01 November 2011 17:35 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Ethanol shipments from Brazil totalled 117,520 tonnes in September, a slight increase from 116,875 tonnes in the same month of 2010, according to data released by the Williams Shipping Agency on Tuesday.
It marks the first September in two years that Brazilian ethanol exports have not recorded significant declines, according to data from the Williams Shipping Agency, one of the largest agencies in the South American country.
The slight rise of 0.6% comes during a multi-year decline for Brazilian ethanol exports. In September 2009, Brazil exports totalled 182,165 tonnes, or 35% higher than during the same month this year, according to Williams data.
Brazil’s ethanol production has also struggled this year, dropping by almost 16% in the key centre-south region during the harvest season running from 1 April to 16 October because of heavy rains, according to the sugarcane industry association Unica.
Seven ships carried 87% of ethanol loads out of Brazil in September, with the largest shipment – 24,979 tonnes – going to San Francisco on the Chembulk Westport.
The other six ships went to Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola and South Korea.
Only two Brazilian ports shipped ethanol in September, Santos and Paranagua, which also were the only two ports that exported in September 2010.
Ethanol shipments out of Santos – Latin America's largest port – rose by 18% during September 2011 to 96,908 tonnes, compared with 81,844 tonnes in September 2010, according to the Williams data.
Shipments from Paranagua declined by 41% to 20,612 tonnes in September, compared with 35,031 tonnes in the same month of 2010.
Santos accounted for 82% of all ethanol shipped from Brazil in September and 70% in the same month last year.
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