U.S. Census Bureau Says Its Data On Oil Exports to Mexico Wrong


(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Census Bureau said that data which showed that Mexico imported crude oil in July and August was wrong after the Mexican government denied that the country had imported oil this year.

“After the release of the U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services August 2019 report, the U.S. Census Bureau identified a misreporting of filings of crude oil exports to Mexico and determined that corrections to our data were necessary,” U.S. Census bureau spokeswoman Julie Iriondo said in an emailed statement. “Corrections for July and August have been published in the statistical corrections section of the international trade website.”

Data for July and August on the Census bureau’s website were corrected to show that there were no shipments to Mexico. In July, about 493,000 barrels were transferred to show Taiwan as a destination.

The U.S. Census bureau said that “corrections to the data will be applied to all of its data products, such as USA Trade Online and the Census API, before it releases its Annual Revisions report in June 2020.”

U.S. Energy Information Administration data -- compiled by the Census Bureau - had showed that Mexico imported about 533,000 barrels of crude from the U.S. in July. Another 8,962 barrels was shipped in August, U.S. Census data showed before the correction.

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Energy Minister Rocio Nahle had denied this week that Mexico had imported crude oil since the arrival of the new government on Dec. 1.

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Lopez Obrador has criticized foreign markets’ influence in the country and promised to reverse Petroleos Mexicanos’s long-term oil production declines. In Jan., PMI, Pemex’s trading arm, suspended U.S. crude imports.

Late last year Pemex imported oil as part of the previous administration’s plan to improve output from its refineries. At the time, then-presidential candidate Lopez Obrador lambasted the decision.

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