Ethanol Facts: Trade

The development, production and sales of biofuels are global in their sweep and scope.  Click HERE to view historical world ethanol production information broken down by country/region.  The U.S. has established itself as a powerhouse i nthe global ethanol trade.  Not only has the U.S. led the world in production the past several years, but it has also evolved into one of the top ethanol exporters as well.

FACT: In 2013, the U.S. exported an estimated 630 million gallons of ethanol.

In the wake of a drought, exports fell but still went down as the third-best on record. Canada was again the U.S. ethanol industry's most consistent export market, taking in more than half of U.S. shipments. The Philippines rapidly emerged as the second-ranking customer, and the United Arab Emirates ranked third.  Brazil, Mexico and Peru were other top importers of U.S. product, and new markets like China and India emerged.     

FACT: As the low-cost producer of ethanol, and with excess supply, the U.S. has emerged as the world's most reliable and cost-effective source of ethanol.

The U.S. ethanol industry leads the world not only in the production and use of biofuels, but also in exporting ethanol as well as livestock feed co-products such as distillers grains. Our success in the worldwide marketplace has helped to secure and sustain the growth of domestic ethanol production from all sources. While a stable and growing domestic market is an important priority for U.S. ethanol producers, the industry is increasingly focused on export opportunities for fuel and feed - especially because the U.S. market remains artificially constrained at 10% unless changes are made.


Last Updated March 2014