Fuels: Price Control in Panama

A presidential decree gives the National Energy Secretariat the power to regulate maximum retail prices for 91 and 95 octane gasoline and low-sulfur diesel.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The regulation of maximum prices will be in effect for a six-month period, which may be extended, according to Executive Decree No. 474 of June 10, 2020 published in the Official Journal.

Check out the "System for monitoring markets and economic situation in Central American countries", prepared by CentralAmericaData.

Article 1 details that in the regulation will be done in the locations "... listed below:

1. Panama
2. Columbus
3. Arraijan
4. La Chorrera
5. Anton
6. Penonome
7. Aguadulce
8. Currency
9. Shredder
10. The Tables
11. Santiago
12. David
13. Border
14. Boquete
15. Volcano
16. Cerro Punta
17. Armuelles Port
18. Changuinola
The Consumer Protection and Competition Authority will execute and ensure faithful compliance, explains Article 2 of the Decree.

See "Executive Decree N°474 of June 10, 2020".

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