Crude oil imports fall 41 pc to $31.6 bn

 
Asia’s third-largest oil consumer imported 69.6 million tonnes of crude oil for $31.6 billion in the first six months of current fiscal against 64.84 million tonnes of crude imported for $53.78 billion in the year ago period, according to the data available from petroleum ministry here.

India also imported 7.16 million tonnes of petroleum products, mainly diesel and naphtha, for $3.61 billion. In April-September 2008, fuel imports of 9.98 million tonnes cost $9.44 billion. Fuel exports at 14.3 million tonnes ($7.29 billion) in April-September 2009 were lower than 19.17 million tonnes ($18.77 billion) in the same period last year.

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