Crude oil exports in the U.S. reached their highest level in 15 years in April, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The amount of crude oil exported from the U.S. has been increasing since the beginning of 2013 and the amount exported reached 268,000 barrels per day in April. The U.S. has been exporting more than 200,000 barrels per day five of the past six months.
U.S. crude oil comes from three main regions: the Gulf Coast, the East Coast and the Midwest. The greatest rise in crude oil exportation has been from the Gulf Coast, which averaged 134,000 bpd for the first quarter of 2014, according to the EIA. The area averaged 35,000 bpd in the first quarter of 2013. Almost 75 percent of the Gulf Coast crude export is from the Houston-Galveston, Texas, region.
Most of the crude oil exported from the U.S. goes to Canada.
The growth in crude exportation in April is because of an increase in production of crude oil in March, according to the EIA. The U.S. produced 8.2 million bpd in March.