Fuel Prices Tanzania

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Part of: GIZ International Fuel Price database
Also see: Tanzania Energy Situation

Fuel Pricing Policies

Local Currency: TZS
Exchange Rate: 1475.90


Last Update:

"Pricing policy: The downstream petroleum sector was deregulated in 2000. In July 2007, Petroleum (Conservation) Act was amended to make Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) the economic regulator of the sector. There is a regulatory levy on petroleum products to finance EWURA. Energy and Water Regulatory Authority (Petroleum Products Price Setting) Rules, published in Jan 2009, requires indicative and maximum prices to be issued; rules and pricing formulae were amended in Jul 2011. Prices were issued twice a month but switched to once a month in 2012. Currently price ceilings on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene are set for wholesale (one uniform price for each fuel) and retail (differing by region). Government removed VAT on petroleum products in the 2006/07 budget. Excise duties for diesel and kerosene were adjusted in Jul 2011 to narrow and even eliminate the price difference between the two fuels, which previously favored kerosene by a wide margin and led to large-scale adulteration of diesel with kerosene. In mid-Oct 2011, government reported that kerosene imports had fallen by two thirds and diesel imports rose by 50% as a result. Oil marketing companies complained in Aug 2011 that the new ceilings on Aug 3 forced them to operate at a loss, said they would operate at a loss for only 24 hours, and stopped selling for a week. After threatening to revoke licenses, government raised prices 12 days later, but not before suspending BP Tanzania’s wholesale license for three months. In Feb 2012, Director of the Environment Division in the Prime Minister’s Office said government was considering subsidizing LPG to stem deforestation.

Information: EWURA posts price ceilings by fuel type and location on its Web site in English and Kiswahili. All filling stations are required to post petroleum product prices on boards that are clearly visible and show prices charged, discounts offered, and any trade incentives or promotions on offer."

(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 for one litre of Gasoline 95 Octane as of 2008/09/01.

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(* including distribution and transport margins)

At a Glance

Transparency of
Price Composition
Transparency of Pricing
Mechanism / Monitoring
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Some information is difficult to find; the arrangement of information on EWURAs web page might be improved.

Sources to the Public

Type of Information Web-Link / Source
Other Information http://www.ewura.go.tz/pdf/
Price Composition http://www.ewura.go.tz/pdf/Notices/Detailed_Analysis.pdf
Pump prices and margins http://www.ewura.go.tz/fuelprices.html
Pump prices and margins http://www.ewura.go.tz/newsite/attachments/article/80/Cap_Prices_WEF_6_February_2013_-_English.pdf (Cap prices February 2013)
Wholesale Prices http://www.ewura.go.tz/fuelprices.html


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