August 22, 2018 / 12:11 AM / 2 months ago

Mexico's Pemex unit fined $22 million by competition authority

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s competition authority said on Tuesday that it has fined a unit of state-owned oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL] for presenting an annual compliance report on antimonopoly measures in the recently opened fuel market a year after it was due.

The Federal Commission for Economic Competition, or COFECE, fined Pemex’s Industrial Transformation unit, responsible for a range of refining and logistical activities, 418.31 million pesos ($22.1 million) for the late report.

COFECE said the report, one of the measures the Pemex unit committed to in 2016 to end an investigation into monopolistic practices in the sale and distribution of diesel and other fuels was presented a year late.

“By delaying the presentation of the aforementioned audit, Pemex’s TRI (Industrial Transformation unit) disregarded a necessary and fundamental element for COFECE to verify compliance with the obligations acquired,” the authority said in a statement.

Pemex will challenge the decision, contending that it has complied with all reporting requirements, and describing the fine as “illegal and disproportional,” the company said in a statement later on Tuesday.

Last year, COFECE fined Pemex’s Industrial Transformation unit nearly 369 million pesos for the “possible commission of a monopolistic practice... in the diesel market.”

At the time, Pemex said it would challenge the fine.

Reporting by Adriana Barrera and David Alire Garcia; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler

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