Definitions, Sources and Explanatory Notes

 Category:   Natural Gas Imports & Exports/Pipelines
 Topic:   International & Interstate Movements by State


Key Terms Definition
Deliveries The physical transfer of natural, synthetic, and/or supplemental gas from facilities operated by the responding company to facilities operated by others or to consumers.
Exports Natural Gas deliveries out of the Continental United States and Alaska to foreign countries.
Imports Natural Gas received in the Continental United States (including Alaska) from a foreign country.
Natural Gas A gaseous mixture of hydrocarbon compounds, the primary one being methane.
Net Imports and Receipts The amount by which imports and receipts exceed exports and deliveries.
Receipts Deliveries of fuel to an electric plant ; Purchases of fuel ; All revenues received by an exporter for the reported quantity exported.

For definitions of related energy terms, refer to the EIA Energy Glossary.


Form EIA-176, "Annual Report of Natural and Supplemental Gas Supply and Disposition" , Form EIA-895, "Monthly and Annual Quantity and Value of Natural Gas Production Report" , and the United States Minerals Management Service.

  • Background on "Natural Gas Annual" data
  • Natural Gas Survey Forms and Instructions

  •   Explanatory Notes

  • Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
  • Positive numbers denote net receipts/imports; negative numbers denote net deliveries/exports.
  • EIA reduced the reported volume of gas imported by pipeline from Canada by the amount of natural gas liquids removed from the saturated natural gas carried by Alliance Pipeline. Alliance moves saturated natural gas from the border to a processing plant in Illinois. After the adjustment, volumes of imported natural gas on this pipeline are on the same physical basis as other reported volumes of pipeline imports.
  • LNG prices are a volume-weighted average of the prices reported by cargo. See the LNG Monthly from the Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, for more information on what is included in the individual LNG prices.