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Updated to Q2 2019
The processing of the harvest/crush will ramp up as is normal for the seasonal nature of the industry. The sugarcane harvest in the centre-south, which accounts for 90% of Brazil’s ethanol output, runs from April to November/December. Supply will likely lengthen compared to previous years as producers are choosing to make more ethanol rather than sugar.
Demand during the quarter will depend on prices of competing gasoline A prices. The country uses hydrous ethanol as a stand-alone fuel in flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs), competing directly with gasoline. Many Brazilian drivers own flex-fuel cars which allow switching from gasoline to ethanol. Drivers only substitute for ethanol if its price is less than 70% that of gasoline.
We offer the following regional Ethanol analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Latin America Ethanol marketplace.
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There are two main types of ethanol – fermentation and synthetic. The major outlets for industrial ethanol are as a solvent and in chemical synthesis.
The Latin American ethanol report offers an assessment of spot prices for anhydrous and hydrous ethanol basis free on board (FOB) San Paulo.
We have prices for anhydrous ethanol, which is used in flexible fuel vehicles, and hydrous ethanol which is the grade that is blended in gasoline.
Prices are also converted in US gallons, which makes it simple to compare the market in Brazil, with the market in the US.
Brazil has led the world in ethanol exports in recent years. On this basis, the Ethanol Latin America report can benefit anyone that is looking into importing the product from Brazil in the future.
The report also offers a summary of Brazilian industry news, which is useful to the English speaking market, and is of great value to our subscribers.
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