Fuel prices to go down

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…as Gov’t announces cut in excise tax

Guyanese can expect a reduction in fuel prices as the Government moves to lower the excise tax rate on both gasoline and diesel from 50 percent to 35 percent with immediate effect.

Senior Minister within the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh made the announcement on Wednesday evening. He said the move is expected to cushion the domestic impact of the recent sharp rise in the world market price for fuel.

The reduction in the excise taxes is expected to minimise the impact on domestic consumers, particularly the travelling public as well as those productive sectors for whom fuel is an important input.

In announcing the cut in excise taxes, Minister Singh said over the past few months, oil prices have risen steadily on the world market, from US$35 a barrel in late October 2020 to over US$60 a barrel at close of trade on Wednesday. As a result of this steady increase on the world market, fuel prices have also been rising on the domestic market.

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As a result of the reduction in the excise tax rates, the price at the pump will also be reduced with immediate effect. Specifically, gasoline prices are expected to reduce from $184 per litre to $170 per litre, and diesel prices from $170 per litre to $160 per litre.

Minister Singh explained that, during its previous term in office, the PPP/C Government had put in place arrangements to adjust the excise tax rate on fuel from time to time to cushion the domestic impact of world market price fluctuation, and that the current tax adjustment is being effected using this previously established mechanism.

Minister Singh emphasized that Wednesday’s adjustments are in keeping with the strong ongoing commitment by President Irfaan Ali’s Government to ensure that domestic customers are protected from sharp price escalation on the world market and from cost of living increases.



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