U.S. oil imports up, exports down last week: EIA

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HOUSTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. crude oil imports increased while exports decreased during the week ending Jan. 8, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday.

U.S. crude oil imports averaged 6.2 million barrels per day (b/d) last week, up by about 870,000 b/d from the previous week, while crude oil exports averaged about 3.0 million b/d, down by about 621,000 b/d from the previous week, according to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

Over the past four weeks, crude oil imports averaged about 5.6 million b/d, down by about 986,000 b/d year on year, while crude oil exports averaged about 3.3 million b/d, down by about 259,000 b/d year on year.

The United States has been a world important oil producer in the past years with the help of its shale oil production growth. Meanwhile, China is one of the biggest oil importers.

According to the latest release from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, China imported 45.36 million tonnes of crude oil in November 2020, down 0.8 percent year on year. Enditem

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