How have U.S. oil imports changed since the 1980s?

At its peak in 2005, the United States imported more than 5 billion barrels of oil a year — up more than two-fold since the 1980s. However, the recent trend has seen a decline in the total amount of oil that America imports, as shown in the chart above. The data comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

To find out which countries have exported the most oil to the United States over the past two decades, view the interactive graph on the Ujima Project website. 

The Ujima Project includes a collection of databases, documents and other resources that aims to bring transparency to the workings of governments, multinational non-governmental organizations and business enterprises in developing countries. For more, visit



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