USDA: May ethanol, distillers grain exports up from 2018

By Erin Voegele | July 08, 2019

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data July 3, reporting that the U.S. exported nearly 99.61 million gallons of ethanol and approximately 1.02 million tons of distillers grains in May.

The U.S. exported 99.61 million gallons of ethanol in May, up from 91.15 million gallons during the same month of 2018, but down from 150.17 million gallons in April.

According to USDA data, the U.S. exported ethanol to more than three dozen countries in May. Canada was the top destination for U.S. ethanol, at 23.08 million gallons, followed by India, Brazil, the Philippines, and South Korea at 14.39 million gallons, 10.31 million gallons, 9.12 million gallons and 9.03 million gallons, respectively.

The value of U.S. ethanol exports reached $165.24 million in May, up from $151.78 million in the same month of the prior year, but down from $240.74 million in April.

During the first five months of 2019, U.S. ethanol exports reached 631.51 million gallons at a value of $1.02 billion, down from 781.21 million gallons at a value of $1.27 billion during the same period of 2018.

Distillers grains exports reached 1.02 million tons in May, up from 987,151 tons in the same month of the previous year and up from 917,836 tons in April.

The U.S. exported distillers grains to approximately 34 nations during the month. Mexico was the top destination for U.S. distillers grains in May, with exports reaching 228,618 tons, followed by Turkey, South Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia with volumes of 116,247 tons, 109,639 tons, 91,734 tons and 75,134 tons, respectively.

The value of distillers grains exports reached $208.51 million in May, up from $206.47 million in May 2018 and $195.35 million in April.

During the first five months of the year, distillers grains exports reached 4.39 million tons at a value of $921.99 million, compared to 4.6 million tons at a value of $917.77 million during the same period of last year.