Tuesday, March 14 2017 17:35
Alina Hovhannisyan

Volume of oil products imports to Armenia increased by 6.8% in 2016 with a 7% decline value

Volume of oil products imports to Armenia increased by 6.8% in 2016  with a 7% decline value

ArmInfo. The volume of imports  of oil products to Armenia increased by 6.8% in 2016 to 318.2  thousand tons, with a 7% decline in value up to $ 198.5 million. This  trend is caused by a prolonged sharp decline in prices in the world  market of petroleum products. This is evidenced by the data of the  Customs Service of Armenia.

According to the source, in the reporting year, 243 kg of oil  products were exported for $ 3 million. In quantitative terms,  exports of oil products in 2016 were halved, and in value terms, by  98.1%.

Basically, oil products are imported from Russia (72.4%), Iran  (4.2%), Romania (3.5%), Greece (2.7%), Saudi Arabia (2.2%). The  export of oil products from Armenia mainly falls to Georgia - 97%,  and to a small extent to Poland - 2% and Russia - 1%.

The situation with the export of oil products from Armenia cannot but  cause interest, since the country does not have its own raw materials  base, but there is an intergovernmental agreement with the Russian  Federation on duty-free supplies of petroleum products.

In 2017, within the new indicative balance sheet, the republic will  receive 148,000 tons of motor gasoline, of which 123,000 tons are  produced in Russia. In addition, it is planned to receive 153  thousand tons of diesel fuel (123 thousand tons of Russian  production), 44.6 thousand tons of jet fuel (12.6 thousand tons of  Russian production), and 2 thousand tons of paraffin (completely  Russian production). 

To note, the indicative balance for each year is approved in  accordance with the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental agreement of  December 2, 2013, which does not provide re-export of products. The  growth of world oil supplies is still ahead of the increase in  demand, which, according to the famous Italian analyst, Harvard  University professor Leonardo Moderi, can cause a new drop in fuel  prices. "It's too early to talk about any improvements", the  Financial Times quotes him as saying: "If in 2017 we do not see  growth in demand, oil prices may experience a significant decline".  Oil fell in price by 9% last week, although before that it was  trading in a rather narrow corridor. Previously, investors generally  ignored the news about the growth of reserves and production in the  US and focused on reducing production in the OPEC countries.  According to L. Mogeri, the US received the greatest benefit from the  OPEC agreement on the limitation of production. The agreement led to  a rise in prices, and companies producing oil in the shale deposits  in the States were able to restore their business. However, in  addition to the United States, there are other major projects in the  world that have been put into operation recently or will be working  soon, the expert says.

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