Explanation of the Total Column

This column represents a country’s total oil stocks, including industry held stocks (both for commercial or operations use and emergency purposes) and public stocks (stocks held by governments and specialised stockholding agencies for emergency purposes), expressed in days of net imports.  This may include stocks held in other countries under bilateral agreements (see “of which, stocks held abroad”).  This total does not include stocks being held in the country for the benefit of another country under bilateral agreements.  Such stocks are reported under the country for which they are being held. See IEA Methodology for further details.