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By Sam Cowie, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the world’s second largest ethanol producer (after the U.S.), Brazil slipped into a rather enviable position on Friday when U.S. Congress dropped its ethanol import tariffs. According to industry experts, the long awaited move could see Brazilian ethanol exports increase by tenfold over the next decade, due to demand for Brazil’s sugarcane-based ethanol that Brazil claims is cheaper, cleaner and more efficient.

An immediate increase in Brazilian ethanol exports is considered unlikely, as Brazil is currently struggling to cope with its own weighty domestic ethanol . . .

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