More gas stations open in Cuba for sale in dollars

More gas stations open in Cuba for sale in dollars

HAVANA, May 31 Amid the serious fuel crisis in Cuba, the regime announced this Thursday the opening of 17 new service centers for the sale of fuel in dollars.The CIMEX Corporation reported on Facebook that starting June 1, 17 new service centers will be incorporated into the current Network of Service Centers in USD in 10 provinces.

According to the entity, the main objective of this increase in the network is to satisfy current demand, especially for rental cars for tourism.

It states that this expansion includes “coverage to tourist areas, the national highway and distant towns with a considerable flow of rented vehicles.”

The provinces where the new gas stations will be opened are Pinar del Río, Havana, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Las Tunas, Granma, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba.

The publication reminds that the established methods for payment in dollars are VISA, MasterCard, the Russian MIR cards, the Prepaid cards issued by BANDEC, the UniónPay and CABAL, as well as the AIS, Viajero and Clásica cards.

More gas stations open in Cuba for sale in dollars

In January, the regime reported that as of February 1, a total of 29 Cuban gas stations would begin to sell fuel exclusively in dollars, with the exception of one of them that would also offer services in CUP pesos.

Tania Vives Alfonso, economic vice president of the CIMEX corporation, then reported that the Nueva Imagen service center, located in the Morón municipality, Ciego de Ávila, would be the only one to have a mixed service because it is at the entrance of the keys and there is no other nearby.

In the last week, however, long lines to buy fuel in Havana and other provinces were added to the runaway inflation, which has increased by 1,500% in the last six years in Cuba. This is an image that is not new nor is it new in the interior of the country.

“A friend spent thirty hours to stock up,” said an Internet user who says his name is Carlos. “That is why the dollar cannot lose value,” added another person named Gustavo. “Shame on you,” Ariadne lamented. “In Cuba there is nothing that works well, only repression and surveillance are effective,” José stressed.

In this context, Cubans go through blackouts of up to 20 hours a day, while the regime blames the phenomenon on fuel shortages and the poor condition of their thermoelectric plants.