Petroleum Transporters Association of Zambia Demands Action Against Oil Marketing Companies for Non-Compliance

Indeni Oil Refinery in Ndola

PTAZ Urges Ministry of Energy to Sue Firms for Failing to Engage Local Transporters

The Petroleum Transporters Association of Zambia (PTAZ) has called on the Ministry of Energy to take legal action against Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) for their failure to comply with Statutory Instrument Number 35 of 2021. This legislation mandates OMCs to allocate a minimum of 50 percent of fuel transportation contracts to local companies.

Expressing disappointment over the continuous disregard for the law by OMCs, Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Chisangano Zyambo recently criticized their non-compliance with Statutory Instrument Number 35 of 2021 and the use of local transporters.

Benson Tembo, the Secretary General of PTAZ, lamented the persistent violation of the directive by Minister of Energy Peter Kapala by OMCs despite numerous reminders. In a phone interview, Mr. Tembo highlighted the unjust disadvantage faced by local transporters as OMCs continued to favor foreign transporters.

The dominance of East African transporters in the local petroleum industry has exacerbated the challenges faced by Zambian transport companies, and PTAZ is now urging swift and decisive action to rectify the situation.

The dispute underscores the importance of enforcing local content laws to ensure equitable opportunities for domestic businesses and promote economic growth.


  1. It’s not always that certain matters should be settled in Court. When you bequeath your economy to foreign players, you also lose other rights as a consequence. The matter is escalated when you have a dimwit leader that believes that FDI can fairly drive the wheels of development and continues to globe-trot in search of all manner of nondescript infestors. Mt. Meru have tankers registered in Zambia & Tanzania but both are driven by Tanzanians. Whatever you do you’ll always be dominated. Zesco is being further rundown because of lopsided MOUs being signed with foreign entities. We don’t need to come and install solar panels under the guise of micro grids to sell power to Zesco . If we can’t do it ourselves, then we’ll continue to complain

    • It is the poor work culture of Zambians………

      Why do you think indians come broke to zambia and ate rich within 5 years………

      Why do you thing burundies come broke , next they own most shops in kombinies ???

      Why do you think congolies and Tanzanians dominate the tailoring business ????

      Is that HHs fault ???

  2. The problem is that enforcing the law is difficult owing to greed. Enforcers look at what they are going to personally benefit from it. Fuel is a big and lucrative business. Everyone including polititians want to profiteer. An SI does not only need to be signed, but applied and monitored. By the way, are those fuel tankers bought by GRZ already distributed to youths?

  3. Every one involved will cite poor work culture of Zambians……….

    Very Unreliable

    Until PTAZ improves on information , training and veting …….

    You will continue to be denied business.

  4. Liberalization of the economy means you get to choose who offers you the best service at the best price. Have you tried talking to OMCs to find out why the zambian transporters are not being considered? Is it price? Quality of trucks? Too much pilferage or what? Correct whatever they say is wrong then they will have no excuse not to give you the business.

  5. Complete the new TAZAMA pipeline ASAP.
    With the 2 pipelines operating side by side , there is no need to be transporting finished fuel products by road into Zambia.
    SI no 35 of 2021 will be rendered useless.It was even useless from the start.

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