Diesel price per liter in selected countries - May 2020

In May 2020, the diesel price per liter in the United States stood at 0.63 U.S. dollars per liter. In the United Kingdom in the same month, the price stood at 1.4 U.S. dollars per liter. This data concerns the price of automotive diesel (for non-commercial use) per liter in selected countries.

Diesel price fluctuations

Between Spain, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, the U.S. and Canada, there is a lack of consistency in the monthly change in the price of automotive diesel. Canada's prices decreased by over 30 percent between May 2020 and May 2019, whereas prices in the United Kingdom only fell by around 16 percent. All changes were a direct result of falling oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Diesel fuel in the United States

The monthly retail price of diesel fuel in the U.S. had seen only slight fluctuations in the months between June 2019 and January 2020. However, when crude oil demand began falling due to the pandemic, so did diesel retail prices. Figures slumped to a low of 2.39 U.S. dollars per gallon in May 2020. Crude oil accounts for, on average, about 40 to 50 percent of the share of the total cost of diesel in the U.S. Texas sold the highest volume of diesel and alternative fuel of any state in 2018. That year, they sold about 5.91 billion gallons of diesel.

Average automotive diesel price per liter in selected countries in May 2020 (in U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

May 2020

Supplementary notes

* Automotive diesel for non-commercial use.
Average end-use total prices in U.S. dollars.

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