On September 9, the Colombian government released a new resolution to decrease its ethanol blend level to 4% (E4), effective September 11, according to USDA’s recent attaché report.
Colombia – Lower blend mandate forecast reduce ethanol production by over 6% in 2021 [Full subscriber]
In 2021, Colombia’s fuel ethanol production is estimated to decrease by 6.3% to 370 million litres in response to a lower blend mandate despite the partial recovery in the fuel pool, according to a recent USDA attaché report.
Colombia – Asocana President calls for amendment to the CAN customs union agreement [Full subscriber]
The Colombian sugar industry has been caught out by imports from sugar producers in Ecuador and Bolivia who have duty-free access to the market via the free trade agreement in the customs union Comunidad Andina (CAN).
Granting of the patent in the USA in April 2020 for producing non-centrifuge sugar, a widely known process, continues to cause a stir.
The president of Asocaña, the local sugar industry association, María Eugenia Lloreda, is calling for imposing a tariff of 22% on ethanol imports from the USA, otherwise, 30,000 jobs in the sector are at risk as is the viability of the ethanol industry in Colombia, she stressed.
Between January and November 2018, the industry milled 23 million tonnes of cane, that is, 3% percent more than in 2017, with sugar production expected to reach 2.44 million tonnes with an increase of 9% compared to a year ago, according to the Sugar Cane Growers Association of Colombia (Asocaña).
The paper and paper products company Carvajal Pulpa y Papel annually converts around 1,100,000 tonnes of cane bagasse into paper, according to local press reports. This represents less than 30% of the bagasse produced at the country’s mills.
Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy raised blending of ethanol in the gasoline mixture from 8% to 10% on 1st March.
Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Trade is to introduce a tariff of 15% for Colombian sugar beyond the preferential access of 30, 000 tonnes, according to local press reports.
So far this year 70,000 tons of sugar from Colombia have been illegally imported into Ecuador said the National Union of Sugarcane Growers of Ecuador (UNCE), according to local press reports.