Price of 95 Octane Unleaded Gasoline Hits a New High 95無鉛汽油逾33元 經長:已吸收50%漲幅

Fuel prices hit a new high amid the Russia-Ukraine war. In Taiwan, the price of 95  unleaded gasoline has raised to NT$33.1 per liter. 


Kung Ming-hsin, Minister, National Development Council: “Taiwan's GDP growth should be reduced by 0.37 percent.”

The Russia-Ukraine conflict would bring only a limited impact on Taiwan's economy, the National Development Council Minister Kung Ming-hsin says. Taiwan imports mainly coal, natural gas, metal, and non-alloy steel from Russia. In 2021, Taiwan imported about $5 billion worth of these natural resources from Russia, which took up 1.3 percent of all imports. Taiwan also imported about $170 million worth of wood, sunflower seeds, corn, and neon from Ukraine in 2021. In exports, Taiwan exports less than 1 percent of its goods to Ukraine and Russia.

Chiu Yi-ying, Legislator (DPP): “With Ukraine currently no longer able to supply more than half of the world with neon, Taiwan is prepared and fully in stock with neon for chip manufacturing.”
Wang Mei-hua, Minister, MOEA: “Taiwan had looked into alternative sources for neon during the 2014 Crimea Crisis.”
 
Major commodities such as soybean and wheat come mainly from the U.S. and Brazil. Taiwan only imported 1.64 percent of the nation's corn from Ukraine. Due to inflationary pressure, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in February made suitable tax adjustments by lowering import customs duties by half for butter, milk powder, cement, and beef and removing business tax for soybean, wheat, and corn. These tax benefits last till the end of April. People worry about rising commodity prices after April without the benefits. 

Kao Hung-an, Legislator (TPP): “Should the government lower custom duties for more items or should we continue on with the current benefits?”

Lee Ching-hua, Admin. Deputy Minister, MOF: “The Ministry of Finance will wait for the Cabinet's final decisions and we will take corresponding measures.”

As to whether soaring oil prices would jack up electricity prices, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said that they are currently discussing with experts and will announce the latest rate for electricity prices on April 1. Ukraine recently has asked Taiwan electronics giant Asustek Computer Inc. to withdraw from Russia. ASUS has not yet made a response. Economics Affair Minister Wang Mei-hua said it is up to each company to make its own decision on whether to participate in the international sanctions placed on Russia. Companies have to carefully consider their reputation, Wang said, and she would support ASUS if the company chooses to withdraw.

 

 

 

俄烏戰事對國內經濟衝擊,國發會主委龔明鑫表示,影響有限。進口俄羅斯貨品部分,主要是煤、天然氣以及鐵或非合金鋼,去年一整年進口金額約50億美元,佔進口總值1.3%。進口自烏克蘭,以木材、葵花子、玉蜀黍及稀有氣體「氖氣」,合計約1.7億。而出口到烏俄兩國商品更低,出口總值不到1%。

民進黨立委邱議瑩於質詢時詢問:「烏克蘭他現在斷供,全球過半數以上的氖氣,會不會影響到台灣的整個晶片出廠?」

對此,經濟部長王美花回應:「廠商目前在國內的庫存充足,2014年克里米亞戰爭時,他們也有去分散相關來源。」

大宗物資方面,經濟部表示,黃豆與小麥,大多自美國及巴西進口,去年從烏克蘭進口玉米,也僅佔1.64%,直接影響不大。不過,今年2月上旬,因應通膨壓力,財政部配合行政院,機動調整大宗物資稅率。其中黃豆、小麥、玉米免徵營業稅;奶油、烘焙奶粉、水泥以及牛肉,進口關稅減半。優惠稅率只到4月底。如今爆發俄烏戰事,外界憂心優惠稅率不再,恐衝擊物價。

民眾黨立委高虹安指出:「降低關稅的種類,或者是說我們要去延長這個時間。」

財政部次長李慶華表示:「只要行政院這邊決定,盤點以後需要配合做調整,我們財政部會馬上來進行相關的配套措施。」

至於油價飆漲是否會連帶影響電價,經濟部表示,能源成本價格,專家會通盤考量,將在4月1日公布電價。另外,針對華碩遭烏克蘭點名加入抵制俄羅斯,王美花表示,個別公司會就商譽做整體考量,如果企業決定加入制裁,也會表達支持。