BACKGROUND

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) considered recent trends in the world petroleum products prices and changes in other macroeconomic fundamentals in the local market and their impact on energy prices.

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL PRICES

In March 2020 FOB price of petrol, diesel and paraffin decreased by 45.61%, 34.11% and 40.85% respectively, when compared to FOB prices which were applied when determining the ruling prices.

EXCHANGE RATE MOVEMENT

Since the last In Bond Landed Cost (IBLC) review in March 2020, when pump prices were last revised, the Malawi Kwacha has remained stable trading at K743.87/USD.

PUMP PRICES                                                                                                                        

MERA assessed the combined effect of the movement of the FOB prices and exchange rate of the Malawi Kwacha to the United States Dollar as well as changes in local factors that determine the maximum pump prices. It was noted that the landed costs of petrol, diesel and paraffin decreased by 33.04%, 20.61% and 27.18%, respectively and that according to the Automatic Pricing Mechanism (APM) all the three products qualified for a price adjustment since the changes in their landed costs were beyond the ±5% trigger limit.

Therefore, in line with the APM, the MERA Board resolved to revise downwards the pump prices effective 2nd April, 2020 as follows:     

 Product Ruling Pump Prices in MK per liter Recommended Pump prices MK/liter Percentage Change
Petrol 930.00 780.00 (16.13)
Diesel 887.00 765.00 (13.75)
Paraffin 693.60 625.00 (9.71)

All operators are required to sell petroleum products at prices not exceeding the above maximum pump prices.

It is the expectation of MERA Board that other sectors, including transportation, will respond accordingly to this pump price reduction.

SEAL    _____________________________________________________

Rt. Rev. Dr. J.P. Bvumbwe                     Dr. Collins Magalasi

BOARD CHAIRPERSON                           CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

2nd April, 2020                                         2nd April, 2020