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Fuel prices. Transport companies talk about a paradox. Retail price is cheaper than wholesale

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Fuel prices at gas stations are attractive for ordinary Poles, but for companies and entrepreneurs it is not so attractive. Transport company owners talk about a certain paradox. They don’t remember a similar situation where it was ever more profitable to refuel at a gas station at retail prices than to refuel at wholesale prices. The difference is 40 cents per liter.

“ROS-TRANS” from Kosakowo is a family transport company with 20 years of experience. They use 10,000 liters of fuel a month. Previously, they paid PLN 5.6 gross per liter at the wholesaler. Currently they pay PLN 6.4 gross per liter, which they feel very strongly about. They are hurt by the fact that they pay more for fuel at a wholesaler than at a regular gas station. This situation forced them to change the refueling policy at their plants.

– At a wholesaler it is about 40 cents more expensive per liter than at a gas station for a retail customer, where previously it was about 30 cents cheaper than at the station. So we go to refuel at regular stations, like every retail customer, and we refuel buses there – says Julian Rosin, Ros-Trans Transport Company.

They cannot be surprised, because such a bus holds over 400 liters of fuel.

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Transport company owners say they do not remember a similar situation in the past. They see more and more buses pulling up to retail stations. This is because gas stations refuse to refuel Mausers, citing the limit.

“Liquid election sausage”

As Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa, manager, investor and former president, explained on TVN24 a few days ago PGNiGthe real reason for lower retail prices in Poland is “liquid election sausage“.

Some drivers, fearing a sharp increase in prices and fuel shortages, fill up their tanks. Numerous photos of dispensers from Orlen stations showing information about the lack of fuel or a card with the inscription “failure”, recently circulated on the Internet. In the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, ambulances had problems with refueling at stations of this network. Orlen assures that there is no shortage of fuel, but in some places it cannot keep up with its delivery. At the same time, stations are ordered to report a failure of the dispensers, not a lack of fuel.

Economists predict that after elections fuel prices will go up.

– We estimate that after the elections, fuel prices will become more expensive in November by 10 percent, in December by another 9 percent. – Przemysław Litwiniuk, a member of the Monetary Policy Council (RPP), spoke in the “Rozmowa Piaseckiego” program on TVN24.

Main photo source: TVN24

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