END of specific service at Petrobras, Ipiranga and Shell gas stations: PROHIBITED!

A service widely used by Brazilians was banned by the Government. Understand how this affects drivers and gas stations, such as Petrobras.

Surely you have already heard of Petrobras, Ipiranga and Shell. After all, they are the largest gas stations in Brazil today. Every day, millions of Brazilians fill up their vehicles at these establishments.

However, a ban worries Petrobras, Ipiranga and Shell. A government resolution prohibits a very common service in these posts. It is worth noting that in 2021, the ban was annulled.

Currently, there is a great debate on the topic. Continue reading this article to find out what the service is.

Government bans widely used service -Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia / pronatec.pro.br

Check out the ban on Petrobras, Ipiranga and Shell

The ban on the sale of gasoline from other brands at gas stations, also known as "loyalty to the flag", was abolished in 2021.

The measure, which had been in force for more than 40 years, prevented retail stations from selling fuel from brands other than the one printed on their facades.

The extinction of loyalty to the flag was the result of Provisional Measure 1,063/2021, later converted into Law 14,259/2021.

The change aims to increase competitiveness in the fuel market, which, in theory, would lead to reduced prices for consumers.

Important points about the new rule:

Freedom of choice: Retail stations can now offer fuel from different brands, even if they carry the flag of a specific distributor. Transparency: Information about the brand of fuel sold at each pump must be clear and visible to the consumer. This can be done through signs, stickers or other mechanisms. Exceptions: The sale of fuels from other brands is not mandatory. Service stations, such as Petrobrás, Ipiranga or Shell, may choose to continue selling only the brand of the distributor to which they are linked.

Impacts of the new rule

The annulment of the ban had some impacts. Check out.

Competitiveness: Opening the market to free competition can lead to a drop in fuel prices. Variety: Consumers now have more brand options and, consequently, greater power of choice. Quality: The ANP (National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels) is responsible for guaranteeing the quality of the fuels sold, regardless of the brand.

The sale of fuel from other brands at gas stations is still in the adaptation phase.

The ANP regulated the new rule, defining the measures that stations must take to inform consumers about the origin of fuel.

It is still too early to assess the impacts of ending loyalty to the flag. However, the measure represents an important step towards opening the fuel market in Brazil, which could bring benefits to consumers.

Curiosities about the most famous gas stations in Brazil

Petrobras is a Brazilian company with mixed capital, founded in 1953, which operates in the exploration, production, refining, transportation and sale of oil and natural gas.

It is the largest company in Latin America by market capitalization and the tenth largest oil company in the world.

Petrobras has the largest oil reserves in Brazil, estimated at 13.2 billion barrels, and is responsible for around 90% of national oil production.

Meanwhile, Shell is a publicly traded Anglo-Dutch multinational company founded in 1907.

Finally, Ipiranga is a publicly traded Brazilian company founded in 1937 that operates in the exploration, production, refining, transportation and sale of oil and natural gas.

It is the second largest company in Brazil in terms of revenue and the fourth largest oil company in the country.

Ipiranga has oil and natural gas reserves equivalent to 2.2 billion barrels. The company operates throughout the national territory and has around 10 thousand employees.

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