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#19529 - 07/13/05 11:05 PM Fuel Price Discussion  
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The price of fuel was the topic on The Morning Show today. Our guests were representatives of the Service Station Dealers Association, Daniel Habet and Sergio Chuc. Habet came to the studio prepared to give us a breakdown on the cost of fuels, beginning with premium gasoline.

Daniel Habet:

Its three dollars and seventy-six cents acquisition cost for the premium and the GOB tax is three dollars and ninety-four cents this is a per gallon basis. Right next to it you see that the company margin for that particular product is ninety-one cents, the dealer margin is seventy-nine cents and the freight to Belize City is seven cents, this give you a total of about eight dollars and ninety-seven cents. The pump price might be one or two cents difference because when all the taxes are averaged you get the point something which might add up to one or two cents so this might be off one or two cents.

According to Habet, the per-gallon acquisition cost of regular gasoline is three dollars and 65 cents, and government tax is three dollars and 77 cents. For kerosene the acquisition cost is three dollars and 92 cents and Government tax is a dollar and five cents, and for Diesel the acquisition cost is three dollars and 77 cents and Government tax is a dollar and 89 cents. We asked our guests about the possibility that Mexico's national fuel distributor, Pemex, might set up in Belize. Chuc told us that he believes such a move is not reasonable.

Sergio Chuc:

Because if Pemex is selling at world prices, Pemex is small compared to Esso who is the sole importer of fuel to Belize and Esso obviously gets their fuel on world prices and so Pemex will have to come and put in the infrastructure. And for a small market like Belize it is not reasonable because Esso already has an infrastructure in place and then there are the two other distributors Texaco and Sol Belize that already have the infrastructure in place to distribute the fuel and then for Pemex to come and set up shop it would cost them too much and the market is just too small. It would be easier for Pemex to go to Guatemala City because the population is larger and set up two big gas stations and there will be little cost attached to it as compare to them coming to Belize for half a million people and setting up a depot.

Chuc says his investigation reveals that Mexico is buying fuel from refineries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the U-S, because Mexican refineries are only producing Diesel in sufficient quantities for their domestic market. He said that this would mean the Pemex price in Belize would not be much lower than present prices. Reporter Marion Ali was on the street this morning talking with people about the same topic. Taxi drivers told her that high fuel prices are having a negative effect on them. One driver put it this way.

Taxi Operator:

It cause our price to be high and we don t get jobs because of the price the costumers prefer to wait for the city bus or walk which makes it rough for us. Along with the high prices we are barely getting any jobs and right now the Government is taxing us and we are really confused about the situation.

Marion Ali:

With the increase of fuel prices has taxi fare increase?

Taxi Operator:

"No it has not, we cannot increase because that will put us out of business, we will not have costumers so that is the situation that we are facing. The price of fuel is really hurting us as taxi drivers, and in my opinion I think the Government should do better that what they are doing because the taxes are too high."

A taxi driver in Belize City talking about the cost of fuel.

#19530 - 07/14/05 09:09 AM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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In Panama last week, unleaded was around US$2.30 to $2.40 a gallon. In Costa Rica, it's around US$2.80 or $2.90. In Mexico, maybe US$2.60? Can't recall what I last paid in Guatemala but under US$3. In Honduras, I think gas is around US$3.

And now Belize is getting up to near US$4.50.

So gas in Belize is nearly twice as expensive as in neighboring countries. Even factoring in the higher acquisition costs and less efficient markets, I guess what it comes down to is taxes.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
#19531 - 07/14/05 08:26 PM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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Good reason to live on Ambergris Caye and drive an electric golf cart.

#19532 - 08/03/05 04:20 PM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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They hit oil today in Spanish Lookout, it'll be a while before they know quantity and quality, but its there.

Belize based travel specialist
#19533 - 08/12/05 05:47 PM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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WHOO WHOOO!!!! Its a GEEZER!!!!! offense Jesse :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Gone fishing!!
#19534 - 08/12/05 10:16 PM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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Bill: speaking of geezers...

#19535 - 08/12/05 10:17 PM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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In Venezuela its 27 cents a gallon.

#19536 - 08/14/05 09:21 AM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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in victoria b.c its 1.10 a litre!! which equals around 4.40 a gallon I believe

#19537 - 08/16/05 04:04 PM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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In Venezuela gas is 13 US cents a gallon. On the other hand the rental cars are so lousy that you think twice before driving very far, since you may be pushing the car back. One car I rented needed to be parked facing downhill and started with the push and pop-the-clutch method. I returned it and got another one that not only had the same problem but it also had the interesting feature of lights that go on and off at will during night drives. You give up and just live with it there - on the other hand, the rental companies go absolutely nuts if you scratch the paint.

#19538 - 08/17/05 05:22 AM Re: Fuel Price Discussion  
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Gone fishing!!
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