U.S. Energy Information Administration logo

Frequently Asked Questions

How much petroleum does the United States import and export?

In 2017, the United States imported approximately 10.1 million barrels per day (MMb/d) of petroleum from about 84 countries. Petroleum includes crude oil, natural gas plant liquids, liquefied refinery gases, refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and biofuels including ethanol and biodiesel. About 79% of gross petroleum imports were crude oil.

In 2017, the United States exported about 6.3 MMb/d of petroleum to 180 countries. About 82% of total petroleum exports were petroleum products. The resulting net imports (imports minus exports) of petroleum were about 3.7 MMb/d.

The top five source countries of U.S. petroleum imports in 2017 were Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Iraq.

Top sources and amounts of U.S. petroleum imports (percent share of total), respective exports, and net imports, 2017
million barrels per day
Import sourcesGross importsExportsNet imports
Total, all countries10.08  6.34 3.73
OPEC countries  3.36 (33%)  0.20
Persian Gulf countries  1.74 (17%)<0.01 1.73
Top five countries1
Canada  4.02 (40%)  0.84 3.18
Saudi Arabia  0.95   (9%)<0.01 0.95
Mexico  0.68   (7%)  1.06-0.38
Venezuela  0.67   (7%)  0.08 0.60
Iraq  0.61   (6%)  0.00 0.61

1 Based on gross imports by country of origin.

The top five destination countries of U.S. petroleum exports in 2017, export volume, and share of total petroleum exports

Mexico—1.06 MMb/d—17%
Canada—0.84 MMb/d—13%
China—0.45 MMb/d—7%
Brazil—0.40 MMb/d—6%
Japan—0.35 MMb/d—6%

Learn more:
Detailed historical data on U.S. petroleum imports and exports
U.S. petroleum imports by country of origin
U.S. petroleum exports by destination
U.S. net petroleum imports by country
How much oil consumed in the United States comes from foreign countries?
This Week In Petroleum articles

Last updated: April 4, 2018

Other FAQs about Oil/Petroleum

On This Page:


Conversion & Equivalents





General Energy

Natural Gas





Full list of upcoming reports

Sign up for email notifications

Get the What's New RSS feed

Didn't find the answer to your question? Ask an energy expert.