REVIEW OF PRICES OF PETROL, DIESEL AND PARAFFIN IN THE MONTH OF MAY, 2019

BACKGROUND

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) considered recent trends in the world petroleum products prices and changes in other macroeconomic fundamentals in the local market and their impact on energy prices.

 

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL PRICES

In April 2019, the average FOB prices of Petrol, Diesel and Paraffin increased by 37.31%, 23.46% and 18.75%, respectively, when compared to the averages obtained in the month of December, 2018 used in determining the ruling pump prices.

 

EXCHANGE RATE MOVEMENT

Since the last review of the In Bond Landed Cost (IBLC) of petroleum products in January 2019, the Malawi kwacha has depreciated by 0.93% trading at K746.79/USD from K739.78/USD.

 

PUMP PRICES                                                                                                                        

MERA assessed the combined effect of the movement of the FOB prices and exchange rate of the Malawi Kwacha to the United States Dollar as well as changes in local factors that determine the maximum pump prices and noted that the landed costs of Petrol, diesel and paraffin increased by 25.01%, 14.61% and 12.84%, respectively. The changes in the landed costs qualified the three petroleum products for a price revision since the changes in the landed costs were beyond the ±5% trigger limit.

However, the MERA Board resolved to cushion the impact of the increased landed cost of the three products through the Price Stabilization Fund. The fuel pump prices have therefore been maintained as implemented on 12th January 2019 as presented below:

 Product

Ruling Pump Prices in MK per liter

Recommended Pump prices MK/litre

Percentage Change

Petrol

868.00

868.00

0

Diesel

874.00

874.00

0

Paraffin

710.50

710.50

0

       

 

RETAILERS MARGINS REVIEW

Following the Retail Margins Review exercise that the Authority undertook, the Retail Margin has been adjusted on petrol, diesel and paraffin from K65.85 per litre to K71.21 per litre through the PSF. This is in line with MERA’s mandate of ensuring that all licensees in the fuel supply chain are able to earn a fair return on their investment for sustained operations and therefore security of fuel supply in the country.

 

All operators are required to sell petroleum products at prices not exceeding the above maximum pump prices.

 

 

SIGNED

 

Rt. Rev. Dr. J.P. Bvumbwe                Dr. Collins Magalasi

BOARD CHAIRPERSON                     CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

9th May, 2019                                    9th May, 2019