Diesel shortages and rationing hit 19 Argentine provinces, warn carriers

Argentina plans to import diesel to alleviate the shortage that affects cargo carriers in several provinces of the country, official sources said this Wednesday (1st).

The chief of staff of the presidency , Juan Manzur, said at a press conference that the government “will guarantee” the supply of this “strategic input”.

After talking to the Secretary of Energy, directors of the state oil company YPF and the minister of Economy, he stressed that “there is a vocation and a decision to import more diesel oil”.

According to the Argentine Federation of Road Cargo Transport Companies (Fadeeac), the shortage lasts for more than two months. and the most critical situation is in the center and north of the country.

“We cannot bring the harvest in time, nor the livestock or the food. The industry at large will begin to feel the consequences. Fuel is an essential element to be able to carry out our work. More than 90% of the Argentine economy travels by truck,” explained Fadeeac president Roberto Guarnieri in a statement.

Fadeeac revealed that eight provinces – Jujuy , Salta, Formosa, Tucumán, Misiones, Corrientes, Entre Ríos and Santa Fé – suffer from “very little or no supply at service stations”, while in seven provinces – Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, San Juan, Mendoza, Buenos Aires and the city of Buenos Aires – supply is rationed to 20 liters per unit.

Three other provinces – Catamarca, La Rioja and San Luis – accept between 21 and 50 liters per unit, and La Pampa accepts from 51 to 100 liters. The southern provinces of the country, on the other hand, do not have supply problems.

Guarnieri added that the problem is “generated by the lack of foreign exchange and the difficulty of rapidly advancing the necessary policies”.

“For several weeks, hundreds of trucks from Bolivia have been coming to the port of Campana to collect the fuel that their country imports. When you pay, the fuel is available. Meanwhile, in Argentina, we have trucks stopped on the side of the road, due to lack of diesel, ”he explained, warning of a risk of shortages in the Argentine economy in general in the coming weeks.

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