China's crude oil imports from Russia rose 17.7% year on year to 7.2 million mt or 1.76 million b/d in April, resulting in Russia overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the country's top supplier in the month, latest data from China's General Administration of Customs showed.
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Crude imports from Norway jumped to 1.58 million mt in April from zero a year earlier, the data showed.
The increase in inflow from the two countries gave Europe a 22.3% market share of China's imports over January-April at 37.44 million mt (2.27 million b/d), up from 17.9% a year earlier.
In contrast, China's imports from Saudi Arabia, fell 18% on year to 5.16 million mt or 1.26 million b/d in April.
That decline reduced the total supply from OPEC members by 9.7% on year to 87.52 million mt (5.3 million b/d) over January-April, despite an increase in cargo arrivals from Iraq, Kuwait and UAE of 11%-54% over the same period.
China's main crude suppliers
(Unit: '000 mt)
Note: * include other suppliers