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Table 6.3 Natural Gas Imports, Exports, and Net Imports, 1949-2011 (Billion Cubic Feet, Except as Noted)
Table 6.3  Natural Gas Imports, Exports, and Net Imports, 1949-2011
                     (Billion Cubic Feet, Except as Noted)



Year
Imports by Country of Origin Exports by Country of Destination Net Imports 1

Algeria 2

Canada 3

Egypt 2

Mexico 3

Nigeria 2

Qatar 2
Trinidad
and Tobago 2

Other 2,4

Total

Canada 3

Japan 2

Mexico 3

Other 2,5

Total 

Total
Percent of U.S.
Consumption
1949 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (s) 0 20 0 20 -20 [6]
1950 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 23 0 26 -26 [6]
1951 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 21 0 24 -24 [6]
1952 0 8 0 (s) 0 0 0 0 8 6 0 22 0 27 -20 [6]
1953 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 6 0 22 0 28 -19 [6]
1954 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 6 0 23 0 29 -22 [6]
1955 0 11 0 (s) 0 0 0 0 11 11 0 20 0 31 -20 [6]
1956 0 10 0 (s) 0 0 0 0 10 17 0 19 0 36 -26 [6]
1957 0 21 0 17 0 0 0 0 38 31 0 11 0 42 -4 [6]
1958 0 90 0 46 0 0 0 0 136 32 0 7 0 39 97 0.9
1959 0 83 0 51 0 0 0 0 134 12 0 7 0 18 116 1.0
1960 0 109 0 47 0 0 0 0 156 6 0 6 0 11 144 1.2
1961 0 167 0 52 0 0 0 0 219 6 0 5 0 11 208 1.7
1962 0 350 0 51 0 0 0 0 402 6 0 10 0 16 386 2.9
1963 0 356 0 50 0 0 0 0 406 7 0 10 0 17 389 2.8
1964 0 391 0 53 0 0 0 0 443 10 0 10 0 20 424 2.9
1965 0 405 0 52 0 0 0 0 456 18 0 8 0 26 430 2.8
1966 0 430 0 50 0 0 0 0 480 20 0 4 0 25 455 2.8
1967 0 513 0 51 0 0 0 0 564 70 0 11 0 82 483 2.8
1968 0 604 0 47 0 0 0 0 652 82 0 12 0 94 558 3.0
1969 0 680 0 47 0 0 0 0 727 35 3 13 0 51 676 3.4
1970 1 779 0 41 0 0 0 0 821 11 44 15 0 70 751 3.6
1971 1 912 0 21 0 0 0 0 935 14 50 16 0 80 854 3.9
1972 2 1,009 0 8 0 0 0 0 1,019 16 48 15 0 78 941 4.3
1973 3 1,028 0 2 0 0 0 0 1,033 15 48 14 0 77 956 4.3
1974 0 959 0 (s) 0 0 0 0 959 13 50 13 0 77 882 4.2
1975 5 948 0 0 0 0 0 0 953 10 53 9 0 73 880 4.5
1976 10 954 0 0 0 0 0 0 964 8 50 7 0 65 899 4.5
1977 11 997 0 2 0 0 0 0 1,011 (s) 52 4 0 56 955 4.9
1978 84 881 0 0 0 0 0 0 966 (s) 48 4 0 53 913 4.7
1979 253 1,001 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,253 (s) 51 4 0 56 1,198 5.9
1980 86 797 0 102 0 0 0 0 985 (s) 45 4 0 49 936 4.7
1981 37 762 0 105 0 0 0 0 904 (s) 56 3 0 59 845 4.4
1982 55 783 0 95 0 0 0 0 933 (s) 50 2 0 52 882 4.9
1983 131 712 0 75 0 0 0 0 918 (s) 53 2 0 55 864 5.1
1984 36 755 0 52 0 0 0 0 843 (s) 53 2 0 55 788 4.4
1985 24 926 0 0 0 0 0 0 950 (s) 53 2 0 55 894 5.2
1986 0 749 0 0 0 0 0 2 750 9 50 2 0 61 689 4.2
1987 0 993 0 0 0 0 0 0 993 3 49 2 0 54 939 5.5
1988 17 1,276 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,294 20 52 2 0 74 1,220 6.8
1989 42 1,339 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,382 38 51 17 0 107 1,275 6.7
1990 84 1,448 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,532 17 53 16 0 86 1,447 7.5
1991 64 1,710 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,773 15 54 60 0 129 1,644 8.4
