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Unipec looking to import US crude by March
    2018-12-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

OIL trader Unipec plans to resume U.S. crude shipments to China by March after a Sino-U.S. deal at the G20 meeting reduced the risk of tariffs being imposed on these imports, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

The sources said that Unipec is looking to import U.S. oil by March 1, when the 90-day negotiating period agreed to at G20 comes to an end.

China’s crude oil imports from the United States ground to a halt due to a trade war between the two countries this year.

“Chinese buyers who want to buy U.S. crude will rush to import the oil during this window,” a senior executive from Asia’s largest refiner Sinopec said, adding that the oil has to arrive in China before March 1.

“Oil prices are low, so it makes economic sense to store some crude as commercial inventories,” said the executive, who declined to be named.

It was unclear how much oil Unipec would order from the United States, but one of the sources said U.S. volumes could hit a record in January.

The previous record for a month came in January 2018, when China imported about 472,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the United States, according to China customs data.

China imported on average 325,000 bpd of U.S. crude in the first nine months of 2018 before imports fell to zero in October, the data showed.

Before the trade dispute erupted in mid-2018, China had become the largest importer of U.S. crude.

Although crude oil was not included on China’s import tariff list, Chinese buyers started avoiding U.S. oil from mid-2018.

Oil prices have slumped by around a third since early October amid an emerging glut, triggering expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will agree to supply cuts at a meeting this week.(SD-Agencies)

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