How far have petrol prices fallen in Europe and Asia? [Infographic]

    May 06, 2020 @ 07:24 AM / by Yimkwan Tsang

    AIRINC Petrol Prices Q2 2020 - 900 imageAIRINC Global Petrol Price Tracker: Q2 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a historic drop in demand for petroleum products. In addition to reduction of fuel use for air and sea transport, on-road passenger travel has been impacted as consumers are driving significantly shorter distances and less often.

    Storage for crude and refined fuels is finite, and even with crude production reduced under an April OPEC+ agreement, tanks on land and ships at sea are at risk of reaching capacity. Due to this, crude oil prices have plummeted and on April 20, crude oil futures plunged into negative territory for the first time in history.

    Changes in crude oil pricing are often echoed in petrol pump prices, but taxes, retailer profit margins, and local demand can all impact how much of a change is seen by consumers, and these factors help explain the differences seen across countries in our data. 


    How have Petrol Prices in Europe and Asia been impacted? 

    In our research, we looked at how petrol pump prices in Europe and Asia have been impacted. We collected pump prices for 75 countries in these regions and found that over 70% showed decreases of 10% or more in the past quarter, from January to April. The largest decreases were in Southeast Asia, where some pump prices dropped by more than 30%. Prices in Myanmar had the most drastic fall, dropping by 60%.


    We collected pump prices for 75 countries in these regions and found that over 70% showed decreases of 10% or more in the past quarter


    Are petrol prices falling everywhere? 

    Still, some locations are resisting price reduction. Fuel prices in Sri Lanka have remained steady but may increase in the near future as fuel import taxes were increased last week. Consumers in Russia have only seen a reduction of 1% due to a domestic tax system—when oil prices are high the government pays oil firms so pump prices don’t rise, but when oil prices are low the firms must pay the government higher taxes. Neighboring Kazakhstan and Belarus have seen slight increases to pump prices, mostly attributed to foreign exchange fluctuations. In Belarus, the government oil group has stated that future reductions are limited to 1 copeck (0.01 BYN) per week.


    Highlights from our latest petrol price report:

    • Petrol prices in Myanmar dropped 60%
    • Hong Kong's pump price is almost 10x that of Myanmar
    • The least expensive surveyed nations are all located in Asia
    • Average Q1 to Q2 petrol price drop for surveyed countries was 16%

    See the full results now by clicking below:

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    AIRINC Petrol Prices Q2 2020 - Infographic


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    Yimkwan Tsang

    Written by Yimkwan Tsang

    Yimkwan joined AIRINC in 2017 as a surveyor and analyst, and is currently serving as a Senior Research Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include conducting international pricing and housing surveys, and analyzing the returned data. She also assists in the production of AIRINC’s WeChat account. Prior to AIRINC, she worked in Ipsos and different academic settings for various types of research. Yimkwan received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University, and her M.S. degree in Housing Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. She is based in Hong Kong.