IL Corn celebrating market access for US ethanol in Japan

IL Corn celebrating market access for US ethanol in Japan

Earlier this year Japan lifted all restrictions on US ethanol imports and the Illinois Corn Growers Association is excited for the future of the market.

Collin Watters, Director of Exports and Logistics with IL Corn tells Brownfield previously Japan would not accept US ethanol because its carbon intensity score wasn’t low enough, so they worked to update the models and show Japanese officials the benefits of the product.

“So right now US ethanol can enter the Japanese market and there’s no limitation on how much can go into that market now, so it’s a level playing field between the US and Brazil.”

He says there is potential for more market growth in Japan as the country looks into direct blending and focuses on ethanol-based jet fuel technologies to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuels.

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