*China imported a first quarter record 14.986mn tons in 1Q 2019, as year-on-year demand continues to surge – by 2.555mn tons in this instance. But the 2.986mn tons supplied from the Mena region fell just shy of 1Q 2018’s record 3.044mn tons, dropping its share from 24.5% to 19.9%.

*1Q 2018’s regional record was in large part due to a record 2.918mn tons of LNG from Qatar, with Oman supplying the remaining 126,000 tons. This year, Q1 saw records from both Oman (323,000...