Map: biomass pellet and briquette tariffs

Source: WTO MFN rates, most recent year available

Not that there are too many surprises here but it is still interesting.

About Charles

Charles works for Anyang Gemco Energy Machinery Co., Ltd (GEMCO), a Chinese manufacturer of agricultural machinery and a subsidiary of the AGICO Group. He writes from Anyang in China's Henan province, known as the nation's "breadbasket" due to its agricultural prowess. It is the mission of this blog to add depth to an issue of international importance: sustainable energy, specifically the role of biomass, by providing a developing world perspective.
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4 Responses to Map: biomass pellet and briquette tariffs

  1. Achal Gupta says:

    I could not understand the map, could someone please tell what is the interpretation of the legend ? what does the percentage signifies?

    • Charles says:

      The colors signify the tariff, or ad valorem, rates applied to imported biomass pellets and briquettes by the country of that color from other World Trade Organization member countries–also known as Most Favored Nations (MFN). If there is no such tariff (denoted as “0%”) levied by a particular country, that country is colored blue. For tariff rates between 1 and 5 percent, green, and so on. The last category, countries colored red, are for those with the highest tariffs on imported biomass pellets and briquettes–above 20 percent.

      I hope this is helpful. If not I can email you a link to the source as well as my spreadsheet.

      • Arturo Velez says:

        Can you please email me the link to the source as well as your spreadsheet? Thanks!

        I’d also like to send you some info on agave as feedstock for biofuels/bioproducts production and bioenergy generation. On an annual basis, one hectare of agave yields 3-10 times the sugars of one hectare of sugarcane in Brazil. If you are harvesting for high-quality dry biomass (62% cellulose content), you’ll get a yield of 40-65 tonnes of dry biomass per hectare per year from year 3 after plantation is established.

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