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Company Level Imports

With Data for September 2018   |  Release Date:  November 30, 2018   |  Next Release Date: December 31, 2018   |   XLS     

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September 2018 Import Highlights

Monthly data on the origins of crude oil imports in September 2018 show that one country, Canada, exported more than one million barrels per day to the United States (see table below). The top five exporting countries accounted for 83% of United States crude oil imports in September while the top ten sources accounted for approximately 92% of all U.S. crude oil imports. The top five sources of U.S. crude oil imports for September were Canada (3.5 million b/d), Saudi Arabia (981,000 b/d), Mexico (719,000 b/d), Venezuela (650,000 b/d), and Iraq (473,000 b/d). The remaining top ten sources, in order, were Colombia (187,000 b/d), Ecuador (172,000 b/d), Russia (123,000 b/d), United Kingdom (111,000 b/d), and Nigeria ( 94,000 b/d). Total crude oil imports averaged 7.6 million b/d in September, which was a decrease of 411,000 b/d from imports during August 2018.

Canada remained the largest exporter of total petroleum to the United States in September; exporting 4.0 million b/d. The second largest exporter of total petroleum was Saudi Arabia with 1.0 million b/d.

Crude oil imports (Top 15 countries)


(thousand barrels per day)
Country Sep-18 Aug-18 YTD 2018 Sep-17 YTD 2017
Canada 3,479 3,675 3,689 3,397 3,442
Saudi Arabia 981 1,005 839 666 1,039
Mexico 719 895 685 374 572
Venezuela 650 462 506 545 664
Iraq 473 420 582 499 587
Colombia 187 300 322 351 347
Ecuador 172 183 179 223 208
Russia 123 90 73 86 54
United Kingdom 111 37 60 46 21
Nigeria 94 56 176 224 282
Algeria 83 125 83 56 84
Angola 73 146 108 160 132
Brunei 72 65 15 - 1
Libya 61 19 57 37 42
Norway 50 - 43 47 42

Total imports of petroleum (Top 15 countries)


(thousand barrels per day)
Country Sep-18 Aug-18 YTD 2018 Sep-17 YTD 2017
Canada 4,034 4,233 4,285 3,984 4,028
Saudi Arabia 1,043 1,039 863 676 1,042
Mexico 771 935 741 430 659
Venezuela 708 592 591 620 718
Russia 519 515 412 450 394
Iraq 485 421 585 502 591
Colombia 229 334 355 374 375
United Kingdom 207 175 152 149 123
Algeria 200 198 177 145 206
Ecuador 172 183 181 223 209
Korea, South 147 92 99 97 108
Nigeria 113 66 193 292 309
Brazil 77 248 182 250 229
Norway 74 39 85 118 92
Angola 73 146 112 171 138

Note: The data in the tables above exclude oil imports into the U.S. territories.

Crude oil imports from Persian Gulf 2016 (discontinued)

Explanatory notes

Sources  - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) petroleum imports data are available at the company level. The data source is the Form EIA-814, "Monthly Imports Report."

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