As part of anti-smuggling efforts, Libya raises commercial price of kerosene

A general view of the El Sharara oilfield, Libya. [Photo: REUTERS]
Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord said on Wednesday it was sharply increasing the price of kerosene for industrial and commercial use as a first step to reform costly fuel subsidies and tackle smuggling.

According  to the decision, the price will rise to 0.85 Libyan dinars ($0.6) per litre, which is also the production cost, the economy ministry of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, Ali Al-Essawi said in a decree published online.

The price of kerosene for domestic use would remain at the old level of 0.15 dinars “until the lifting of the in-kind subsidy and its replacement with a cash subsidy for other products like petrol and diesel, which will be issued soon,” The decree said.

The decree said the aim of this decision is primarily to combat the smuggling of this substance, which is purchased at the subsidised price and smuggled abroad.

The views expressed in Op-Ed pieces are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Libyan Express.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
You might also like

Submit a Correction

For: As part of anti-smuggling efforts, Libya raises commercial price of kerosene

Your suggestion have been successfully submitted

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Libyan Express will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.