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(@speee1dy)
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Who does Puerto Rico get their gas from? They pay roughly the same there as people pay in the states.

How come we can not get the kind of deal they have?

Any thoughts on this

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:03 pm
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I don't have broad knowledge of PR gas prices, but these thoughts come to mind: PR has economies of scale that we don't. PR seems to have less collusion than STX does, since PR gas stations offer different prices per gallon. Local taxes can have a big effect on the price per gallon.

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:17 pm
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Larger population, more storage facilities, ability to purchase larger quantities come to mind.

I'm grateful to be paying 30¢ less per gallon ($4.289 down from $4.589) and hope the downward price trend continues. I look enviously at the closed Domino gas station at the beginning of Polyberg Hill, proclaiming the price of $3.03 per gallon from a few years ago.

What's STX paying these days?

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:26 pm
CruzanIron
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So we have a new gas station on St. Croix selling at less than $4.00.
They get their gas from PR.

The SAME OWNERS own 2 other stations and are selling at $4.19

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:28 pm
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Truly jealous!

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:32 pm
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The Avis article about the new gas station mentioned that the low price is a 3 day special. There was no mention of what the price would be after the 3 day special. My guess is the same as all the other gas stations!

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:39 pm
CruzanIron
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Yes, and they are getting this 'cheap' gas from PR yet the the prices do not drop.

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 1:41 pm
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PR has different customs rules, so they may be paying no or less duty for imported oil.

We also have to add higher transport costs than PR since we're further away and the containers leave empty since we have few exports.

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 2:17 pm
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I'm off island--where is this new gas station on stx?

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 3:58 pm
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On Northshore road I believe the article said it's next to UDL Lumber.

That is near the other gas station at the corner of the road that heads to the cockfighting pit, and down to Glynn....

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 4:01 pm
(@speee1dy)
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well, thanks for the input. i was a bit jealous that they pay that much less than us

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 7:02 pm
 AJ
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I am sure no one cares but as someone who has lived on both the mainland and on St.Croix for 40 years, I can tell you that until recently - not long before the refinery closed, the price of gas on St.Croix was much cheaper than the mainland. For a long time it was maybe half the mainland price and was consistently over a dollar less in the 2000's. True almost everything else costs more but we in St.Croix benefited for a very long time from having a refinery on the island.

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 7:56 pm
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even ten years ago ours was lower

 
Posted : December 17, 2014 8:48 pm
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the containers leave empty since we have few exports.

Very few containers leave STX empty. They are full of rum going stateside. It can sometimes be tough to get space to send items off island.

 
Posted : December 18, 2014 12:51 am
CruzanIron
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the containers leave empty since we have few exports.

Very few containers leave STX empty. They are full of rum going stateside. It can sometimes be tough to get space to send items off island.

Rum is exported in bulk in ISO tanks, not in containers.

 
Posted : December 18, 2014 9:44 am
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Yes, but they still take up the space on the ships. That was the point.

 
Posted : December 18, 2014 10:31 am
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