Ethanol Facts: Exports and 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. 

FACT: The U.S. again led the world in ethanol production, accounting for nearly 60% of global output in 2014.  Brazil was responsible for about 25%, while the European Union followed with 6%. China and Canada were other leading producers.

FACT: In 2014, the U.S. exported an estimated 825 million gallons of ethanol.  The U.S. has established itself as a powerhouse in the 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.  Canada was again the U.S. ethanol industry's top customer.  Brazil was the second, followed by the United Arab Emeriates, Philippines and Mexico.  Despite the European Union's punitive tariff against U.S. ethanol, approximately 50 million gallons were shipped to European countries. Several new markets also emerged, including South Korea, Singapore, Panama and Tunisia.    

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 2015