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U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil, By Country

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Updated September 07, 2007

It's a common misconception: The United States imports most of its foreign oil from the Middle East. Not quite. Not even close. As the table below indicates, dependence on oil from the Persian Gulf represents barely 10 percent of total domestic oil consumption, and most of that oil comes from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

In Millions of Barrels Per Day

Rank Country Imports % of Total % of Domestic consumption
1 Canada 2.275 18.6% 11.0%
2 Saudi Arabia 1.427 11.7% 6.9%
3 Mexico 1.333 10.9% 6.4%
4 Venezuela 1.326 10.9% 6.4%
5 Nigeria 1.009 9.0% 5.3%
6 Algeria 0.723 5.9% 3.5%
7 Angola 0.596 4.9% 2.9%
8 Iraq 0.458 3.8% 2.2%
9 Russia 0.420 3.4% 2.0%
10 Virgin Islands* 0.338 2.8% 1.6%
Other 2.218 18.2% 10.7%
Total 12.213 100% 59.0%
OPEC Countries 5.959 48.8% 28.8%
Persian Gulf Countries 2.088 17.1% 10.1%
*Supplier of products made from crude oil
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, American petroleum Institute

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