US Jan-Nov ethanol exports triple year on year - trade group

13 January 2011 22:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethanol exports in January-November 2010 totalled 325m gal, nearly three times the amount shipped the same period a year earlier, an industry group said on Thursday.

The figure includes shipments of denatured and undenatured (non-beverage) ethanol, the Renewable Fuels Associations (RFA) said.

US ethanol exports in November were nearly 39m gal, up by 11% from October, the RFA said, quoting data from the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Exports of denatured ethanol in November totaled 26m gal, rising by 19% from the previous month, the group said. The RFA added that Canada was the leading importer of the product with 15m gal for the month.

Denatured ethanol is fuel ethanol that contains additives that make it unsuitable for beverage production.

Undenatured, non-beverage ethanol does not contain denaturants, but is still unfit for human consumption.

Undenatured ethanol exports in November were steady with October at about 13m gal, the RFA said.

The US is the world’s top ethanol producer with nameplate capacity estimated at 13.7bn gal, according to the RFA.

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