Category: Policy

European Commission to drop antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel by September 28

European Commission to drop antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel by September 28

September 7, 2017 |

In Belgium, the European Commission will by September 28 cut antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports to between 4.5% and 8.1% from the 22% and 25.7% levels set in November 2013 following a World Trade Organization ruling in October 2016. The WTO that said the duties were too high and led to Argentina losing $1.3 […]

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New biodiesel trade flow could open from Europe to the US, if…

New biodiesel trade flow could open from Europe to the US, if…

September 6, 2017 |

In Texas, with biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia on ice thanks to anti-dumping tariffs that made trade nearly impossible, the opportunity for arbitrage with Europe could potentially open up. The new trade flow would require Europe to keep its anti-dumping duties on Argentina in place, however, and the decision to lift those have been […]

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Ethanol industry calling for Trump to stand up against Brazil and China

Ethanol industry calling for Trump to stand up against Brazil and China

September 5, 2017 |

In Washington, there are calls for President Trump to put his money where his mouth is by standing up to Brazil and China over biofuel trade as he promised on the campaign trail. Between China’s import tariff on ethanol that has seen imports slide to barely hundreds of cubic meters per month instead of tens […]

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Brazil’s ethanol import quota and tax comes into effect

Brazil’s ethanol import quota and tax comes into effect

September 4, 2017 |

In Brazil, the 20% import tax on ethanol imports above 600 million liters per year or 150 million liters per quarter came into effect on Friday, and are set to last for two years. The Brazilian government had long sought to create a global market for ethanol trade so was against such protections but the […]

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Nebraska, Iowa Ag Secretaries land senior USDA posts

Nebraska, Iowa Ag Secretaries land senior USDA posts

September 3, 2017 |

In Washington, Nebraska Secretary of Agriculture Gregory Ibach and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were appointed to key USDA posts by President Trump. Ibach was appointed under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, which oversees three USDA sub-agencies — Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Agricultural Marketing Service, and the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration. Ibach […]

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EPA’s Pruitt signs fuel regulations waiver during Hurricane Harvey fuel shortages

EPA’s Pruitt signs fuel regulations waiver during Hurricane Harvey fuel shortages

September 2, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association applauded EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s waiver of some fuel regulations in 12 states and the District of Columbia as a good start to help manage the fuel supply shortages caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf area. RFA also said that more needs to be done to truly […]

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Senator Duckworth requesting FBI criminal corruption investigation into Carl Icahn

Senator Duckworth requesting FBI criminal corruption investigation into Carl Icahn

August 31, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is requesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch a criminal investigation into whether former Special Advisor to President Trump Carl Icahn violated federal anti-corruption law by attempting to use his government position to enrich himself by hundreds of millions of dollars. Icahn is a billionaire and longtime […]

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Senator Grassley tweets Trump’s support for biofuels

Senator Grassley tweets Trump’s support for biofuels

August 30, 2017 |

In Washington, policymaking via Twitter continues as Senator Chuck Grassley reported in a tweet that he’d had a phone call with President Trump who assured him that he is pro-ethanol and will live up to campaign promises made in Iowa. The Senator has been critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed blending mandate for 2018 […]

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Zimbabwe says it’s open to anyone interested in producing ethanol

Zimbabwe says it’s open to anyone interested in producing ethanol

August 29, 2017 |

In Zimbabwe, the country’s Energy Regulatory Authority says it has an open door policy for any would-be ethanol producer to apply for a production license in order to supply the blending mandate, contrary to popular belief that the opportunity was restricted to just a few players. Greenfuel and Triangle are the only two producers currently […]

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US Embassy in Argentina working with local authorities on biodiesel

US Embassy in Argentina working with local authorities on biodiesel

August 28, 2017 |

In Argentina, continuing the Trump administration’s tradition of vague tweets, the charge d’affaires of the US Embassy in Buenos Aires said in a tweet that following a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister and Production Minister that the two nations will work together on issues regarding biodiesel and agriculture. The announcement came days after the […]

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