8 Jul 2004

Gas stations in Samoa plea for a bigger profit margin on petrol

3:30 pm on 8 July 2004

In Samoa, the Service Stations Association says its 15 petrol stations could close down if the government fails to raise its profit margin by 8 cents a litre.

The matter is expected to be discussed by Cabinet today.

The Association says operating costs have jumped since the government signed a joint deal with Shell and its local partner Petroleum Products Supply.

Petrol stations want to cover their basic operating costs, and argue they cannot exist on the present mark up, and need an 8-cent price rise to keep them functioning.