Over two million liters of smuggled fuel seized in southeast Iran

Business Materials 28 October 2012 16:07 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.28/ Trend G.Mehdi/

More than two million liters of smuggled fuels have been seized at the southeastern borders of Iran during the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, IRNA reported.

Gas oil accounted for some 1.9 million liters of the smuggled fuel, according to the report.

Gasoline and kerosene were among the seized products.

On October 24, Iranian Customs Administration Director Abbas Memarnejad said that some 7 trillion rials (about $570 million) worth of goods have been smuggled into and out of Iran during the 6-month period.

Around 12,000 cases of smuggling have been registered at customs nationwide, he added.

The smuggling is not confined to fuels, he said, adding that it also includes home appliance and foreign currency.

The irregular importation of some unnecessary goods has damaged the national economy, Anti-Drug Headquarters Secretary General Fada-Hossein Maleki said. "Imports have increased by 12 percent in weight but declined by 16 percent in value. This issue shows that unnecessary goods have been imported in large scale," he noted.

On October 5, MP Alireza Monadi-Sepidan told the Fars News Agency that imports should be regulated and illegal imports of up to $30 billion, which have dented the domestic production, should be curbed.

According to General Inspection Organization's director Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the smuggled goods into the country amounted to around $20 billion in the Iranian year which ended in March 2011. The figure declined by $6 billion in the year to March 2012.