Petrol traders commit to providing sufficient fuel for local market

October 12, 2022 - 18:32
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will ask the Government to adjust costs on petrol trading for businesses to help them avoid losses, said deputy minister of Trade and Industry Đỗ Thắng Hải.
Crowds of people queuing outside a gas station in Bình Dương Province on October 11, 2022, as many others closed up claiming they do not have the supply. — VNA/VNS Photo

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HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) will ask the Government to adjust costs on petrol trading for businesses to help them avoid losses, said deputy minister of Trade and Industry Đỗ Thắng Hải.

Hải made the comment at the Ministry’s regular meeting on Wednesday afternoon, noting that since the end of 2021, the global situation has strongly affected the fuel supply. Local traders have made efforts to ensure enough fuel supply for domestic demand.

Under Decree 95/2021/ND-CP amending and supplementing Decree 83/2014/ND-CP on petrol and oil trading, petrol traders can import fuel or buy directly from domestic oil refineries.

Nghi Sơn, the biggest oil refinery of Việt Nam, has cut output since mid-January because of a lack of funds needed to import crude oil, triggering a local gasoline and diesel shortage. Therefore, the Ministry has required 10 key petrol trading companies to increase their import to make up for the domestic shortage. At that time, petrol traders had to import petrol at very high prices, then the price continuously decreased leading to losses.

Hải stated that the important issue was supply. The supply from domestic oil refineries accounted for 70-80 per cent and the remainder came from imports posing great difficulties for Việt Nam importers.

To help remove difficulties for petrol trading enterprises, the two ministries of Trade and Industry and Finance agreed to increase the cost for fuel transport from local refineries.

Hải noted that fuel transport cost from abroad remained a problem. Therefore, his ministry would ask the Government to continue to adjust the cost in order to share the burden with petrol trading companies.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has said that Việt Nam’s fuel supply system is still being reserved to ensure sufficient supply for local demand.

Accordingly, Petrolimex keeps a reserve of 489,000 cu.m. PVOIL holds a reserve of 230,000 cu.m. They are followed by military-run Petroleum Company with 19,000 cu.m, Saigon Petro (11,000 cu.m), Petimex Đồng Thp (45,000 cu.m) and Thanh Lễ (60,000 cu.m).

The Ministry said petroleum trading companies committed to continuously importing more fuel to ensure sufficient supply for their distribution network.

Previously, the MoIT’s Domestic Market Department said in recent days, there has been a phenomenon that some petrol retailers have asked the Department to temporarily suspend business in some provinces and cities such as HCM City, An Giang, Bình Phước, and Đắk Lắk provinces. More than 100 petrol stations out of total of 17,000 were temporarily closed.

This phenomenon is attributed to the rising expenses in petroleum businesses since late 2021. As a result, petroleum traders do not have enough funds to import petrol. They have to maintain sufficient quantity for their retailers and inventories only.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has instructed fuel wholesalers and distributors to work together to enhance fuel supply in some localities facing a shortage of petrol.

In addition, the Ministry has also required market watch teams nationwide to closely work with authorised bodies to conduct inspections and control retail activities and strictly handle violations.

Despite fuel shortages at some petrol stations under the management of key petroleum traders, inventories are sufficient to meet local demand while petrol traders will continue importing fuel, according to the Trade Ministry.

Petrol prices up in latest adjustmentRetail prices of oil and petrol increased starting from 3pm on October 11, following the latest adjustment by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Finance.Accordingly, the ceiling retail price of E5 RON92 rose by VNĐ560 ($0.02) to VNĐ21,290 per litre, and that of RON95 bio-fuel went up VNĐ560 to VNĐ22,000 per litre.The prices of oils were also revised up, with that of diesel oil up by VNĐ1,960 to VNĐ24,160 per litre, and that of kerosene up by VNĐ1,140 to VNĐ22,820 per litre. Mazut oil’s price was kept unchanged, at VND14,909 per kg.The two ministries also determined to extract VNĐ200-400 per litre from petrol prices for the petrol price stabilisation fund. — VNS