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Zimbabwe once faced fuel crises for ten years as a result of economic failures and lack of planning in the fuel sector. Private companies and individuals are able to import product through DFI’s (direct fuel imports). The Government-run companies such as Petrotrade and Petroleum Marketing Company (PMC) regulate imports and direct all supplies through the pipeline in order to maintain a working facility and control product taxes. Currently, fuel is easily accessible at all filing stations across the country. The country has also started blending imported petrol with the locally-produced ethanol, a project that has the potential to assist the local petrol market. 

For contact information, please see the following links:

4.1 Zimbabwe Government Contact List

For more information about fuel in Zimbabwe, please see the following attachment: Additional Zimbabwe Fuel Information

Fuel Pricing

Fuel Prices as of: December 2016

US$

Petrol (per litre)

1.40

Diesel (per litre)

1.25

Paraffin (per litre)

1.05

Jet A1 (per litre)

0.90

Seasonal Variations 

Seasonal Variations

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel, e.g. are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military? (Yes / No)

Yes

Is there a rationing system? (Yes / No)

No

Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs? (Yes / No)

Yes

The UN, NGOs and development agencies face potential challenges and risks of fuel shortages. However, the UN has put in place contingency measures where fuel can be imported through fuel companies and distributed through Fuel Coupons and Smart Cards with reputable fuel companies. These facilities can be used as a fall-back position in times of crisis. 

Fuel Transportation

Primarily, fuel is transported through a pipeline from Beira port in Mozambique, and by road and rail as well from Beira port and from South Africa. Internal fuel transportation is mainly done by road and a small portion being transported by rail.

Internal transportation of fuel products is carried out in fuel tankers. Many tankers are equipped with either solid chassis hulls or skid tanks on flat beds but all meet the loading and offloading requirements at source and final destination.

Standards, Quality and Testing

The Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) Laboratories are implementing ISO/IEC 17025 quality management system and are at an advanced stage towards accreditation.  The SAZ auditing and certification management system is accredited by SANAS which is a testimony that we are competent to offer such services. This accreditation was first awarded close to 10 years ago to Guide 62 (General Requirements for Bodies operating Assessment and Certification/Registration of Quality System) and 66 (General Requirements for Bodies operating Assessment and Certification/Registration of Environmental Management  Systems). The Quality Assurance Department was awarded international recognition to ISO 17021 for Certification Bodies on 11 September 2008.

Industry Control Measures

Tanks with adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel (Yes / No)

Yes

Filters in the system, monitors where fuel is loaded into aircraft (Yes / No)

Yes

Adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks (Yes / No)

Yes

Presence of suitable fire fighting equipment (Yes / No)

Yes

Standards Authority

Is there a national or regional standards authority? (Yes / No)

Yes

If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced? (Yes / No)

Yes

Testing Laboratories

Are there national testing laboratories? (Yes / No)

Yes

Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory

CompanyStandards Association of Zimbabwe

Telephone and Fax

+263-4-88 2021, 88 5511/2

Website

http://www.saz.org.zw/

Contact

Dr. Eve Gadzikwa

Standards Used:

  • Petrol, Leaded: SAZS 734
  • Petrol, Unleaded: SAZS 753
  • Diesel: SAZS 751
  • Paraffin, Illuminating: SAZS 752
  • Oil, Lubricating: SAZS 133
  • Petrol, Leaded: SAZS 734