Brazil Country considers lifting tariff on U.S. ethanol

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, January 22, 2018
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Brazil is studying the removal of a 20% tariff on ethanol imports from the United States, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said, in a decision that could depend on Washington lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil. This was reported by Reuters.
Last year, Brazil imposed a 20% tax on ethanol imported from the U.S. that exceeds a 600 mill. liter annual quota to protect local producers as imports spiked.

Also in 2017, the U.S. banned shipments of fresh beef from Brazil following on a food safety scandal involving bribes paid to inspectors that led to heightened inspections by the U.S. and in turn uncovered potential health risks.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Maggi implied that a decision on removing the ethanol import tariff could depend on resolving the dispute on beef exports. The ban on fresh beef exports could be lifted by April, Maggi said, when he is expected to step down in order to meet a deadline to run for elected office in October.

Brazil has already submitted all of the material requested by the United States to address concerns over beef exports and is awaiting for the United States to decide whether the issue is resolved, he said.

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