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UPDATE 1-China confirms April crude imports up 13.6 pct

Published: 11 May 2009 20:02:12 PST

(Adds Jan-Apr import, export figures and graphic link)

BEIJING, May 12 - China imported 16.17 million tonnes of crude oil in April, or 3.93 million barrels per day, the General Administration of Customs said on Tuesday, confirming an earlier Reuters report. [ID:nPEK38852]

The volumes were up 13.6 percent from April 2008 when China shipped in 14.24 million tonnes.

The daily rate marked the second highest on record, and the data showed the first positive yearly growth this year.

(For a historical graphic of crude oil imports, please click: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/059/CN_CRDIM0509.jpg)

Crude oil imports in the first four months fell 4.5 percent to 57.07 million tonnes, according to data published on the customs website (www.customs.gov.cn).

Refined oil product imports last month were up 2.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.7 million tonnes, but up 21.1 percent from March.

Oil products imports in the first four months decreased 1.8 percent from a year earlier to 12.66 million tonnes, customs said.

The world's second-largest oil user exported 360,000 tonnes of crude oil and 2.08 million tonnes of refined oil in April.

For the first four months, refined oil product exports totaled 6.25 million tonnes, up 29.4 percent from a year earlier, customs said.

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