Insurance news regarding Iranian oil imports moves forward in India

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HPCL has announced that it will begin importing crude from Iran when the coverage issue is resolved. The State owned Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) has made insurance news headlines by announcing that it will begin importing one million tons of Iranian crude during this fiscal year, provided that the coverage issues for processing that company’s oil are resolved. This will represent a contract that is only half of what it was last year, but it is far more than the current standstill. HPCL, like a number of other refiners…

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European Union holds back on Iranian oil sanctions, considers exemptions for insurers

The European Union has been deliberating on how to handle sanctions imposed against Iran since late last year. Iran has been the target of oil sanctions from much of Europe and the U.S. These sanctions would have a significant impact of the transportation of oil from the country and much of the Middle East. One of the major problems that would arise from the sanctions concerns the insurance industry. If the sanctions are enacted, insurers in Europe and the U.S. will no longer be able to provide coverage for ships…

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