Litro and Laugfs halt non-commercial LPG distribution

State-owned Litro Gas and privately owned Laugfs Gas PLC, the two suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Sri Lanka, have decided to halt the distribution of cylinders for domestic use due to the shortage of supplies, the LPG companies explained.

At present, LPG cylinders are being distributed only for commercial use.

It was reported yesterday that Litro Gas was yet to receive foreign exchange to be paid to the two cargo vessels anchored in the Sri Lankan maritime border for nearly 10 days carrying 3,500 metric tonnes (MT) of LPG.

It was reported that nearly $ 18,000 needs to be paid off per day in late fees for each shipment. Thereby, approximately $ 360,000 is due to be paid to the two cargo vessels in late fees alone.

Members of the public have been gravely affected by the ongoing shortage of LPG in the local market, and long queues were witnessed outside retail outlets over the past few days.

The situation has also caused a heavy toll on restaurants, some of which were forced to shut down operations as a result of the shortage.