Fuel prices fall to 2-month low

By Hoai Thu   July 10, 2022 | 07:33 pm PT
Fuel prices fall to 2-month low
A gas station employee in Hanoi updates gasoline prices in Ha Dong District, Hanoi, July 11, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Gasoline prices fell by 10 percent Monday to their lowest levels in two months after an environment tax cut.

The price of the popular RON 95 gasoline was reduced by VND3,090 to VND29,670 a liter, and that of biofuel E5 RON 92 by VND3,110 to VND27,780 (US$1 = VND23,350).

The prices of other fuels like kerosene and diesel also fell by 4.2-11.4 percent.

The biggest drop in prices this year pushed them to their lowest levels since May 11.

But compared to the beginning of this year they are still up by over 24 percent.

Normally, authorities make gasoline price adjustments in the afternoon of the 1st, 11th and 21st of a month, but this time it was adjusted at midnight Sunday following a cut in the environment tax.

The tax, originally VND4,000 per liter and cut to VND2,000 in April, was brought down to VND1,000 by the Standing Committee of the National Assembly.

The Ministry of Finance has also proposed cuts to excise and value-added tax on gasoline to bring prices down further. They are expected to be approved in the next session of the National Assembly in October.

But industry insiders have called for the cuts to be made sooner, saying rising fuel costs have been one of the biggest stumbling blocks to their recovery after Covid-19.

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