The import of diesel fuel to the Ukrainian market in September amounted to 718.4 thousand tons, which is 69.4 thousand tons more than in August, according to customs data published on Friday. The last time the maximum volume of product deliveries was recorded in July 2019, when the country received 658.5 thousand tons of fuel.
Product shipments to Ukraine increased due to seasonal growth in diesel fuel consumption. The increase in supplies was also facilitated by the volumes carried over from Belarus since August, as well as the import of the product by sea, market participants reported.
Import of diesel fuel produced by Belarusian refineries in September increased by 35.2 thousand tons, up to 310 thousand tons - the highest indicator since 2012. Deliveries of sea shipments of the product, cleared by the companies at customs in September, increased by 26 thousand tons, to a record level of 153.7 thousand tons. The previous maximum was noted in October 2019, when the country received 152.3 thousand tons of diesel fuel, which was associated with restrictions on the import of a Russian product.
Deliveries of diesel fuel from Russia in September amounted to 186.8 thousand tons, or 3.6 thousand tons more than a month earlier. Shipments of the product from Lithuania last month increased by 4.4 thousand tons compared to August, to 67.4 thousand tons.
In total, in January-September 2021, the import of diesel fuel to the Ukrainian market increased by 247.1 thousand tons compared to the same period last year, to 4.72 million tons.