Fact #837: September 8, Gap between Net Imports and Total Imports of Petroleum is Widening

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Net imports of petroleum (total imports minus exports) were 6.2 million barrels per day in 2013 – the lowest since the 1980's (dark blue line). The widening gap between total imports (light blue line) and net imports (dark blue line) is due to an increase in exports of petroleum and petroleum products in recent years. Total imports, net imports, and U.S. petroleum consumption all peaked in 2005 and have generally declined since then.

U.S. Petroleum Consumption, Total Imports, and Net Imports, 1950-2013

Graph showing U.S. petroleum consumption, total imports and net imports from 1950 to 2013. See table for more detailed information.

Note: Net imports are equal to total imports minus exports.

Fact #837 Dataset

Supporting Information

U.S. Petroleum Total Imports, Net Imports, and Consumption, 1950-2013
Year Total Imports
of Petroleum
Net Imports
of Petroleum
U.S. Consumption
of Petroleum
(Million barrels per day)
1950 0.85 0.55 6.46
1951 0.84 0.42 7.02
1952 0.95 0.52 7.27
1953 1.03 0.63 7.60
1954 1.05 0.70 7.76
1955 1.25 0.88 8.46
1956 1.44 1.01 8.78
1957 1.57 1.01 8.81
1958 1.70 1.42 9.12
1959 1.78 1.57 9.53
1960 1.81 1.61 9.80
1961 1.92 1.74 9.98
1962 2.08 1.91 10.40
1963 2.12 1.91 10.74
1964 2.26 2.06 11.02
1965 2.47 2.28 11.51
1966 2.57 2.37 12.08
1967 2.54 2.23 12.56
1968 2.84 2.61 13.39
1969 3.17 2.93 14.14
1970 3.42 3.16 14.70
1971 3.93 3.70 15.21
1972 4.74 4.52 16.37
1973 6.26 6.02 17.31
1974 6.11 5.89 16.65
1975 6.06 5.85 16.32
1976 7.31 7.09 17.46
1977 8.81 8.56 18.43
1978 8.36 8.00 18.85
1979 8.46 7.99 18.51
1980 6.91 6.36 17.06
1981 6.00 5.40 16.06
1982 5.11 4.30 15.30
1983 5.05 4.31 15.23
1984 5.44 4.72 15.73
1985 5.07 4.29 15.73
1986 6.22 5.44 16.28
1987 6.68 5.91 16.67
1988 7.40 6.59 17.28
1989 8.06 7.20 17.33
1990 8.02 7.16 16.99
1991 7.63 6.63 16.71
1992 7.89 6.94 17.03
1993 8.62 7.62 17.24
1994 9.00 8.05 17.72
1995 8.83 7.89 17.72
1996 9.48 8.50 18.31
1997 10.16 9.16 18.62
1998 10.71 9.76 18.92
1999 10.85 9.91 19.52
2000 11.46 10.42 19.70
2001 11.87 10.90 19.65
2002 11.53 10.55 19.76
2003 12.26 11.24 20.03
2004 13.15 12.10 20.73
2005 13.71 12.55 20.80
2006 13.71 12.39 20.69
2007 13.47 12.04 20.68
2008 12.92 11.11 19.50
2009 11.69 9.67 18.77
2010 11.79 9.44 19.18
2011 11.44 8.45 18.88
2012 10.60 7.39 18.49
2013 9.79 6.20 18.89
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, August 2014, Table 3.3a.

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