China crude imports from Iran slip 2.6% in 2013

24 January 2014 07:31 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China imported 21.4m tonnes of crude from Iran in 2013, down by 2.6% from 2012, official customs data showed on Friday.

In December, crude imports from Iran were approximately 2.2m tonnes, a decrease of 14.4% on year, according to China Customs.

China imported 146.5m tonnes of crude from the Middle East in 2013, accounting for some 51.9% of its total imports.

Saudi Arabia remained the biggest crude supplier to China in 2013, with a delivery of 53.9m tonnes or some 19% of China’s total imports.

Angola and Oman were the second and third biggest crude suppliers to China last year, with a shipment of approximately 40m tonnes and 25m tonnes, respectively.

China’s aggregated crude imports hit a new high of 282m tonnes in 2013.

By Fanny Zhang