This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed May 22, 2009.
Imports - the Company buys from suppliers outside Brazil (mainly from third-parties) and sells to Petrobras and its Brazilian subsidiaries.
This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed Jun 30, 2005.
During 2004 we continued to import crude oil and oil products because our own production is not sufficient to satisfy Brazilian demand. In addition, because the bulk of our domestic reserves consist of heavy crude oil, we need
to import lighter crude oils to create an adequate mix of oils to satisfy Brazilian demand and to permit refining by our refineries.
Imported crude oil is transferred into our refineries for storage and processing, with a small percentage being sold to the other two Brazilian refiners. Imported oil products are sold to the retail market in Brazil through distributors, including our subsidiary BR.
The average daily volume of our imports of crude oil has increased to 450,000 barrels per day in 2004, as compared to 319,000 barrels per day in 2003 because Brazilian demand for oil products increased in 2004 and, although we refined more domestic crude oil in 2004 as compared to 2003, it was not sufficient to meet the increased Brazilian demand. We opted to import more crude oil instead of oil products to meet the increased demand for oil products in Brazil in 2004. The average daily volume of imports of crude oil decreased from 326,000 barrels per day in 2002 to 319,000 in 2003. The following table sets forth the percentage of crude oil that we imported during each of 2004, 2003 and 2002 by region.