KARACHI: The government has granted permission to refineries to import crude oil.
According to a notification of the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division), the decision has been taken due to the rising demand for fuel during the harvesting season.
“… high consumption of Motor Gasoline/ HSD have been witnessed since 1st April, 2020 which is due to progressing harvesting season across the country,” the notification stated.
As per current practices, oil marketing companies are allowed to keep 20 days of fuel in their storage. Following the massive dip in demand for petroleum products owing to the nationwide lockdown, the federal government decided to place a ban on the import of crude oil on March 26, 2020.
Sources claim that the decision to lift the ban is taken in consideration of the massive slash in international oil prices and owing to the increase in demand due to the lockdown being eased across provinces.