Govt surpasses petroleum levy collection targets despite declining sales

In the first six months of fiscal year 2023–24, the federal government has exceeded expectations by collecting Rs472.77 billion in petroleum levy (PL), constituting an impressive 54 per cent of the total budgetary estimates for PL on petroleum products for the current fiscal year.

This collection marks a significant uptick, registering a remarkable 166 per cent increase compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year. The government achieved a substantial PL collection of Rs222 billion in the initial three months of the current fiscal year.

Originally budgeted at Rs869 billion for PL collection in the fiscal year 2023–24, the government revised its target to Rs918 billion following an increase in PL from Rs50 to Rs60 per litre on petrol and high-speed diesel (HSD). This adjustment aligns with the government’s commitment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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However, against this backdrop of successful revenue generation, the country witnessed a notable 15 per cent decline in the sales of petroleum products in the first six months of the current financial year.

According to the Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC), petroleum product sales dropped to 7.68 million tonnes, a considerable decrease from the 9.03 million tonnes recorded during the same period in the previous fiscal year (July to December).

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