Production and Exports
The United States is an abundant producer of ethanol and is ready and willing to meet foreign market needs. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is working with partners in the United States and globally to help develop markets and enable trade for this renewable, clean-burning fuel.
In the United States, ethanol is made primarily from corn. With more than 210 ethanol plants scattered across the country’s Corn Belt, the United States is capable of producing over 15.5 billion gallons (58.7 billion liters) of ethanol per year. This is more than U.S. consumers and industry can use, providing ample export supply.
The Council and its partners – Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service – are focused on promoting U.S. ethanol as a clean-burning source of fuel to buyers and end-users around the globe.
Ethanol promotion efforts focus in four areas:
– demonstrating the environmental and human health benefits of ethanol;
– working with local leaders to develop biofuels policies with a role for trade;
– addressing trade barriers and logistical constraints to imports; and
– showing ethanol’s value as a source of octane.
Markets with ongoing programs include Brazil, Canada, India, China, Japan and Mexico.
These efforts are paying off. In 2017/2018, a record 1.62 billion gallons of U.S. ethanol – 574 million bushels in corn equivalent – were exported to 74 countries.