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The U.S. Grains Council, in August 2011, successfully achieved the inclusion of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and other U.S. commodities on the Saudi Arabian import subsidy list. Inclusion on this import subsidy list is essential in eliciting interest from Saudi importers of these products. This effort paid off when a Saudi Arabian company, ARASCO, purchased a bulk shipment of U.S.
USGC’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – effective Nov. 1, 2013 – with Gloria, the largest and most progressive milk processor in Peru, will help Gloria overcome the major logistical bottleneck to expanding U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) use in Peru's dairy industry. Through participation in Council’s MAP and FMD-funded technical assistance and feeding trials, Gloria determined that their dairies could benefit tremendously from incorporating DDGS in rations and they began importing DDGS in 2012.
Korea is a mature, sophisticated and highly price sensitive market, and Korean buyers do not hesitate to source from the Black Sea region, South America and South Africa as well as the United States. Using MAP and FMD funds, the USGC sought to reestablish relationships and convince Korean buyers of the United States’ ability and commitment to meet their corn quality and volume needs. While Korean buyers and end-users often express a traditional preference for U.S. corn, price is decisive. Last year's drought-impacted crop and reduced export supplies significantly reduced the U.S.
U.S. sorghum exports to China are expected to reach more than 3 million tons in September-August 2013/14, approaching $1 million in value, compared to exports of 3,376 MT the previous year. Building demand for U.S. sorghum was attractive as sorghum is not subject to a tariff rate quota restriction in China, the way corn is. Starting in 2012, the USGC used MAP and FMD funds to assess potential demand.
Using MAP funds, the USGC has been educating the larger commercial feed companies and other large end-users in Algeria about the benefits of utilizing DDGS and CGF in livestock rations. The Council sees opportunities for these products fitting well into both the Algerian poultry and dairy industries. In 2013, Sarl Nutrimag, an Algerian commercial importer, made the first-ever purchase of U.S. DDGS and CGF into Algeria. In combination with technical assistance and training for end-users, this is an opening for additional purchases of U.S. corn products in the future.