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September 22, 2022[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Baghdad/The Obelisk: Hussein Talib, General Manager of the Oil Products Distribution Company, said on Thursday 22/09/2022 that the smuggling of oil derivatives is active during certain periods that are linked to the rise in international prices of derivatives, which affects prices in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
In a statement followed by the obelisk, Talib said that since the state subsidizes fuel prices in the governorates, there are weak-minded people who take advantage of this to smuggle into the region, indicating that the product sold to the citizen at a price of 450 dinars costs the state up to a thousand dinars, according to Al-Murbad.
He added that the company's specialization is the marketing of petroleum products, while following up on the smuggling of these derivatives is the responsibility of the security authorities, but the company has interaction and joint coordination with security agencies such as the National Security Agency, joint operations and energy police intelligence, and works as a single cell to monitor cases of smuggling.
He pointed out that dozens of smuggling cases were monitored during the current year, and there are stations where cases of forgery of traffic plates were found on the electronic control program and those stations were closed and referred to the judiciary, and other stations where vehicles intended for smuggling were monitored.
He concluded his speech by saying that the smuggling of derivatives began to decline as a result of the diligent monitoring of the transport routes by the security services, as well as granting them the right to enter any station to check their sales and the volume of fuel supplied and sold at the station.
In June 2022, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior revealed the cause of the fuel crisis, and attributed it to smuggling oil derivatives by some people to the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The Ministry of Interior launched a campaign to prevent the leakage of fuel or oil products into the Kurdistan region.
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Earlier, the Ministry of Oil accused some owners of private gas stations of being behind the fuel crisis; Because they “make crises at the expense of the citizen and the ministry for narrow goals and interests, and they do not provide fuel to the citizens on a regular basis.”
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