Beware: Flood of Chinese Used Cooking Oil Popping up in the US

News story, did not know its resold

Flood of China Used Cooking Oil Spurs Call to Hike US Levies

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-05-13/flood-of-chinese-used-cooking-oil-spurs-call-to-boost-us-tariffs?utm_campaign=bn&utm_medium=distro&utm_source=yahooUS

start using tallow

For biofuel, I think.

This is about the US, right?

Guy

Not necessarily. Lots of US-bound products end up in weird resale situations in Taiwan (Christmas nerd ropes in June, Halloween m&ms in January. Clothing at “outlet” stores that still have their Marshall’s/TJ Max labels w/price in USD…)

Yes, but I believe the used cooking oil story here is specific to the US. Chinese exports of used cooking oil to the US surged after the Inflation Reduction Act provided large incentives for biofuel production, which is what this UCO is used for. But US soybean producers are objecting that the flood of UCO from China is weakening demand for domestic soybean products and are asking for larger tariffs. This version of the story is not paywalled:

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Could apply to Taiwan, oil can go anywhere not only to USA.

No but this is biofuels. It’s not being reused as cooking oil.

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