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Japan’s crude imports pick up in July
Japan's crude imports in July increased from June as Japanese refiners increased run rates.
Japan's crude imports in July increased by 13pc to around 2mn b/d, according to data released today by the industry ministry (Meti). Imports rose on higher crude runs that averaged 59.6pc over the month, from the week to 4 July to the week to 1 August, compared with 58.2pc in the previous four weeks. But overall imports were still lower by 31.9pc from a year earlier.
Crude imports from Saudi Arabia fell by 8.7pc from a year earlier to around 929,000 b/d in July while imports from the UAE dropped by 22pc to around 711,000 b/d. Japan imported 160,000 b/d from Qatar, down by 46.5pc from July 2019, and 142,000 b/d from Kuwait that was down by 34.8pc. Deliveries from Bahrain also dropped by 24.8pc to 47,000 b/d.
Imports from Russia declined by 85.3pc to 24,000 b/d in July. There were no imports from the US over the month after Japan purchased 110,000 b/d in July 2019.
But purchases from Malaysia and Algeria rose by 53.8pc to 30,000 b/d and by 66.4pc to 17,000 b/d from a year earlier, respectively. Japan also increased its crude imports from Australia, up by 10.8pc to 8,000 b/d in July.
The country's total fuel sales were still lower by 8.4pc from a year earlier but continued to recover in July, up by 7.6pc from June, according to Meti. Consumption of gasoline and gasoil increased by 8.2pc to around 819,000 b/d and by 3.1pc to around 536,000 b/d, respectively.