International Sugar Journal

Liberalised US ethanol market sees fresh trade challenges from Europe, China and Brazil [Full subscriber]

The United States has let two significant support mechanisms lapse for its maize-based fuel ethanol sector, which is now considered to have reached a mature stage of development. Despite this, there are few immediate benefits seen for Brazil’s more sustainable cane-based ethanol industry from the expiry of a historic import tariff, mainly due to tight supplies and high domestic demand for both motor fuel and sugar. However, by 2016, Brazil expects this situation to improve significantly, based on sectoral expansion through the opening of new mills, and environmental legislation in California which will favour cane-based ethanol over domestic maize-based suppliers.…

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