October 26, 2010 / 5:44 PM / 7 years ago

France imported some 100,000 tons fuel/day due to strikes

PARIS (Reuters) - France imported around 100,000 tons of fuel products a day over the past week to counter a lack of supplies linked to strikes over pension reforms, the country’s oil lobby UFIP said on Tuesday.

A spokesman could not give a detailed figure of the break-down of diesel and gasoline among the 100,000 tons, nor a comparative figure for the average daily fuel imports in France.

France is usually a net gasoline exporter and importer of diesel, which is used by a large majority of cars in the country with around 33 million tons used per year, against less than 9 million tons of gasoline.

UFIP also said that to meet fuel shortfalls in petrol stations since strikes started in refineries, France had used around 50,000 tons of fuel per day stored in fuel distributors’ stocks, which they decided to pool earlier this month.

A vessel unloaded gasoline at a port in northern France on Monday and another ship is scheduled to deliver more, industry sources said on Monday.

Reporting by Mathilde Cru; writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by Keiron Henderson

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