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Brazil decides to impose tariff on U.S. ethanol importsBrazil decides to impose tariff on U.S. ethanol imports

CAMEX approved recommendation to impose 20% tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after 600 million-liter tariff rate quota.

Jacqui Fatka

August 24, 2017

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Brazil decides to impose tariff on U.S. ethanol imports

Brazil's Minister of Agriculture, Livestock & Supply Blairo Maggi tweeted Wednesday afternoon that CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, has approved a recommendation to impose a 20% tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million-liter tariff rate quota (TRQ).

Local media are reporting that this TRQ would be in place for the following two years, stymieing access to a large and growing market for U.S. ethanol exports, according to ethanol groups.

In a joint statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) president and chief executive officer Tom Sleight, Renewable Fuels Assn. (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, they said they’re “disappointed and discouraged” to see the ruling imposing a tariff on U.S. ethanol.

“Given the tremendous volume of information we provided to Brazil that demonstrated how misguided a tariff would be, it seemed politics prevailed today, and Brazilian consumers lost. Imposing tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports will hurt Brazilian consumers by driving up their costs at the pump,” the joint statement noted.

“Additionally, this action goes against Brazil’s long-standing view that ethanol tariffs are inappropriate and will effectively close off an open and bilateral trading relationship that benefits all sides. We strongly urge this recommendation to be reversed as soon as possible and will work to that end through all available pathways,” the CEOs said.

Related:Brazil delays decision on ethanol import tariff

U.S. ethanol producers have already shipped a total of 146.4 million gal. to Brazil in the first quarter of 2017, meaning the country has accounted for almost 40% of total year-to-date U.S. exports. Brazil was again the top recipient of U.S. ethanol in March and April, importing 36.7 million gal. (29% of the total market share) in March and 44.5 million gal. (slightly more than half of the total volume) in April.

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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