New fuel pricing is not advantageous to consumers

The lawyer Ricardo Magro, an expert in the fuel sector, has been a critical observer of the new pricing policy for diesel and gasoline used by Petrobras. Since October last year, explains Ricardo Magro, the state announced that fuel prices would be based on monthly assessments accompanying the trend in the international market. This policy provides for the maintenance, reduction or increase in prices in refineries.

The reality, however, is that the changes only come to the pumps in case of increase, and accuse the states or plants not pass the low consumer price can be a real crock. "Just who is unaware of the systematic can make such a claim, or we would be facing a lame excuse to justify other practices," says the lawyer Ricardo Magro.

Ricardo Magro is based on two premises: first that ethanol used in gasoline is only 27% of C gas volume, ie the gasoline sold at the pump and, therefore, its power to influence the price is extremely modest. The second is that arrecadatórias practices have not changed from the price reductions made by Petrobras. This means that the tax policies of the states at all influenced the transfer.

Given the scenario you can see that Petrobras' practices have changed, but the distributors follow similar. Thus, the state still practicing that international market prices, gives up an additional margin, which it needs to remain competitive.

On the other hand, the large distributors do not pass on such a benefit to the dealer station and hence to the consumer. Again Petrobras loses and distributors gain, evaluates Ricardo Magro.

Claudia Fernandes
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