Additional cut of 50 won in the standard unit price for diesel fuel subsidy support… Domestic flight fuel allocation duty 0% applied
Choo Kyung-ho “I will respond immediately if there are signs of unrest in key items… I will not let go of the tension”
In order to respond to high oil prices, the government has decided to expand the range of fuel tax cuts to 37% by the end of the year and increase the credit card tax deduction rate for public transportation to 80% in the second half of the year.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Choo Kyung-ho held an emergency economy ministers’ meeting at the government complex in Seoul on the 19th and announced, “We will urgently implement measures to alleviate the burden of ordinary people due to high oil prices.”
Deputy Prime Minister Chu said, “We will increase the range of oil tax cuts from July to the end of the year to 37%, the maximum allowed by law, to induce a reduction in the sale price of petroleum products.”
Currently, the government is temporarily implementing a 30% cut in gasoline, diesel, and LPG butane fuel taxes, which is the largest ever.
Accordingly, the fuel tax, which is currently 573 won per liter, is expected to be lowered by an additional 57 won per liter from next month.
Among the fuel tax, transportation tax is applied at a flexible tax rate (529 won per liter), which is slightly higher than the current legal tax rate.
If the statutory basic tax rate (475 won per L) is applied instead of the flexible tax rate and a 30% cut is implemented based on this, it will be 37% lower than before the fuel tax cut, and the fuel tax per L will go down to 516 won.
“In the second half of the year, the credit card income deduction rate for public transportation will be doubled from the current 40% to 80% in order to promote the use of public transportation due to high oil prices and reduce the burden on ordinary people,” said Deputy Prime Minister Choo.
He said, “To alleviate the burden of fuel costs on the freight and transportation industry, the standard unit price for subsidies linked to diesel oil will be cut by 50 won from 1,750 won per liter to 1,700 won per liter.”
The diesel oil price subsidy is paid in a way that the government subsidizes half of the price of diesel that exceeds the standard price.
The average price of diesel has soared to 2,100 won per liter.
When the standard unit price is 1,750 won per liter, the diesel subsidy is about 175 won per liter.
Deputy Prime Minister Chu said, “We will reduce the current import tariff from 3% to 0% by applying quota tariffs on domestic jet fuel, thereby easing the pressure to increase domestic fares.”
Regarding agricultural and livestock products and essential food, he emphasized, “We will monitor market trends on a daily basis, focusing on items with rising prices, and stabilize the market by responding in a timely manner through supply and demand management such as release of stockpiles and emergency imports, as well as price discounts.”
He added, “We will review additional measures to stabilize supply and demand, such as expanding the items subject to quota tariffs while observing the market situation.”
As a customized measure for the underprivileged, he explained that up to 1 million won (four-person household) will be provided to 2.27 million low-income households from the 24th, and energy vouchers will be implemented for 1.18 million low-income households from the 1st of next month.
Deputy Prime Minister Choo said, “In a severe situation like now, the economic team will not let go of tension for a moment.” He added, “Under the responsibility of each ministry, we check the price and supply and demand trends for key items in the area under their jurisdiction and respond immediately if any signs of anxiety are detected. I will do it,” he said.
“We will continue to discover additional tasks that can immediately contribute to price stability and quickly implement them,” he said.