In a significant development, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows, 1.033 million barrels of Iranian crude oil landed in the U.S. in March 2021, marking the second such shipment to be imported into the United States since 1991.
The crude oil cargo was registered in the EIA data for the month following the seizure by U.S. authorities of the Liberian-flagged tanker Achilleas, which was transporting Iranian crude.
The EIA did not provide any other details on the Iranian crude oil. It could not be reached for comment outside of U.S. office hours.
According to EIA data, Washington’s last recorded Iranian crude and petroleum imports was of 3,000 barrels per day in October 2020, following oil seizure by US authorities under its sanctions program, in line with economic sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran over its nuclear program. Since April this year, Iran has been negotiating with countries on the steps it should take along with the US for it to return to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord.