Thursday 18 August 2022

Dutch motorists fill up in Germany as petrol price gap hits 35 cents a litre

Dutch cars queueing for cheap petrol in Nordhorn on Wednesday. Photo: ANP/Vincent Jannink

German petrol stations are expecting a rise in cross-border trade from Dutch motorists after a cut in fuel duty took effect on Wednesday morning.

Petrol and diesel are typically around 10 to 15 cents a litre cheaper in Germany, but the tax cut has widened the gap to around 35 cents for a litre of E10 petrol and 17 cents for diesel.

Early reports from across the border indicated more Dutch cars had made the trip across the border than usual, but long queues had not built up.

The Dutch government cut its own fuel duty on April 1, but petrol and diesel prices in the Netherlands remain among the highest in Europe at around €2.45 and €2.14 per litre respectively.

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