UPDATE 1-S.Korea's March Iran crude imports surge; Jan-March drop y/y -customs
* Iran crude imports in March at 570,338 T, up 107.5 pct
* Jan-March Iran oil imports at 114,115 bpd, down 16 pct
* Jan-March Iran oil imports below 2014 import avg
* Total crude imports in March at 11 mln T, up 8.7 pct y/y
By Meeyoung Cho
SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's imports of Iranian crude doubled in March from a year earlier but the country's oil shipments from the OPEC country in the first quarter of this year fell 16 percent year- on-year to meet international sanction requirements.
Seoul imported 570,338 tonnes of crude oil from Tehran last month, or 134,857 barrels per day (bpd), compared with 274,808 tonnes a year ago, preliminary customs data from the world's fifth-largest crude oil importer showed on Wednesday.
Asia's fourth-largest economy brought 1.4 million tonnes or 114,115 bpd of crude from the Middle Eastern country in the first three months of this year, below 136,281 bpd in the same period of last year and last year's average of 125,000 bpd. Continuación...