US petroleum exports grew last year
Exports of petroleum products climbed significantly last year, driven by increases in shipments of gasoline, propane, and distillate fuels, such as diesel and heating oil, the Energy Department said.The export of crude appears to have had no serious impact on the export of gasoline so far. South America has been a big customer for US exporters.
Petroleum exports climbed nearly 500,000 barrels a day in 2015 from the previous year, the Energy Department said. Exports of distillates, the biggest segment of U.S. petroleum exports, rose 85,000 barrels a day to about 1.2 million barrels a day, the Energy Department said. The top destination for the fuel was Mexico.
Gasoline exports averaged about 618,000 barrels a day last year, up by 68,000 a barrels a day from 2015. Mexico, again, was the biggest customer.