Japan’s 2012 Crude Imports Increase by the Most in Nine Years
Shipments to Japan, the world’s third-biggest crude user, rose 2.7 percent last year to 212.5 million kiloliters, or 3.65 million barrels a day, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed today. That is the biggest yearly increase since 2003, according to Bloomberg calculations based on historical METI data.
Overseas crude purchases during December were 19.3 million kiloliters, 1.1 percent higher than the same month last year, the figures showed. Oil-product imports fell 1 percent to 3.45 million, the ministry reported.
Purchases from Iran last year dropped 17 percent to 11 million kiloliters, or 189,000 barrels a day, according to the METI data.
Oil-product exports last year fell 12 percent to 24.4 million kiloliters, while imports rose 3.8 percent to 37.9 million, METI’s figures showed.
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