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The fuel fleet: Australia ships in petrol from the other end of the world

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Australia is pulling petrol from 14,500 miles (23,335 kilometres) away in Europe, with companies including Singaporean commodities trader Trafigura Group among those sending cargoes on what is a rare trade.

Trafigura, which is the world’s third-largest trader, hired two tankers to deliver European petrol to Australia, ship-tracking and lists of charters compiled by Bloomberg show. Another was booked by Caltex Australia Petroleum.

Australia is stocking up on fuel from the other end of the word.

Australia is stocking up on fuel from the other end of the word.

Photo: Michele Mossop

The first should arrive on Monday, having left Amsterdam on January 11. The country last got petrol from Europe in 2012, Australian government data show.

Australia would normally top up on the fuel it produces domestically with cargoes from exporters including India, South Korea and Singapore that are thousands of miles closer.

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