BEIJING– China’s gasoline exports fell

for the very first time last year because 2012, as fuel need shrank

internationally after governments enforced travel limitations to

consist of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Exports of gasoline from China, the world’s second-largest

oil consumer, were 16 million tonnes last year, down 2.3%from

2019’s level though still well above 2018’s 12.9 million tonnes,

data from the General Administration of Customs released on

Monday showed.

Exports in December were 1.45 million tonnes, down 16.5%

from the exact same month a year back, information revealed.

Diesel exports were also weak in 2020, down 7.6%from a year

earlier at 19.76 million tonnes, with December shipments at 1.49

million tonnes.

Need for jet kerosene was hit hardest by the pandemic as

numerous thousands of international flights were canceled.

Exports of the fuel were 9.98 million tonnes in 2020, down 43.4%

from a year ago.

Having emerged quicker from the preliminary impact of the

pandemic, China has actually been leading the healing in oil demand, as

it unwinded domestic travel restrictions and factory output

rose.

Customs data on Monday also showed that imports of liquefied

natural gas (LNG) in 2020 struck a record 67.13 million tonnes,

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