher year on year at 9,584 tonnes, said the Czech Association of Distilleries, citing figures from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MPO).

The MPO data also showed that bioethanol imports totalled 20,404 tonnes in 2008, a figure that would be massively exceeded this year on current trends, the association added.

The association has demanded consumption tax or other financial assistance for the Czech bioethanol producers, saying the Czech Republic is the only country in the European Union which has proved unable to protect itself against the cheap imports.

Czech sugar beet-based biofuel producers such as TTD Agroetanol are relying on the biofuel market as a replacement for the sugar markets they lost two years ago under EU sugar quota changes.

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By: Will Conroy
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