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Ethanol joins US fuels influencing global exports

Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 per cent this year to the highest level since 2011

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THE US is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets.

Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 per cent this year to the highest level since 2011, meeting demand from South Korea to Persian Gulf oil producers. The growth in sales follows a tripling of gasoline and diesel exports since 2009.

While the shale-oil boom created a stream of refined products flowing overseas, the ethanol surge is being driven by record crops. The US is producing about 66 million tonnes more corn than a decade ago, almost as much as the rest of the world will export this year. Global demand for US ethanol is helping ward off a glut after the government eased obligations to blend the...

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