Kazakhstan’s Oil Product Export Ban Ineffective – Expert
Kazakhstan, Astana, 22 May / Trend corr K. Konirova/ "The ban on export of oil products in the country is an ineffective measure," international jurist on oil deals said to Trend in Astana. He preferred to keep his name anonymous.
Last Monday, Kazakhstan Government imposed a temporary ban on export of oil products. The decree was undersigned by Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov. According to Kazakh Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Sauat Minbaev, the ban on oil products export will be valid until 1 September 2008 and is intended to stabilize the situation in the domestic market, to stabilize diesel and petrol prices.
Oil product prices rapidly climbed up after the introduction of customs for raw oil export, which caused a hike in oil products export followed by oil product shortage in the domestic market.
"Administrative measures taken up by the Government are almost useless, because the execution of documents at the custom-house is far more effective than any ban," expert said.
International jurist referred to the annual analysis held by WB for Doing Business for further drawing up of rating of procedural requirements observed at export and import.
According to the International Trade: Import & Export, in 2005, Kazakhstan took the 172nd position amongst 175 countries, in 2006 - 177th position amongst 178 countries, in 2008 - 178th position out of 178 countries. "Indicators of the index are the number of documents, duration of operations (days) and operational expenditures (USD)," he said.
According to expert, one of the indices that negatively affects the aforementioned rating is the period during which the vehicles pass via check-points at borders, ungrounded long period to issue different documents, number of documents, presence of different control bodies at borders carried out by 5 different structures.