US DDGS exports on the rise in Southeast Asia

By U.S. Grains Council | March 14, 2014

In 2013, Southeast Asia imported just over 1 million metric tons of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) from the United States, an increase from 2012.

The numbers for January 2014 are strong and tracking ahead of 2013 in year-over-year comparison: 110,112 tons for 2014 versus 93,304 tons in 2013. One reason for this – other than Vietnam increasing its imports by more than 22,000 tons – is the addition of Myanmar (Burma) to the list of importing countries.

The U.S. Grains Council's initial foray into Myanmar happened in late-2012 when Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director for Southeast Asia, traveled to Yangon, Mandalay and Shan provinces to meet local feed millers and traders.

"At the time, DDGS was an unknown product to the majority of feed companies and traders," Yusupov said.

In June 2013, Yusupov made his second trip to the country. This time he brought Kim Koch, North Dakota State University professor and Northern Crops Institute feed production center manager. The goal was to educate a group of feed millers on feed technology and DDGS use in poultry and swine nutrition.

"We held seminars and one-on-one meetings to share information about DDGS use in animal nutrition, DDGS production, product qualities and trade," Yusupov said. "The result of these successful trips is that we're seeing exports of U.S. commodities pick-up in markets such as Myanmar."