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U.S. Allows Venezuela to Import LPG Amid Cooking-Gas Shortage

  • License permitting gas imports seen as humanitarian gesture
  • Residents resorting to burning deforested firewood for fuel
Empty stalls at the municipal market of Guaicaipuro, in Caracas, on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Empty stalls at the municipal market of Guaicaipuro, in Caracas, on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

The U.S. government will allow Venezuela’s cash-strapped state oil company to import the liquefied petroleum gas many Venezuelans cook with amid a fuel shortage that is forcing residents to burn deforested firewood.

The Treasury Department granted a waiver this week permitting Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, and affiliated companies to buy the fuel, known as LPG, temporarily lifting a ban put in place as part of former-President Donald Trump’s administration’s sanctions on the Venezuelan government.