23 May 2019
Venezuela, the country with the world's largest crude reserves, is suffering gasoline shortages because oil sanctions imposed by the United States began to take effect on the nation's fuel supply, which aroused public concern. On April 28, exemptions permitting U.S. gasoline exports to Venezuela expired, cutting off a daily fuel supply of 54,000 barrels to Venezuela. Since the beginning of this month, lines of cars have begun to be seen at some gas stations across the country, and drivers have to wait in line for hours to fill up their tanks.
The Unitary Federation of Petroleum and Gas Workers recently said that the government is trying to guarantee gasoline supply in the capital region, but it is not a promise. The situation may worsen in the next few weeks.