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Talks with China to cut ethanol tariffs 'positive'

April 11/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that talks with China regarding reducing Beijings tariff on U.S. ethanol products were positive but cautioned the discussions were not over, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"There have been conversations with China on reducing that tariff on ethanol, which would obviously be good for our domestic corn industry," he told reporters. "While things look positive, its never over till its over with the Chinese."

Beijing last summer imposed retaliatory tariffs of up to 70 percent on U.S. ethanol shipments, which made exports to the key market uneconomical. The United States and China have been embroiled in a tit-for-tat tariff battle since July 2018, roiling global financial markets and supply chains, and costing both of the worlds two largest economies billions of dollars.

U.S. officials are pressing China to make changes to address longstanding concerns over industrial subsidies, technology transfer and intellectual property rights.

The two sides wrapped up the latest round of talks in Washington late last week and will be resuming discussions this week remotely.

Perdue also added that he wanted the Environmental Protection Agency to more tightly control its use of small refinery waivers that exempt plants from their obligation to blend biofuels like corn-based ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard, and had discussed the matter with EPA chief Andrew Wheeler.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:ethylene, gas processing, China.
Category:General News
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