Some petrol pumps have now stopped supply to the customers. They are planning to store it and sell it after a possible increase in the price in the coming days. However, some companies that failed to import petroleum products due to issues in opening Letters of Credit (LCs) are also unable to supply fuel to their retail outlets, leading to a shortage of products. Sources told The Express Tribune that the country has enough stock of petrol and diesel to meet the demand for the next 20 days.
9,800 petrol pumps in Pakistan
He said that currently only six top companies (Pakistan State Oil, Total, Go, Shell and APL) have stock of petroleum products. There are a total of 9,800 petrol pumps in the country, out of which six companies have a network of 6,000 retail outlets. The Express Tribune reported that the remaining oil marketing companies have not been able to import petroleum products due to issues in opening LCs for the remaining 3,800 retail outlets.
Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are falling
Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are continuously falling. Due to the return of loan, Pakistan is now continuously facing shortage of money. In Pakistan, the containers of essential goods are lying at the ports. State Bank of Pakistan is not able to pay. Pakistan has such a shortage of foreign exchange reserves that it can import only for 18 days. State Bank of Pakistan is paying only for essential items.
(with agency inputs)