Fuel Prices Bolivia

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Fuel Pricing Policies

Local Currency: BOB
Exchange Rate: 6.88


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"Pricing policy: Fuel prices are uniform, controlled by government, and frozen for years at a time. Since Jan 2009, vehicles with foreign licence plates have been charged international prices, set every quarter. On the domestic market, the price of oil is US$27/bbl. Concerned about declining oil production, government issued Supreme Decree 1202 in Mar 2012, providing a tax credit of US$30/bbl to foreign companies in addition to US$10 in cash they were receiving. As late as Dec 24, 2010, government was reportedly denying any intention to reform subsidies. However, just two days later, as part of a broader subsidy reform, government increased diesel price by 83% and gasoline by 73%, the largest since 1991 when prices were raised by 35%. Government was also to raise the fee paid to oil producers from US$27 to US$59 a barrel.

Protests: The increases in Dec 2010 were completely reversed 5 days later following widespread protests, as was food subsidy reduction.

Consequences of subsidies: Fuel subsidies have amounted to about 3% of GDP in recent years. Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 US$ billion 108 140 288 487 462 666 706 % of GDP 1.1 1.2 2.2 2.9 2.7 3.4 2.9 Government newspaper Cambio.

Information: Government posts current fuel prices on its Web site. In Feb 2011, government created a new ministry of communications, 8 years after such a ministry had been abolished."

(Source: Kojima, Masami. (2013, forthcoming). “Petroleum product pricing and complementary policies:Experience of 65 developing countries since 2009.” Washington DC: World Bank.)

Fuel Prices and Trends

Gasoline 95 Octane Diesel
in USD*

in Local Currency

* benchmark lines: green=US price; grey=price in Spain; red=price of Crude Oil

Fuel Price Composition

Price composition as of 2002/12/01.

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Source: example to estimate %-values for each component

http://uneprisoe.org/Pricing/FuelPricingPolicies.pdf pages 15-18


At a Glance

Transparency of
Price Composition
Transparency of Pricing
Mechanism / Monitoring
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Sources to the Public

Type of Information Web-Link / Source
Other Information http://www.bcb.gov.bo/ (Central Bank of Bolivia)
Other Information http://www.cbli.org.bo (Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons)
Other Information http://www.bolivia-industry.com (National Chamber of Industry)
Pump prices and margins http://www.hidrocarburos.gob.bo/MHE2012/


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