Asia Pacific

July 24, 2018

USDA assists farmers impacted by China's retaliatory tariffs

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced July 24 that the USDA will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Add'l tariffs rile soy growers as US-China trade war escalates

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment July 11 in Robert Lighthizer's announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods.The action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

After months of asking for alternative, soy farmers hit by tariff

BY The American Soybean Association Soybean farmers, whose crop represents 41 percent of the value of products on China's tariff list, will feel the full effect of the escalating trade war between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the government of the People's Republic of China. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Conventional soybean meal prices take a nosedive

BY UFOP Soybean meal prices have come down significantly since the beginning of May. Ample supply from Brazil, favorable growing conditions in the U.S. and an escalating trade dispute between China and the U.S. are putting downward pressure on prices. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Wilmar implements Inventure supercritical technology in China

BY Inventure Renewables Inventure Renewables announced successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International plant in Jiangsu province, China, to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Aemetis glycerin refining unit producing above nameplate capacity

BY Aemetis Inc. Universal Biofuels, Aemetis' Indian subsidiary, is producing refined glycerin at above nameplate capacity as demand for the product exceeds supply. The plant refines its own crude glycerin and imports crude product from Argentina and elsewhere. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Futures plunge as China retaliates with tariffs on US soybeans

BY Ron KotrbaThe escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is taking its toll on America's soybean farmers, as soybean futures dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel April 4 following China's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Last hurdle cleared in US biodiesel trade case as ITC votes 4-0

BY The National Biodiesel Board On April 3 the U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition's position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly dumped imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

ADM blames imports for cutting German biodiesel output

BY Ron KotrbaADM announced plans in March to temporarily cease production of biodiesel at its facility in Mainz, Germany, as a result of increased biodiesel imports into the EU. Last fall, looming imports caused France's Saipol to make a similar decision. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Chinese researchers boost algae lipids, reduce peroxidation

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

US Department of Commerce issues final antidumping determination

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the U.S. below fair value, and the cash deposit requirements on imports from these countries will be updated based on the final amount of dumping found. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Carinata seed distribution agreement discussions underway

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Following a recent transpacific flight powered by carinata biojet fuel, Agrisoma Biosciences and Nuseed are in discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seed. Both events signal the beginning of a new market for Australian growers. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Biojet fuel propels Qantas' historic transpacific flight

BY Qantas The world's first dedicated biofuel flight between the U.S. and Australia, QF96 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, was scheduled to depart Jan. 29. The biofuel, processed from Brassica Carinata by AltAir Fuels, powered Qantas' Dreamliner 787-9. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

WTO: EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel must conform to GATT 1994

BY Ron KotrbaEU antidumping duties against Indonesian biodiesel are expected to be lowered, following a WTO panel report stating that the duties are inconsistent with provisions in established trade rules and must be brought into conformity with GATT 1994. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

USITC votes 4-0 that US biodiesel industry injured by imports

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. International Trade Commission determined in a 4-0 vote that the U.S. biodiesel industry is materially injured by biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, which the U.S. Department of Commerce previously determined are subsidized. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US upholds stiff duties in biodiesel imports subsidies case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department issued its final determination in the case of subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers must pay cash deposits of more than 70 percent for Argentine and 34 to 65 percent for Indonesian biodiesel. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

US biodiesel coalition to testify at ITC imports hearing Nov. 9

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. International Trade Commission will hold a hearing Nov. 9 concerning biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Members of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition will testify, as well as two U.S. senators. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Antidumping ruling places more duties on US biodiesel imports

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Department of Commerce found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the U.S. below fair value, so it imposed preliminary duties on imports from these countries based on the amount of dumping found. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs

BY Niamh Boyle Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the international trade of low carbon feedstock. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

In Depth: Biodiesel and the Ever-changing Political Landscape

BY Ron KotrbaIndustry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice of Data Availability. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine 2018 outlook webinar available free OnDemand

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine's 2018 Editorial Outlook Webinar, recorded Oct. 11, is available OnDemand, and registration is free of charge. Registrants are eligible for an exclusive advertising discount only available through this special offer. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

EU-28 biodiesel imports likely to increase significantly

BY UFOP Following the recent EU decision to substantially lower import duties on Argentinian biodiesel, spurred by a World Trade Organization ruling last year, imports into the EU-28 are likely to rise sharply, producing considerable shifts in the market. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

Aemetis completes enzymatic biodiesel production unit in India

BY Aemetis Inc. The Aemetis subsidiary in India, Universal Biofuels, plans to export its biodiesel to the U.S. to help make up for the shortfall in imports after duties were imposed on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel by the U.S. Department of Commerce. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Largest US biodiesel producer responds to trade ruling

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The U.S Department of Commerce announced its preliminary decision Aug. 22 to impose countervailing duties on biodiesel imported into the U.S. from Argentina and Indonesia. REG's CEO said this is a victory for American manufacturing and job creation. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Commerce dept. rules in favor of US producers in trade dispute

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers will be required to pay cash deposits. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EBB: There is no reason EU should act now to lower import duties

BY The European Biodiesel Board EU member states are to decide on the European Commission's proposal to radically lower the antidumping duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The European biodiesel industry warns of the dramatic impact that this decision may have. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US commerce department extends trade investigation deadline

BY Ron KotrbaIn the ongoing biodiesel trade dispute between the U.S. and Argentina and Indonesia, the U.S. Department of Commerce has extended the deadline for making its preliminary determination on the countervailing duties claim until August. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Sustainable palm oil certification reaches 21 percent penetration

BY Matt Rudolf, SCS Global Services In the past few years, palm oil certification under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil standard has reached 21 percent penetration of the global market driven by consumer demand, pressure from retail buyers, and governmental actions. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Aemetis, BP Singapore sign 3-year biodiesel supply contract

BY Aemetis Inc. California-based Aemetis Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has signed a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Ltd., the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio. READ MORE