By Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released export numbers for May 2020. This is the first reporting month that truly began to show the negative effects of the demand destroyed by COVID-19 due to reduced driving around the globe. May’s exports reported at 67.5 million gallons (mg) — an almost 32% reduction from May’s one year ago, which was 98.8 mg.

The strong pre-COVID start to 2020 still has year-to-date exports slightly ahead of this point in 2019 (652 mg versus 641mg), while the most recent twelve-month rolling totals (1.47 billion gallons) have 2020 beginning to lose ground to the same twelve month period one year ago (1.53bg).

Several individual country notables over the past twelve months include Canada slightly overtaking Brazil in the top spot with exports of 323mg versus 319mg. The shipment pace to India is strong coming in at 198mg versus 190mg in the previous twelve-month period. South Korea has also had solid buying, increasing 18mg to 117mg, due to increasing amounts of ethanol being used to replace methanol in window washing fluids. Mexico exports were strong for a second consecutive month as 9mg was sent south in what is believed to satisfy demand for the hand sanitizer market.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the impacts of COVID-19 on exports in the weeks and months ahead.

Latest Updates see all

get email updates on our work and how you can help

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Don't forget to register for next Wednesday. On Oct. 28 @EmilySkor and new @NationalCorn President John Linder will host a virtual town hall to discuss the opportunities on the horizon for corn and biofuel producers. Register here:…

via @GrowthEnergy

It has been a real challenge for the Biofuels this year!!! Great to have the opportunity to visit with @EmilySkor and talk about the bright future of Biofuels!!!

via @NieuwenhuisSeed

@GrowthEnergy CEO Emily Skor joined farmer and biofuel leader Kelly Nieuwenhuis for a virtual conversation on the biofuel landscape and top priorities for the agricultural community leading into the new year. @iowafuel #biofuels #bioethanol #US #farming

via @biofuelsmag

Market certainty keeps the corn moving, ethanol plants running, trucking companies in business, and much more! @EmilySkor & @NieuwenhuisSeed discuss their latest work to improve certainty for farmers and biofuel producers while growing our markets!…

via @GrowthEnergy