Russia surpasses Saudi Arabia as China’s top supplier of crude

China’s imports of Russian oil

China’s imports of Russian oil have risen 18 percent in April year-on-year, according to Reuters, citing Chinese customs data. Shipments reached 7.2 million tons, equivalent to 1.75 million barrels per day (bpd).

To compare, 1.49 million bpd was delivered by Russia in April 2019 and 1.66 million bpd this March. Statistics showed that Russia overtook Saudi Arabia, as supplies from the kingdom dropped to 1.26 million bpd, down from 1.53 million bpd in April 2019 and 1.7 million bpd in March. 

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