Fuel Prices Costa Rica
Fuel Pricing Policies
"Pricing policy: The regulatory authority adjusts fuel prices, uniform throughout the country, every month based on the average international prices during the previous 15 days and the exchange rate. LPG prices are independent of cylinder size, reflecting cross-subsidization. The price-setting mechanism formally includes citizen participation whereby objections can be lodged and considered by the regulatory authority. In Jun 2008, government eliminated taxes on diesel and switched the levy to gasoline to protect the vulnerable from surging oil prices. Costa Rica is a member of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform.
Information: The national refining company posts detailed information on price adjustments on its Web site going back to 1994.
Compensation: An audit reported in 2012 found that fishing boats had received a total of US$112 million in subsidized fuel (on which taxes had been levied) in the last seven years.
(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 Local Currency||
* benchmark lines: green=US price; grey=price in Spain; red=price of Crude Oil
Fuel Price Composition
Price composition for one litre of Gasoline 95 Octane as of 2010/09/01.
At a Glance
Sources to the Public
|Type of Information||Web-Link / Source|
|Pump prices and margins||http://www.recope.go.cr/info_clientes/precios_productos/|