Japan will now allow U.S. ethanol to meet up to 44 percent of a total estimated demand of 217 million gallons of ethanol used to make ETBE, or potentially 95.5 million gallons of U.S.-produced ethanol, worth about $140 million, annually.
This didn’t just happen.
Helping other countries understand the need for renewable, cleaner fuels to control global pollution issues has been an uphill educational battle and one that we are excited to finally be getting ahead of.
The U.S. Grains Council, an organization that promotes U.S. products in other countries, has led this effort to get U.S. ethanol into Japan, and now is reaping the benefits of their work. In late June, a delegation of U.S. business and state government leaders traveled to the country, led by Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney, to answer Japanese questions about how this fuel could work for them.
“While we have opened the door to ethanol exports to Japan, we still have a lot of work to do,” said Darren Armstrong, USGC secretary/treasurer and farmer from North Carolina, who participated in the mission. “The Council and our partners have an opportunity to provide more information to the Japanese government as well as to the entire value chain about the many benefits of ethanol.”
“With this decision, Japan recognizes the environmental value of U.S. corn-based ethanol,” Armstrong said. “Going forward, our role is to further demonstrate the economic value of using even greater volumes of ethanol, including through direct blending, as is done in the United States.”