Brazil seen as likely origin for China’s 10 million tons of ethanol import demand

August 13, 2019 |

In China, China Dialogue reports that Brazil is likely to be the main origin of ethanol imports that will be required to bridge the gap between its 3 million metric tons of ethanol production and the 15 million tons required to achieve its planned E10 blending mandate by 2020. Estimates are that domestic ethanol production could reach 5 million tons by then, leaving a 10 million import gap. China is Brazil’s largest trading partner and after having resolved a WTO dispute earlier this year on sugar tariffs, the expectation is that ethanol trade will likely follow.

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