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Petrol stations quiet on Rarotonga as petrol runs out

The Cooks Islands has run out of petrol.

The next confirmed shipment of petrol is not due to arrive in Rarotonga until Sunday, leaving providers struggling with a lack of supply.

Chamber of Commerce chief executive Rebecca Tavioni told the Cook Islands News the petrol shortage highlights a potential issue with wholesale reserves.

"We know that currently there are two wholesale licenses for petrol importers who sell direct to consumers, in other words the general public," Tavioni said.

"Triad is one of the wholesalers and maintains approximately three months' worth of petrol reserves for their customer base. We believe that Triad is the only wholesaler to proactively maintain reserve stocks on island."

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