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Japan’s May ethanol imports rise 12% on month to 70,313 cu m

Japan’s total ethanol imports rose 11.99% month on month to 70,313 cu min May, data released Monday by the Trade Statistics of Japan showed.

Ethanol imports in May were, however, 1.77% or 1,267 cu m lower year onyear.

The import volume of undenatured ethanol fell 7.01% month on month to58,384 cu m in May.

Pakistan was the biggest supplier of undenatured ethanol during themonth, accounting for 42.21%, followed by Brazil at 31.63%.

Brazil has been the biggest supplier of undenatured ethanol to Japan sofar this year, accounting for 48.65% of the total 276,208 cu m of undenaturedethanol imported by Japan since January 2018. Pakistan was the second largestsupplier, with 23.40%.

As for denatured ethanol for bio-ethyl tert-butyl ether production, Japanimported 11,929 cu m from Brazil in May, 7.20% lower year on year. There wereno imports in April.

As of April this year, Japan allowed US corn-based ethanol as feedstockfor ETBE production. Prior to that, only Brazilian cane-based ethanol wasallowed for ETBE production.

Japanese refiners first introduced ETBE-blended gasoline as part ofTokyo’s commitment under the Kyoto Protocol to cut GHG emissions by 6% from1990 levels during 2008-2012.
Source: Platts

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