China Apr crude imports up on pre-war bumper buys


By Chen Aizhu SINGAPORE, May 20 (Reuters) - China's crude imports jumped for the fourth consecutive month in April versus year-ago periods as bumper purchases made before the war in Iraq began to appear in the customs data, Chinese oil officials said on Tuesday. April crude arrivals totalled 7.89 million tonnes, nearly 22 percent above the year ago level. Imports in the first four months of 2003 soared 43 percent to 30.1 million tonnes, Chinese customs data released on Tuesday showed. ...

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