Japan Oil Trade - April 2015

Source: OPEC 5/7/2015, Location: Asia

Japanís crude oil imports increased in February by 165 tb/d or 5% to average 3.7 mb/d, the highest level seen since March 2014. On an annual basis, crude imports dropped in February by 7%. As for the supplierís share, Saudi Arabia was again the top crude supplier to Japan with 33% of total crude exports as it increased the volumes exported to Japan by 134 tb/d or 13% over the previous month. UAE came in as the second largest supplier to Japan with 23% of total crude imports. Russia came in third place with a share of 9%. Japanís imports from both UAE and Russia were lower than in the previous month by 41 tb/d and 45 tb/d, respectively.

Japanís product imports dropped in February by 57 tb/d to average 635 tb/d as a result of lower imports of fuel oil, naphtha and gasoil, which dropped by 31%, 32% and 3%, respectively. At the same time, Japanís product sales dropped by 1.1% from last year. Japanís product exports in February were almost unchanged from the previous month to average 571 tb/d, the highest level seen since September 2013. Accordingly, Japanís net imports rose in February by 109 tb/d to average 3.7 mb/d, reflecting a monthly gain of 109 tb/d, yet an annual loss of 388 tb/d.


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