2,000 liters of smuggled fuel seized in NE Iran

TEHRAN, Jul. 13 (MNA) – Deputy head of the border guards in northeastern Khorasan Razavi said on Monday that above 2,000 liters of smuggled fuel have been confiscated in the province before being smuggled abroad.

As Colonel Hossein Ebrahimi said, in the past recent four days, 2,550 liters of fuel at the value of 114.3 million rials have been seized at Taibad border.

The smugglers have been arrested, he added.

Iranian forces have managed to seize a great amount of fuel before being smuggled to neighboring countries in the previous Iranian year (ended on March 20, 2020).

According to Iran’s Border Guard Commander Brigadier General Ghasem Rezaie has announced that During the previous [Iranian calendar] year [March 2019 – March 2020], 17.5 million liters of diesel, gasoline, and kerosene were seized being smuggled out the country which shows a 25% increase compared to the year before.

Subsidized fuel in Iran is seen as an opportunity for smugglers to draw huge benefits. Iran, however, re-imposed using fuel cards and rationed gasoline back in November 2019 that was aimed in part to take the smuggling under control.

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