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Brazil announces 30-day delay of ethanol import tariff

Pro-biofuel groups pledge to continue working with Brazilian policymakers on issue.

The U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy issued a joint statement following the Brazilian decision to further delay a decision on ethanol import tariffs.

Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, the Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, announced Tuesday (July 25) a 30-day delay of a decision on a pending proposal to impose a 20% tariff on U.S. ethanol imports. The proposal would allow 132.1 million gallons annually of U.S. ethanol imports before triggering the tariff.

“We are encouraged to see Brazil’s postponement on a decision regarding a pending proposal to impose tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports," said U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. "This decision should not be taken lightly, as imposing tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports will hurt Brazilian consumers by driving up their costs at the pump. Additionally, this action on U.S. ethanol imports will go against Brazil’s own longstanding view that ethanol tariffs are inappropriate and will harm the development of the global ethanol industry.

"We will continue to work towards educating Brazilian policymakers on how misguided this tariff would be, which would harm consumers by denying them access to the lowest cost, cleanest and highest octane source of fuel in the world. This proposal, if implemented, would have wide-ranging and long-standing impacts on both our industries and the global fuel supply.”

Source: U.S. Grains Council

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