U.S. oil imports down, exports up last week: EIA

HOUSTON, May 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. crude oil imports decreased but exports increased during the week ending May 20, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report released on Wednesday.

U.S. crude oil imports averaged 6.486 million barrels per day (b/d) last week, down by about 82,000 b/d from the previous week, while crude oil exports averaged about 4.341 million b/d, up by about 821,000 b/d from the previous week, according to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report.

Over the past four weeks, crude oil imports averaged about 6.414 million b/d, up by 8.6 percent from the same four-week period last year.

During the same period, crude oil exports averaged about 3.579 million b/d, up by 13.1 percent year on year.

The United States has been one of the world's important oil producers in past years with the help of its shale oil production growth.

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