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Company Level Imports

With Data for December 2018   |  Release Date:  March 8, 2019   |  Next Release Date: March 29, 2019   |   XLS     

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December 2018 Import Highlights

Monthly data on the origins of crude oil imports in December 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 December while the top ten sources accounted for approximately 94% of all U.S. crude oil imports. The top five sources of U.S. crude oil imports for December were Canada (3.7 million b/d), Saudi Arabia (842,000 b/d), Mexico (579,000 b/d), Venezuela (500,000 b/d), and Colombia (254,000 b/d). The remaining top ten sources, in order, were Iraq (225,000 b/d), Ecuador (192,000 b/d), Nigeria (167,000 b/d), Russia (134,000 b/d), and Libya (121,000 b/d). Total crude oil imports averaged 7.1 million b/d in December, which was a decrease of 391,000 b/d from imports during November 2018.

Canada remained the largest exporter of total petroleum to the United States in December; exporting 4.3 million b/d. The second largest exporter of total petroleum was Saudi Arabia with 930,000 b/d.

Crude oil imports (Top 15 countries)


(thousand barrels per day)
Country Dec-18 Nov-18 YTD 2018 Dec-17 YTD 2017
Canada 3,682 3,818 3,694 3,651 3,446
Saudi Arabia 842 999 870 690 949
Mexico 579 569 665 726 608
Venezuela 500 511 506 437 618
Colombia 254 215 296 319 333
Iraq 225 392 519 605 601
Ecuador 192 196 176 253 207
Nigeria 167 175 175 296 309
Russia 134 49 73 47 49
Libya 121 - 55 55 57
Norway 88 112 53 - 37
Algeria 87 34 79 31 66
United Kingdom 53 72 57 53 24
Argentina 47 33 23 - -
Trinidad And Tobago 36 - 7 12 8

Total imports of petroleum (Top 15 countries)


(thousand barrels per day)
Country Dec-18 Nov-18 YTD 2018 Dec-17 YTD 2017
Canada 4,279 4,327 4,276 4,372 4,054
Saudi Arabia 930 1,001 901 719 955
Mexico 635 601 719 767 682
Venezuela 576 563 586 513 674
Colombia 333 259 334 363 362
Russia 271 254 375 389 389
Iraq 226 392 521 605 604
Ecuador 192 196 177 253 207
Algeria 183 162 176 149 189
Nigeria 177 180 189 323 334
United Kingdom 132 155 146 88 111
Libya 121 0 56 73 65
Norway 94 136 94 7 79
Brazil 92 93 171 166 224
Korea, South 91 64 94 66 105

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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