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OMCs Put Government and General Public On Notice.

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Pump attendant at Atlas Fuel Station
(PC: Atlas)

Oil Marketing Companies in the country released the following press release to inform the general public that they intend to cease operations by October 17th, 2022 due to what they refered to as the daunting debt that their businesses are incurring, threatening their viability as businesses. The full press release is reproduced below along with the signatures of the representatives of the various oil companies.

Press Release


We, the oil marketing companies (OMCs), have a sense of responsibility, as suppliers of petroleum products, employers, taxpayers, and as business entities, to inform all and sundry of a crisis that the country is now facing with respect to the availability of fuel.

In the coming days, we will be forced to shut down our operations.


There are four main reasons:

  1. We are not able to find sufficient quantities of US Dollars in the market in order to pay our suppliers for fuel, meaning we are not able to resupply our stations;
  2. Our banks are no longer able to issue credit so that we can get fuel from our suppliers;
  3. The last three months’ Government pricing structure have imposed on the OMCs bankruptcy losses if we continue for another month;
  4. In addition, these pricing structures have been such that Government only cares about recouping as much revenues as possible from the amount it claims to have subsidized in recent months. In their effort to do this, they are putting at risk the continuity of businesses in the sector.

For example, in the October Government price structure for Gasoil:


-The Margin for the importer is                                                                              2.60 GMD per litre

-The margin for oil marketing companies is                                                           5.05 GMD per litre

Total margin per litre is                                                                                           7.65 GMD per litre


  • The Government Price Structure exchange rate is                               55:74 GMD per litre
  • The real market rate is                                                                                    62      GMD per litre
  • The difference between the two rates is                                                -6.26  GMD per litre
  • The Government Price Structure Letter of Credit rate (1.5%)          0.90   GMD per litre
  • The real LC rate is 2.5%                                                                                    1.51  GMD per litre
  • The difference between the two rates is                                                   -0.61  GMD per litre
  • Total net margin per litre is 0.78 bututs

This margin does not account for the additional costs, such as:

  • Late payment interest due to the lack of availability of the US Dollar
  • Bank charges
  • Transportation costs for fuel distribution
  • Maintenance of standards imposed by the regulator

Meanwhile, the Government is recouping 17.99 GMD per litre, compared to the OMC’s 0.78 bututs per litre…how does this make sense?

The bottom line is, we are on the brink of closing our businesses with millions of dollars in debt and therefore wish to inform you, the general public that we have no other choice than to cease operations by Monday 17th October 2022.

Because the pricing of fuel is 100% controlled by the Government, we plead to the Government to offer a long-term and practical solution before the situation deteriorates further.             

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