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Is China Scraping Its Ethanol Program (Int'l. Report)
China Ethanol
Date: 2019-09-20
According to Agricensus, China's corn reserve is reportedly down from 211 million metric tonnes earlier this year to 56 million metric tonnes following its 4th consecutive annual auction to cut back on the overwhelming stocks and help regulate its domestic corn price.

The sudden plunge is also spurring Trade floor rumors that China is planning to scrap its 2020 ethanol mandate because of the low stocks. The implication being that China won't be in the market for U.S. ethanol unless the Trump administration works out a trade deal and ends its trade war with China. (Source: RFD TV, 18 Sept., 2019)

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China Plans Tripling of Ethanol Production (Int'l Report)
China Ethanol,China National Renewable Energy Centre
Date: 2018-12-12
According to the China National Renewable Energy Centre in Guangzhou, China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020 to meet an expected surge in demand for clean fuels. The country is currently building or seeking approval for new ethanol plants totaling 6.6 million tpy capacit.

China produced 2.8 million tonnes of ethanol in 2017. Current capacity is estimated at approximately 3.38 million tonnes, including recently approved plants still under construction. Of those, corn-based ethanol capacity is around 1.45 million tpy, followed by cassava, wheat, sorghum and rice. (Source: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Reuters, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: China National Renewable Energy Centre, Dou Kejun, Researcher,

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Beijing Adds 25 pct Import Duty on US Ethanol (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-20
It is being widely reported that as Trump's trade war between the world's two largest economies escalates, Beijing has announced it will slap another 25 pct import duty on a range of US products, including ethanol. (Source: Various Media, 18 June 2018)

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Tianjin City Announces Ethanol Blended Gasoline Plan (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-11
In China, Reuters is reporting that by the end of Sept. the port city of Tianjin -- pop 15,000,000 -- will use ethanol-blended gasoline in most vehicles, according to the city government's website.

Tianjin is expected to use 260,000 tpy of fuel ethanol produced from approximately 780,000 tpy of corn. China is currently sitting on huge stocks of corn estimated to be at about 200 million tonnes, following a now discontinued government stockpiling scheme to support farmers. Although China currently produces under 2.5 million tpy of ethanol the new policy could increase demand to 15 million tpy by 2020, according to a Reuters estimate.

As previously reported, in 2017, China announced plans to roll out E-10 ethanol blended fuel on a national scale by 2020. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 11 June, 2018)

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China Adds 15 pct Tariff on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l. Report)
China Ethanol
Date: 2018-04-04
Following up on our March 30 coverage, on Monday, China added an additional 15 pct tariff on ethanol imports from the U.S. The previous duty was 30 pct. The tariffs, effective Monday, will eliminate cost savings from importing cheaper US ethanol versus domestic supply, according to a Reuters report.

China's domestic ethanol production stands at about 2.5 million tpy. (Source: Khmer Times, Various Others, Reuters, 3 April, 2018)

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China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-30
It is being widely reported that China is threatening to impose extra tariffs on imported ethanol and 27 other products from the US, following President Donald Trump's protectionist tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Chinese ethanol tariff would bring the total tariff on US ethanol imports to 45 pct, following a 30 pct tariff imposed by China in January 2017. The hike could virtually end US biofuel exports to China which is trying to increase its domestic ethanol production as it readies itself for a national policy requiring petrol to comprise 10 pct ethanol (E10) starting in 2020 -- a move aimed at assisting its wider efforts to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions. , China produced more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, according to USDA data. (Source: Renewable News, NewsBase, Various Others, 29 Mar., 2018)

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Chinese US Ethanol Imports Up Ahead of Possible Tariff (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-28
Bloomberg is reporting China's purchases of ethanol from the US totaled 189,035 cubic meters in February, the highest since May 2016, according to Chinese customs data. Purchases had slumped in 2017 after China imposed a 30 pct tariff on imports from the US.

Chinese companies have ordered more than 600,000 tons of ethanol from the US for blending into gasoline in the first half of the year, according to the China Alcoholic Drinks Association, which oversees the fuel ethanol industry. China is expanding its ethanol mandate nationwide by 2020. (Source: China Alcoholic Drinks Association, Bloomberg, 26 Mar., 2018)

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China Expanding Bioethanol Production, Consumption (Int'l)
Chinese State Administration of Grain
Date: 2018-02-21
In Beijing, the Chinese State Administration of Grain (SAG) is reporting China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. The surplus is the result of years of support for corn farmers.

To help make use of the excess stock, China last year announced a plan for nationwide use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020. Outlining the work priorities for 2018, the SAG said it will accelerate the use of grain stockpiles and reform grain storage mechanisms to make them more market-oriented, according to the State Administration of Grain. (Source: Chinese State Administration of Grain, Xinhua, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: Chinese State Administration of Grain,

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China's SDIC Announces Corn Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l)
China State Development & Investment Corporation
Date: 2017-11-08
In Beijing, the China State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC) reports the signing of a framework agreement for construction of a 3 billion yuan ($452 million), 4-5 million tpy ethanol plant in the city of Fujin, Heilongjiang province. The new facility will use 1.85 million tpy of corn as a feedstock. (Source: China State Development & Investment Corporation, Times of India, Reuters, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: China State Development & Investment Corporation,

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China Acts on Biofuel with Ethanol Blending Plan (Int'l)

Date: 2017-09-18
According to statements from the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) , and the National Energy Administration, China is expanding the use of ethanol produced from agricultural waste under a nationwide policy to reduce the demand for and use of petroleum fuels. To that end, all petrol sold for vehicles in China will need to contain at least 10 pct ethanol by the year 2020. (Source: South China Morning Post, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

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China Pushing Domestic Ethanol Production (Int'l Report)
China Ethanol
Date: 2017-09-15
In Beijing, China's National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration have announced plans to reduce smog in many cities and greenhouse gas emissions while “making better use of expired or overcapacity” corn production. roll out the use of fuel ethanol in E-10 blends nationwide by 2020.

China the world's third-largest bioethanol producer behind the U.S. and Brazil, as well as the world's largest automobile market, uses nearly 2.6 million tpy of ethanol but aims to raise production to 4 million tpy by 2020. The government aims to build an advanced liquid biofuel system and put into operation a demonstration facility that will be able to produce 50,000 tons of ethanol derived from cellulose a year by 2020.

China banned the use of grain for ethanol production in 2007 to ensure sufficient food supplies, and biofuel manufacturers have since turned to sweet potatoes, sorghum and straw instead. The country later lifted the ban in a number of provinces (Source: Xinhua, Shanghai Daily, Others, 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

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