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LatinNews Daily - 19 March 2019

In brief: Mexico

* The Mexican press has reported that based on figures from the state-owned oil firm, Pemex, four states continue to suffer from a shortage of petrol fuels as a result of the measures introduced by the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in January to combat the stealing of oil (huachicoleo). According to the data compiled by the press, up to 15 March a total of 45 of Pemex’s 75 petrol fuel storage and distribution terminals were still registering low levels of fuel reserves due to insufficient deliveries from the petrol tanker trucks that the government has been using to deliver fuel as a temporary measure until it can ensure that oil pipelines can no longer be targeted by oil thieves. This situation has left the central states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Estado de México, and Jalisco still suffering from fuel shortages.