Ethanol producers in the United States are turning to China for future expansion. Politico reports, however, Beijing has not made clear that ethanol imports are welcome or set blend mandates that would provide more certainty for the level of demand. Ethanol producers are seeking new customers because they say domestic demand, as largely dictated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s blend mandates, is unlikely to see huge increases in the near term. A delegation led by the Renewable Fuels Association recently traveled to China to discuss market access.
The group says China wants to learn more about the Renewable Fuels Standard because officials in China think something similar may work in their country to grow ethanol production.
Source: NAFB News Service