Iran produced over 18.5 million tons of steel ingots during the first 11 months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2019-February 19, 2020), registering a four percent rise compared to the corresponding figure of preceding year which was 17.7 million tons.
Iran’s foreign oil sales, once a staple of the country’s yearly budgets, will account for a tiny portion of government's projected revenues equal to seven percent in the next Iranian calendar year beginning on March 21, 2020.
Saudi state oil firm Aramco told Japanese refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy about a possible change in shipment, raising concern about the kingdom’s ability to supply crude oil after attacks on its refineries, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
China’s crude oil imports from Iran hit a five-year high in April at 792,380 bpd or 3.24 million tons, before the expiry of US sanction waivers for Iranian oil on May 2, data released by the Customs General Administration showed.
China, the world’s top oil importer, is set to start 2019 buying little or no crude from the United States despite a three-month truce in a trade scrap between the two nations, with relatively high freight costs and political uncertainty choking demand.
Some Iranian crude exports are coming into the international market through non-Iranian companies that are offering their VLCCs for transporting as well as storing Tehran's oil, several oil shipping industry sources in Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and China said this week.
The United States cannot stop Iranian oil exports by imposing sanctions on Iran, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Tuesday, warning that such restrictions would ensure that the market remains volatile.