Exports of petroleum products climb

Exports of petroleum products climbed significantly last year, driven by increases in shipments of gasoline, propane, and distillate fuels, such as diesel and heating oil, the Energy Department said.

Petroleum exports climbed nearly 500,000 barrels a day in 2015 from the previous year, the Energy Department said. Exports of distillates, the biggest segment of U.S. petroleum exports, rose 85,000 barrels a day to  about 1.2 million barrels a day, the Energy Department said. The top destination for the fuel was Mexico.

Gasoline exports averaged about 618,000 barrels a day last year, up by 68,000 a barrels a day from 2015. Mexico, again, was the biggest customer.

Propane exports climbed by 193,000 barrels a day  to 615,000 barrels a day, much of it headed to Asia. Propane exports to Asia more than doubled to 220,000 barrels a day from 82,000 barrels a day in 2014, the Energy Department said.

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