Seilhamer: Gasoline Retailers Confirm Puerto Rico Gas Prices Higher than Stateside due to Taxes
The Gasoline Retailers Association of Puerto Rico acknowledged that while for years in Puerto Rico gas was cheaper than in the mainland United States, presently the cost is higher do to the imposition of taxes on petroleum and its derivative commonly known as cruditas 1 & 2, approved by the current administration.
At a public hearing of the Senate Labor Relations, Consumer Affairs and Job Creation Comittee, minority spokesperson Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez of the New Progressive Party said “retailers confirmed on record during the public hearing…that in Puerto Rico, gas costs 32 cents more per gallon and that this is the exclusive consequence of the ‘cruditas 1 & 2’ approved by this government.”
He added, “in 2012 the tax on oil was $3 per barrel while today it is $15.50. This has caused that in Puerto Rico, which historically has maintained lower gas prices than in the United States, gasoline be more expensive due to the tax on oil barrels that have come into effect since 2013.”
It was learned at the hearing that the Consumer Affairs Department recommends that gas be paid at 53 cents per liter, or $2.13 per gallon, while the Retailers Association presented as an example that in Orlando, Fla., a gallon of gas costs $1.70, while in Killeen, Texas, the price per gallon is at $1.65.