Fifteen years without solution brought the limits to the owners of most of Guayas service stations.
The president of the Association of Fuel Distributors of Guayas, Leonardo Alvarado, confirmed yesterday to Diario EXPRESO that around 60% of the gas stations in the province were not supplied by Petrocomercial.
The Manabita took a similar measure from the beginning of the week that runs.
Since 2003, when the margin of sale was reduced from 18% to 13% (difference between the sale price of the state company and what the stations charge), the entrepreneurs of the sector claim.
“Today we are on the verge of collapse in the city; but in other more remote areas the situation is worse, since they pay more for the transport of the fuel “.
And the rise in value by Lenin Moreno’s Government has made them even more worried, because they need to have more operating capital. According to the guild, they, like consumers, are the most affected. If “we sell 10,000 gallons a month, now to sell that same amount we need an additional $ 8,000, that means more operating capital, which has a financial cost for the owners.”
The guild of Manabí has not billed since Monday the super gasoline and yesterday stopped buying also extra, ecopaís and diesel.
They are further burdened by the cost of transportation, since they carry super gasoline from Guayaquil. “In this way, we present our discontent and pressure to consider our loss by profit margin 0.07 and an equal amount for the distance of transportation,” says a letter delivered to administrators, legal representatives or owners of the stations service of said province.
“It is two provinces that have taken this initiative; in fact we have already communicated to the other zones and to the National Chamber of Distributors. In the coming days will continue to lower purchases, until September 10, when we will make a sit-in in Quito, in front of Carondelet, “says Alvarado.
Sales are low since last Monday, when the rise to 2.98 per gallon (of super) began to govern, so even the gas people do not talk about shortages. The super has decreased so much its sale, “that I do not believe there is a shortage. The migration to gasoline ecopaís (in Guayaquil especially) is affecting the sale of super. We will know this matter in detail in the coming weeks.”
He believes that 60% of the distributors did not buy the high octane fuel yesterday. In the province there are 180 stations and the marketers were calling the stations to buy “to avoid problems,” however, the owners of these businesses point out that the Constitution of the Republic does not force anyone to work for free.
The first day of the new super sale price was at less than 100 gallons per day, when the average is 300 to 400 gallons per station. The companies expect to do an evaluation until the weekend. (I)