India?s petroleum product exports to EU

India’s petroleum product exports to EU

News: India’s petroleum product exports to the EU have increased considerably over the past months as the region reduces imports of refined products from Russia, due to the war in Ukraine.

Key Findings:
 India’s petroleum product exports to the EU rose 20.4% year on year in April-January to 6 million tonnes, with the region climbing to the top 20 regions importing refined products from India.
 According to the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS) data, Indian refiners (particularly private) are rushing to partly fill the supply gap for the region.
 From the global oil markets perspective, suppliers like India are helping maintain a demand-supply balance, while preventing extreme price shocks.

What are benefits for India?
 India is a major refiner with an annual refining capacity of about 250 million tonnes. While it is also one of the top consumers of crude oil, India’s refining capacity is higher than its domestic demand, making the country a net exporter of petroleum products.
 Indian refiners, particularly export-oriented private sector players like Reliance Industries and Nayara Energy.
 This is because it allows Indian refiners to purchase Russian oil at a discount while earning robust margins on product supplies to Europe.
 India now finds itself playing an increasingly prominent role in the global crude oil and refined products supply map.

How does West look at recent developments?
 While the West was irked at India’s rising purchases of Russian oil, countries like the US are comfortable with the rising supply of Indian refined products to the EU.
 They see it as critical for the success of the price caps on Russian oil and refined products (imposed by G7 countries) without causing a global supply shock. 

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