Venezuela buys more US gasoline since 2011
In December 2011, 11.3% out of the domestic monthly consumption was imported
While Venezuelan oil exports from state-run holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) to the United States go downhill, a hike in the volume of gasoline bought from the United States has been recorded since December 2011.
Data of the statistical arm of the US Department of Energy show that in December 2011, Venezuela imported one million barrels of finished gasoline from the United States. This accounts for approximately 11.3% of the total demand of the Venezuelan domestic market, nearing 8.79 million monthly barrels ending last year.
December 2011 numbers are tantamount to the imports of gasoline from the United States in February 2003, following the oil strike staged throughout Venezuela. At that time, exactly 1.01 million barrels a month were purchased.
On aggregate, the purchase of crude oil and byproducts from the United States in December 2011 stood for 2.21 million barrels, 152% over the purchases recorded in December 2010, for a total of 875,000 barrels.
As quoted by Efe, the numbers of last April produced by the US Department of Energy point to exports to Venezuela for 1.62 million barrels of refined products, including gasoline, heavy fuel, liquefied gas and additives.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.