Vietnam is once again opening its doors to imports of distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGs). Meanwhile, a report has come to light that bolsters the argument for increased European biofuels.

Vietnam lifts ban on US distillers’ grains imports

Vietnam has lifted its ban on imports of distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGs), an animal feed byproduct of corn-based ethanol.

Vietnam, which formerly was the No. 3 destination for the feed, announced a suspension of DDGs imports in October after claiming supplies were contaminated with the ballion, or warehouse beetle.

“We are very pleased to hear the news from Vietnam overnight that, as of today, import permits will be issued for U.S. DDGs and new phosphine fumigation protocols will be acceptable for shipments of U.S. corn, DDGs and wheat,” Tom Sleight, president of the trade group U.S. Grains Council, said in a statement.

One trader said Vietnamese buyers already were calling him to book cargoes and that he sold a shipment of about 10,000 tons. “I’m getting run over by demand,” he said.

Through the first six months of the year Vietnam purchased only 2,012 tons of U.S. DDGs, down from shipments of 438,468 tons in the first six months of 2016, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Total DDGs exports to Vietnam in 2016 were a record of 1.156 million tons.

Get more on this story from the Daily Mail, or learn more about DDGs right here on Think Bioenergy.

EU slammed for sitting on report showing benefits of biofuels

A leading trade association has slammed the European Commission for sitting on a two-year old report which showed crop-based biofuels could reduce emissions of dangerous pollutants and boost car engine performance.

The Commission has now published the study, which was conducted in October 2015, six months after it proposed phasing out “greener” fuel made from low-grade wheat.

Making this kind of fuel, which is blended with ethanol, provides a market for arable farmers and creates high-protein animal feed as a by-product.

The Commission’s research showed increasing ethanol blends in fuel from 5% to 10 or 20% would improve air quality and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

“Instead of calling for a phase-out of sustainably produced biofuels like ethanol, the EU should be promoting their use,” said Emmanuel Desplechin, secretary general of ePure, the European renewable energy association.

Read more at the Farmers Guardian.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.