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How much oil does the U.S. export and import?

The United States both imports and exports petroleum (a broad term that includes crude oil and refined products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels, and other products; “petroleum” and “oil” are sometimes used interchangeably1) in various quantities depending on cost and demand. Overall, the United States imports more than it exports, making it a net importer of petroleum. In 2017, imports provided 19% of the country’s demand for petroleum.2

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