In August 2023, fuel prices in Italy increased by +9.5% (petrol) and +2.7% (diesel), compared to the same month of 2022. LPG fell by -11.5%. These are the data provided this morning in Rome by Faib Confesercenti, the trade association of petrol stations, on the occasion of its assembly for the 60th anniversary of its foundation. In the first 7 months of 2023, fuel consumption on the ordinary network grew, both for petrol (+431 million litres compared to the same period of 2022) and for diesel and LPG (respectively +140 million and +21 million). From January to July there was a decrease on the extra network (-8 million liters for gasoline, -374 million for diesel). In August 2023, for a full tank of 50 liters of gasoline, Italians paid 11 euros more than the European average, an increase almost entirely due to the tax component. Assuming an average of 4 full tanks in the month, Italian consumers spent 388.2 euros, over 45 euros more than the European average, of which more than 44 euros in taxes. VAT and excise duty account for 57% of the price (they were 48% in 2022). From January to July 2023, according to FAIB data, the cost of fuel in Italy was higher than the European average of 22.4 euro cents per liter for petrol and 18.3 cents per liter for diesel, the highest since 2018. In the consumer price of petrol and diesel in the first seven months of 2023 in Italy, the international quotation weighs for 32% for petrol and 35% for diesel (in 2021 the weight was 26.6% and 28%). The industrial revenue (gross margin of the company) and the gross revenue of the operator (equal to 3.5 euro cents, 1.9% of the price of gasoline and 2% of that of diesel) together constitute between 10 and 11% of the final price. The tax burden (VAT and excise duty) weighs for 57% of the price of petrol and 53% of the price of diesel (they were 48% and 42% in 2022).
In Italy 22,600 distributors, record in Europe
Italy has 22,600 fuel stations, and is the European country that has the most, above Germany (which has 14,500), Spain and France. These are the data provided this morning in Rome by Faib Confesercenti, the trade association of petrol stations, on the occasion of its assembly for the 60th anniversary of its foundation. Our country has a fleet of over 40 million cars on the road, second only to Germany. But the number of cars per point of sale is just under 1,800, below that of Germany (which exceeds 3,1 cars) and those of the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Spain and most European countries. Even the average dispensed in our country, equal to 237,47 cubic meters per year, is lower than the European average of 1% (a difference equal to 176,1300 cubic meters per year). The gap is particularly pronounced compared to almost all European economies: from the main ones such as the United Kingdom (which records a disbursement more than three times higher), Spain, France and Germany, up to others such as Austria, Poland, Norway. After Italy, there is only Greece. In our country there is a diffusion of methane above the European average. Italy is the leader in Europe for points of sale of this fuel (over 835) and for circulating cars. In second place is Germany, with about 100 points of sale, but with a circulating of 000,1 vehicles, against <> million in Italy.
Faib, the fuel bonus is not enough, you need the mobile excise duty
"Providing a fuel bonus for less well-off families is certainly right, but we consider it insufficient. As Faib we believe it is at least appropriate to activate the mechanism of mobile excise duty in relation to the increased VAT revenues, to cool the increases that have placed the average national price in self above the thresholds of 2 euros per litre". This was stated by the president of Faib Confesercenti, Giuseppe Sperduto, the trade association of petrol stations, at the assembly today in Rome for the 60th anniversary of its foundation. "The cartel of the average regional price - continued Sperduto - that we will continue to update daily on our plants certainly does not serve to contain the price of speculation, which, as demonstrated, is not determined downstream on distributors. It is in the international arena that the price is inflated by speculative manoeuvres on the financial markets or by choices induced by producer countries. The problem, however, remains on the shoulders of the managers - added Sperduto - who, although the sanctions have been lightened, for a simple error or delay in communication are sanctioned and classified by the control authorities as if a real commercial fraud had been implemented". Petrol stations, concluded the president of FAIB, "must face an energy transition in an environmental key that, albeit with a neutral European approach, marks the end of the certainties that have guaranteed industrial systems structured over a century. For the FAIB there is no time to lose: it is necessary to launch a profound reform of the sector. We certainly need new rules and resources, but also the control and affirmation of contractual rights against illegalities".
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