TROPIGAS Fined for Giving Inaccurate Information

The Salvadoran Superintendence of Competition has fined the company $75 thousand for not giving complete information and not including VAT on the unit selling price of gas cylinders.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

"... TROPIGAS committed an administrative offense defined in article 38 paragraph 6 of the Competition Act, having provided in an inexact manner the information required in the process of preliminary proceedings initiated in May 2011 in the gas market," reported article.

An investigation was initiated in order to understand the apparent competition problems in the marketing of liquefied petroleum gas. The Superintendent requested information from the Ministry of Economy, the Consumer Protection Agency and others to analyze the performance of the product chain.

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Tropigas, Tomza Gas, Zeta Gas and Unigas are being investigated in El Salvador, for allegedly having agreed prices or other conditions in sales in the industrial LPG bulk market.

From a statement issued by the Superintendency of Competition:

April 12, 2018 In March the Superintendence of Competition (SC) started a sanctioning administrative process to investigate a possible cartel in the industrial market for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in bulk, among four distributors, who may have agreed on prices or other conditions on sales from January 2013. The companies being investigated are: Tropigas de El Salvador, S.A. de C.V.; Tomza Gas de El Salvador, S.A. de C.V.; Zeta Gas de El Salvador, S.A. de C.V.; and Unigas de El Salvador, S.A. de C.V.

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The Superintendency of Competition in has sanctioned Total El Salvador with a fine of $69,314 for filing incomplete information in an investigation into the liquefied gas market.

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September 2011

The company Alba Petróleos is preparing to enter the Salvadoran propane market in December.

At the beginning of its operations, the company may cover only 3% of the domestic market which is currently served by four companies, Tropigas, Z-Gas, and Total Gas and Tomza.

An article in by Luz Estrella Rodríguez contains quotes by the vice president of Alba Petróleos: "The gas will be stocked by a company in Honduras and will be unloaded to the 5,000 barrel capacity tank that has already been built in its plant located in Puerto de Acajutla, Sonsonate , as well as to other locations that are available in the port of La Union and that Alba Petróleos plan to rent. "

Propane Gas Market Sees Investments

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Salvadoran propane gas companies expect to double their sales by investing in distribution centers and upgrading their customer service.

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