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.
President Jair Bolsonaro went to Twitter on 21st September to announce that the USA will increase the purchase of Brazilian sugar by 80,000 tonnes, saying that this is “the first result of the recently opened Brazil-USA negotiations for the sugar and alcohol sector”.
USA – EPA cuts biofuel waivers for oil refiners as Trump administration canvasses farm belt votes [Registered]
Following pressure from an important political constituency in the Farm Belt, the Trump administration said on 14th September that it rejected scores of requests from U.S. oil refiners for waivers that would have retroactively spared them from their obligation to blend ethanol into their fuel, reported Reuters.
Brazil extended its tariff-free quota on ethanol imports for 90 days starting 14 September after reaching an agreement with the US to open trade talks on the biofuel and increasing access to sugar (which is currently levied at 140%) as well as corn, according to the foreign ministry joint statement issued with the US Trade Representative (USTR) on 11 September.
Two 10-storey high silos filled with refined sugar at Domino Sugar’s refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana caught fire on the afternoon of August 27, according to local press reports.
Brazil – President Bolsonaro left with Hobson’s choice on easing ethanol tariff to appease the US [Full subscriber]
President Bolsonaro cannot afford to betray his political constituency at home as a major decision on international ethanol trade looms. He is cornered into accepting that in showing the necessary support to the local industry, it invariably will anger the key ally, US President Donald Trump,