Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation have signalled they would pump more oil to fill Iranian vacuum when Trump sanctions take effect from 4 November. While a number of industry experts expect that foreign firms will still face penalties from the United States for trading with Iranian businesses, as a breach of sanctions, most there are still good prospects that Iran's action will be far from ineffective.
U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil sector that were lifted as part of an internationally-brokered nuclear deal with Tehran are set to go back into effect November 5 after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 accord in May.
Last week, CEO of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Ali Kardor had said the country would soon start offering oil for exports via its national stock exchange.
Losses were limited ahead of US sanctions on Iranian exports that are expected to reduce supplies when they go into effect this coming Sunday.
An exchange shop displays rates for various currencies, in downtown Tehran, October 2, 2018.
Some estimates show Iran's crude exports have already dropped by a third since May when it was selling around 2.5 million barrels per day.
While ongoing trade tensions between the world's two largest economies stoke concerns over global energy demand, traders continue to watch how much Iranian supply will be taken out of the market when US sanctions hit early next month.
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Reacting to the announcement, Iran's OPEC governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili claimed that Saudi Arabia had "no such capacity to bolster its crude output", and it may be seen as a call for the kingdom to "walk out of OPEC".
That has set off a scramble by some of Iran's biggest energy buyers, including China and US allies such as India and Turkey, to either get around the USA sanctions or make up the shortfall elsewhere. In dollars, Iran's income has actually declined but in rials, it has increased, enabling the government to pay at least part of its bills. [USD/] A stronger dollar makes greenback-denominated commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies.
Oil has been caught up in broad financial market slumps this month, with stocks falling again on Monday after reports Washington was planning an additional $257 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods if upcoming talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping fail to end a trade war between the world's two largest economies.
"We're right on the cusp of Iran sanctions taking full effect".
At the same time, he boasted about Iran's foreign exchange reserve now estimated at $100 billion being in "its best situation in five years", which indicated he was hoping to spend the country's saving in hard days rather than relying on oil revenues that might not materialize.