Petroleum Smuggling From Kazakhstan To Kyrgyzstan Grew In 2016
Petroleum smuggling from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan has increased after Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union and opening of the borders, said Saida Umarbekova, acting director of department of regulation and management of the State Agency for Anti-Monopoly Regulation.
Legal supply of petroleum products from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan has decreased, she said.
Umarbekova said that the decrease in the legal fuel supply in the period from August 2015 to May 2016 amounted 126,000 tons or 172 million liters.
Decrease of volumes of legal import of fuel amounted to 98,600 tons or 84 million liters, she said.
The monitoring of pop-up salespoints of fuel showed that the price of 1 liter of petroleum was cheaper by 2-3 som compared to the official salespoints, she said.
In 2016, prices for petroleum at Gazprom stations in the northern regions increased by 0.5-1 som per liter, while the diesel price did not change – 36.5 soms per liter, reported Umarbekova.
She explained that Russia wanted to decrease exports of petroleum products to cover its domestic demand.