1992 43 2,094 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,138 68 53 96 0 216 1,921 9.5
1993 82 2,267 0 2 0 0 0 0 2,350 45 56 40 0 140 2,210 10.6
1994 51 2,566 0 7 0 0 0 0 2,624 53 63 47 0 162 2,462 11.6
1995 18 2,816 0 7 0 0 0 0 2,841 28 65 61 0 154 2,687 12.1
1996 35 2,883 0 14 0 0 0 5 2,937 52 68 34 0 153 2,784 12.3
1997 66 2,899 0 17 0 0 0 12 2,994 56 62 38 0 157 2,837 12.5
1998 69 3,052 0 15 0 0 0 17 3,152 40 66 53 0 159 2,993 13.5
1999 76 3,368 0 55 0 20 51 17 3,586 39 64 61 0 163 3,422 15.3
2000 47 3,544 0 12 13 46 99 21 3,782 73 66 106 0 244 3,538 15.2
2001 65 3,729 0 10 38 23 98 14 3,977 167 66 141 0 373 3,604 16.2
2002 27 3,785 0 2 8 35 151 8 4,015 189 63 263 0 516 3,499 15.2
2003 53 3,437 0 0 50 14 378 11 3,944 271 66 343 0 680 3,264 14.7
2004 120 3,607 0 0 12 12 462 46 4,259 395 62 397 0 854 3,404 15.2
2005 97 3,700 73 9 8 3 439 11 4,341 358 65 305 0 729 3,612 16.4
2006 17 3,590 120 13 57 0 389 0 4,186 341 61 322 0 724 3,462 16.0
2007 77 3,783 115 54 95 18 448 18 4,608 482 47 292 2 822 3,785 16.4
2008 0 3,589 55 43 12 3 267 15 3,984 559 39 365 0 963 3,021 13.0
2009 0 3,271 160 28 13 13 236 29 3,751 701 31 338 3 1,072 2,679 11.7
2010 0 R 3,280 73 30 42 46 190 81 R 3,741 R 739 33 333 32 R 1,137 R 2,604 R 11.0
2011P 0 3,102 35 3 2 91 129 92 3,453 937 18 500 52 1,507 1,946 8.0
1Net imports equal imports minus exports. 6Not meaningful because there were net exports during this year.
2As liquefied natural gas. R=Revised.  P=Preliminary.  (s)=Less than 0.5 billion cubic feet.  
3By pipeline, except for very small amounts of liquefied natural gas imported from Canada in 1973,
1977, and 1981, and exported to Mexico beginning in 1998.
Note:  Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
4Australia in 1997-2001 and 2004; Brunei in 2002; Equatorial Guinea in 2007; Indonesia in 1986 and
2000; Malaysia in 1999 and 2002-2005; Norway in 2008 forward; Oman in 2000-2005; Peru in 2010 and
2011; United Arab Emirates in 1996-2000; Yemen in 2010 and 2011; and Other (unassigned) in 2004.
Web Pages:  -  See http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/#naturalgas for updated monthly and
annual data.  -  See http://www.eia.gov/naturalgas/ for related information.
5Brazil in 2010 and 2011; Chile in 2011; China in 2011; India in 2010 and 2011; Russia in 2007; South
Korea in 2009 forward; Spain in 2010 and 2011; and United Kingdom in 2010 and 2011.
Sources:  Percent of U.S. Consumption:  Calculated by dividing natural gas net imports by total natural
gas consumption-see Table 6.1.  All Other Data:  -  1949-1954-U.S. Energy Information Administration
(EIA) estimates based on Bureau of Mines, Minerals Yearbook, "Natural Gas" chapter.  -  1955-1971-EIA,
Federal Power Commission, by telephone.  -  1972-1987-EIA, Form FPC-14, "Annual Report for
Importers and Exporters of Natural Gas."    -  1988-2009-EIA, Natural Gas Annual, annual reports.
-  2010 and 2011-EIA, Natural Gas Monthly (March 2012), Tables 4 and 5.
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