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Business News of Saturday, 4 April 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

We will not burden consumers with additional taxes – NPA tells LPGMCs

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has indicated it would not burden consumers with additional taxes especially not when some parts of the country are under a partial lockdown.

This debunks media reports that the LPG Marketing Companies Association of Ghana (LPGMCs) are calling for the withdrawal of GHp 13.5 Cylinder Recovery Margin which took effect April 1, 2020.

According to the NPA in a statement to GhanaWeb, the margin is to assist marketers to offset some of their financial expenses, the action, they averred is in accordance with the full cost recovery principle of petroleum products pricing in Ghana.

“Per our projection for this very pricing window (1st April to 15th April, 2020), consumers are expected to enjoy a price reduction of about 11.56 per cent even with the introduction of the Cylinder Recovery Margin. These projections were made before the decision to introduce the Cylinder Recovery Margin,” the statement reads further

The NPA then assured the general public of their commitment of ensuring product availability, affordability and accessibility, while their safety and the business viability of players across the value chain.

Read full statement below:

RE: WITHDRAWAL OF CYLINDER RECOVERY MARGIN FROM LPG PRICE BUILD UP

The attention of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has been drawn to a statement issued by the LPG Marketing Companies Association of Ghana (LPGMCs) on the above subject, dated April 3, 2020, calling for the withdrawal of GHp 13.5 Cylinder RECOVERY MARGIN which took effect on April 1, 2020.

We wish to state categorically that, contrary to their claim that the introduction of the margin will increase the product price at the pumps and thereby burden the consumer, the facts as they stand do not support that.

Per our projection for this very pricing window (1st April to 15 April, 2020), consumers are expected to enjoy a price reduction of about 11.56 percent even with the introduction of the Cylinder Recovery Margin. These projections were made before the decision to introduce the Cylinder Recovery Margin.

It is important to state that under the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM), LPG cylinders will be procured, owned, branded and maintained by the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG Marketing Companies (LPGMCs).

The LPGMCs and OMCs will assume full responsibility of the safety and maintenance of the cylinders, and also be liable for any accident involving their branded cylinders. The margin is therefore to assist the marketers offset some of their financial expenses, in accordance with the full cost recovery principle of petroleum products pricing in Ghana.

It is therefore unfortunate for the LPGMCs to hold such a position. That notwithstanding, the NPA will continue to engage them on this and other related issues of mutual concern.

We take note of the concerns raised in the statement regarding tax components in LPG and, we are happy to communicate a positive outcome in the fullness of time.

It is the SOLE PRIORITY of the NPA that the public interest is served. It is also a responsibility of the NPA that the SAFETY and SECURITY of the general public is not COMPROMISED.

We believe strongly that it is in the INTEREST of the general public, Petroleum Service Providers, motorists and consumers of petroleum products that, we develop a model that will SECURE the SAFETY of the general public, in order to forestall the past occurrences of gas explosions we have witnessed as a nation.

We are certainly aware of the difficult situation we all find ourselves in at this time, and the last thing we will do is to further burden the consumer with additional taxes.

The NPA would therefore like to assure members of the general public of our commitment to ensure product availability, affordability and accessibility, while ensuring the safety of the general public and the business viability of players across the value chain.

SIGNED

CORPORATE AFFAIRS.

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