Which Country Exports the Most Ethyl Alcohol in the World?

Basic Chemicals May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global ethanol exports amounted to 9M tonnes in 2016, increasing by 12% against the previous year level. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, an increase of 33% year-to-year. In that year, global ethanol exports reached its maximum volume of 9.2M tonnes. From 2012 to 2016, growth of global ethanol exports failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, ethanol exports totaled $7.2B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a strong growth from 2007 to 2016: the total exports value increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, ethanol exports decreased by -25.2% against its level of 2011. In that year, global ethanol exports reached its maximum level of $9.6B. From 2012 to 2016, growth of global ethanol exports stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Ethanol Exporting Countries in the World

1. USA (2,116.9 million USD)

2. Brazil (896.5 million USD)

3. Netherlands (641.7 million USD)

4. France (563.3 million USD)

5. Belgium (355.2 million USD)

6. Hungary (321.5 million USD)

7. Germany (265.1 million USD)

8. Pakistan (249.1 million USD)

9. United Kingdom (247.1 million USD)

10. South Africa (124.9 million USD)

11. Austria (124.8 million USD)

12. Guatemala (117.9 million USD)

Ethanol Exports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (2.5M tonnes), distantly followed by Brazil (1.4M tonnes), France (664K tonnes), the Netherlands (603K tonnes), Hungary (457K tonnes), and Belgium (431K tonnes) represented the major exporters of ethanol, together generating 68% of total exports. The following exporters - Germany (331K tonnes), the UK (327K tonnes), Pakistan (302K tonnes), Guatemala (175K tonnes), Austria (161K tonnes), and South Africa (150K tonnes) together made up 16% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ethanol exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Austria (+46.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($2.1B) remains the largest ethanol supplier in the world, making up 29% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Brazil ($897M), with the share of 12% of global exports. It was followed by the Netherlands, with the share of 9%.

In the U.S., ethanol exports stood at an average annual rate of +20.5% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Brazil (-5.4% per year) and the Netherlands (+0.7% per year).

Ethanol Export Prices By Country

The average ethanol export price stood at $799 per tonne in 2016, coming down by -8.7% against the previous year. Over the last nine years it increased at an average annual rate of +2.1%.The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when it surged by 24% y-o-y. Over the period under review, average ethanol export price reached its maximum level of $1,055 per tonne in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was the Netherlands ($1,064 per tonne), while Brazil ($625 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ethanol export prices was attained by Guatemala (+18.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2207 - Ethyl alcohol, undenatured; of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80% vol. or higher; ethyl alcohol and other spirits, denatured, of any strength.

Source: World: Ethyl Alcohol - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025