USDA: U.S. ethanol exports top 100 million gallons in September

By Erin Voegele | November 12, 2019

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released September export data on Nov. 5 reporting the U.S. exported 100.31 million gallons of ethanol and 1.05 million tons of distillers grains during the month.

The 100.31 million gallons of ethanol exported in September was up slightly when compared to the 98.56 million gallons exported in September 2018, but down from the 122.52 million gallons exported in August.

The U.S. exported ethanol to approximately 30 countries in September. Canada was the top destination for U.S. ethanol exports during the month with 32.38 million gallons, followed by Brazil with 17.78 million gallons and South Korea with 8.89 million gallons.

The value of U.S ethanol exports reached $152.22 million, down from $202.3 million in August and $161.19 million in September 2018.

Total U.S. ethanol exports for the first nine months of 2019 reached 1.1 billion gallons at a value of $1.77 billion, compared to 1.25 billion gallons at a value of $2.01 billion reported for the same period of 2018.

The U.S. also exported 1.05 million tons of distillers grains in September, down from 1.12 million tons in August, but up from 1.03 million tons in September 2018.

The U.S. exported distillers grains to more than three dozen countries in September. Mexico was the top destination with 136,886 tons, followed by Vietnam with 125,257 tons and Turkey with 94,981 tons.

The total value of U.S. distillers grains exports reached $213.13 million in September, down from $230.79 million in August and $220.97 million in September 2018.

Total U.S. distillers grains exports for the first nine months of 2019 reached 8.35 million tons at a value of $1.74 billion, compared to 8.9 million tons at a value of $1.85 billion during the same period of last year.

Additional data is available on the USDA FAS website