HCMC – More gas stations have run out of stock as distributors have neither responded to their orders nor specified a delivery time, the HCMC market surveillance agency reported yesterday, October 11.
Yesterday evening, 16 petrol stations announced they were out of stock, bringing the number of gas stations temporarily closed to 137, nearly a fourth of the total gas stations in the city.
The fuel shortage has caused a majority of operational gas stations in the southern metropolis to be overwhelmed with crowds of motorcyclists waiting to refuel in recent days.
The agency said it had sent out market surveillance forces to inspect whether the stations are hoarding gasoline, have good reason for their closure and are restricting gasoline sales.
Meanwhile, the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance under the Ministry of Industry and Trade has sent official dispatches to provincial and municipal market surveillance agencies, ordering them to strengthen inspections of gasoline retailers and work with provincial industry and trade departments to clamp down on violations.