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Vietnam Hit by Fuel Shortages as Hundreds of Retailers Run Dry

  • Prime minister orders probe of market, sales of state gasoline
  • Governments worldwide face surging prices as crude oil soars

Vietnam is suffering from fuel shortages with hundreds of retailers forced to halt sales, prompting Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to order an investigation of the market including imports and exports of gasoline.

Nearly 300 petrol and oil retailers across the country have stopped product sales, according to the trade ministry, which carried out a round of inspections. Reasons ranged from insufficient supplies from wholesalers and distributors to workers contracting Covid-19, it said. Local media have published photos of shuttered petrol stations displaying signs that they had run out of gasoline.