China's crude oil imports up 12.4% in first seven months

BEIJING - China's imports of crude oil logged steady growth in the first seven months of 2023, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.

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Integrated refinery facilities of Sinopec Guangdong Oil Products Co go into operation in Jieyang, Guangdong province, in March. [Photo/Xinhua]

During the period, China imported a total of 326 million tons of crude oil, up 12.4 percent from the same period last year, according to the data.

In the January-July period, the average price of imported crude oil stood at 3,977.2 yuan ($555.75), down 16.6 percent from a year earlier.