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Fuel traffickers becoming more active in Herat

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Fuel traffickers becoming more active in Herat

Officials at Herat’s oil and gas administration department reported that mafia groups are becoming more active in importing poor quality fuel into the country.

The officials call for legal actions to be taken against these mafia groups.

Khesraw Abdullah, Head of the Department, said there are witnesses to prove that poor quality fuel is imported through Herat borders.

According to the officials, a commission composed of 7 members has been formed to prevent import of poor quality fuel into the country.

A number of residents have criticized the department for their failure to control prices and accuse them of the bad quality of fuel in Herat’s market.

The residents believe that the import of poor quality is a lucrative business among mafia groups who bring in cheap oil into the country and cause many problems to the people.

Officials at burn cares link the high rate of burned patients in Northern provinces with the usage of fuels that are below par.

Lack of oil and gas reserves in the north of Afghanistan is the main reason behind rising fuel prices and a major challenge,with the winter season approaching.

On the other hand, fuel traders complain about the higher import taxes at Herat borders compared to other provinces in the country.

According to Haji Najibullah Yusufi, in charge of the petroleum forum in Herat,  taxes on fuel are 20-30% higher in Herat than in other provinces. In addition, gas stations in Herat also pay profit taxes, which do not exist in any other province.

Therefore, the traders chose other ports for importing fuel into the country, like Nimroz and Farah ports.

Mr. Yusufi called the attitude of the government towards Herat unjust and said that Herat serves as the guinea pig for the government’s rules and regulations.


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