On 14th December, Brazil reinstituted 20% tariff on imports of ethanol from the USA as talks between the two countries on opening up their ethanol and sugar markets have simply not progressed, according to Brazilian government source speaking to Reuters.
Fire crews were dispatched to the Sidney Sugars beet sugar plant in Sidney, Montana on 18th December after a fire ignited in a pulp dryer, according to local press reports.
Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]
Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The EU is going to place a 25% tariff on cane molasses imports from the USA. This move is part of a measure authorized last month by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to the US’s $7.5 billion sanctions on European products last year, that was incidentally also sanctioned by the WTO.
USA – Pandemic-impacted lack of access to accurate weather forecasts hampering sugar beet harvest [Full subscriber]
With the 2020/21 campaign underway in the sugar beet belt, farmers, depending on accurate long-term forecasts to support harvesting operations are stifled by their relative inaccessibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to local press reports.
The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.
The American Sugar Refining is to spend US$21 million to construct four new silos at Domino Sugar’s Baltimore refinery. Each silo will have storage capacity for up to 3.5 million pounds (1587.6 tonnes) of finished or refined sugar ready to be packaged or shipped out on railcars or trucks.
Switching to producing high-grade alcohol for sanitizer production has given a lifeline to ethanol producers hit hard with falling demand for fuel ethanol during the Covid-19 pandemic, reported Reuters.
Five workers were reportedly injured following an explosion at the Amalgamated Sugar’s beet sugar plant in Nampa, Idaho on 28th September, according to local press reports.
On September 22, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 (ending September 30, 2020) in-quota quantities of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar for Brazil and Australia.