Venezuelan Oil Shipments to US Skid to a Halt on Sanctions



Venezuelan Oil Shipments to US Skid to a Halt on Sanctions
American refiners looking to replace the lost Venezuelan oil aren't likely to find any solace from OPEC.

(Bloomberg) -- Venezuela’s exports to the U.S. hit zero last week after American sanctions on PDVSA.

American refiners took no crude from the Latin American country for the first time in government data going back to 2010. Shipments have been on a steady downtrend since late January when the Trump Administration announced new sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company. That extended a broader slide due to Venezuela’s struggles to maintain production.

American refiners looking to replace the lost Venezuelan heavy, high-sulfur oil aren’t likely to find any solace from OPEC. This week, the cartel and its allies indicated their commitment to keep to its latest production cuts in light of high global inventories.

Canada’s Alberta province is relaxing curtailments, but full pipelines remain a hurdle for shippers wanting to move additional barrels south. Nonetheless, more Canadian oil is heading for U.S. buyers, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sheela Tobben in New York at vtobben@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Marino at dmarino4@bloomberg.net Mike Jeffers



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