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Panel SA: ANP reacts to distributors at war over white bomb


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The ANP (Agência Nacional do Petróleo) entered into a tug of war with the large fuel distributors. The companies, represented by the Instituto Combustível Legal (ICL), are trying to undermine the spread of so-called white pumps at branded gas stations, one of the agency’s strategies to increase competitiveness and force prices down.

About a year ago, the ANP allowed flagged service stations (those bearing the brand of a supplier, such as Shell, BR and Ipiranga) to maintain at least one pump for the sale of fuel from competing suppliers — which was prohibited before.

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The white bomb was initially introduced as an innovation for the sector in an interim measure, but fell through Congress under pressure from the large distribution networks. Even so, the ANP took the idea forward as its own rule.

ICL, which has among its members the largest distributors in the country, says that this change has brought insecurity to the market because, supposedly, it allows customers to buy fuel without knowing where it came from. It also claims that the new rules allowed for an increase in infractions at the posts.

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The ANP denies it. In a note, the agency said on Monday (7) that the trader needs to inform on each equipment which company the goods came from, which removes the risk of the consumer being deceived when supplying.

“Case [o posto] If you do not do so, you are subject to penalties, as in the case of any irregularities found in the agency’s inspection actions”, he says.

The white bomb is part of a strategy by the ANP to open up the market as a way to bring down fuel prices.

Julio Wiziack (interim) with Paulo Ricardo Martins and Diego Felix

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