Looming fuel shortage in Tanzania


(eTN) – Information received described a worrying trend of a looming fuel shortage in Tanzania due to few new supplies being landed and processed in Dar es Salaam’s port. Like in other Eastern African countries, the procurement of fuel was recently reviewed and led to more or less avoidable shortages, as companies tried to adjust to the new rules and regulations.

Other sources, however, also confirmed that fresh supplies were being offloaded from early last week with priority, which included measures to halt for the time being the discharge of edible oils until the domestic fuel market had enough supplies again to keep traffic flowing.

The development was still being watched with some incredulity by observers in Kenya where the oil sector underwent similar problems in recent weeks as no lessons were apparently learned when implementing the new measures.