The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) led a US ethanol mission to Mexico on May 24 and May 25. Acting deputy secretary of agriculture Michael Scuse said the aim was to support the creation of an ethanol industry in Mexico, where domestic production could be supplemented with US imports.

As part of the initiative, representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the US Grains Council had meetings with government officials, legislators and Mexico’s private industry.

The mission comes as Mexican state-owned oil company PEMEX plans to start selling E6 (5.8%) ethanol-blended gasoline in selected cities in three Mexican states. According to the RFA, adopting E6 throughout Mexico could create a market for 790 million gallons of ethanol.

“With domestic use artificially capped by EPA at 14.8 billion gallons, we will continue to seek export opportunities,” said RFA general counsel Ed Hubbard, who is on the trade mission.

The US is the world's largest producer of ethanol, accounting for more than 50% of the global supply, according to USDA.


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