Corn Gluten Meal
Free trade agreements help provide market access for some of the largest purchasers of U.S. grains and for some smaller but steady buyers. Israel, as the first market with which the United States signed a free trade agreement, is a good example.
Intensive efforts continue in Malaysia to seek clarification or amendment of new agricultural import regulations, which threaten to impose costly new burdens on a wide range of commodities from several exporting countries. The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council are working closely with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Malaysia office and APHIS to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of these new regulations on U.S. export cargos. Local stakeholders in the Malaysian feed, trade and livestock sectors are also expressing their concerns to the Malaysian government.
Southeast Asia's imports of U.S. corn gluten meal (CGM) has swelled this past year by 47 percent, nearly reaching 400,000 metric tons. This is a vital market for U.S. CGM with three of the top 10 U.S. export markets located in the region.
Indonesia alone, the largest overall market, accounted for 25 percent of the U.S. export market, importing more than 256,000 tons of CGM in 2013, valued at $176 million—a 36 percent increase from 2012. This record level of U.S. CGM imports was driven by a large demand for a high-quality protein source from Indonesia's poultry industry.
Corn gluten feed (CGF) and meal (CGM) are the highly nutritious co-products of the corn refining (wet-milling) industry. CGF and CGM are not to be confused, as CGF has roughly 20 percent crude protein, whereas CGM has approximately 60 percent crude protein. Each offers various distinctions and advantages for different complete feed rations.
For the past six years, Israel has been a small but steady buyer of U.S. corn co-products such as distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal as seen in the chart. U.S. feed grains have a difficult time competing in Israeli's market due to competition from the Black Sea region and from South America. Even with this competition, however, U.S. corn co-products have found a niche market in Israel.
Registration is now available for the Export Exchange 2012, an international trade conference focused around the export of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and coarse grains. The event—co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association—will be held Oct. 22-24, 2012, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
Don’t miss your chance to actively promote your product in the coming USGC “Buyers” Conferences to be held in Panama City, Panama, on Oct. 18-21, 2011, and in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 12-14, 2011.
Upon completion of a recent U.S. Grains Council market assessment in Chile, staff and consultants concluded that Chile could easily import up to one million metric tons of U.S. corn products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal annually, despite a slow decline in current import levels.
In 2010, Chile imported roughly 140,000 metric tons of U.S. corn gluten meal and DDGS, down from its record high of 200,000 tons in 2008.