Traders complain of oil stealing in Uzbekistan routes
Tue Aug 07, 2:30 pm
A number of oil traders say their goods are being stolen before they reach to Hairatan port of Mazar-i-Sharif.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) oil and gas committee head, Muhammad Dawood Yusufzai, providing documents and evidences said that a huge amount of petroleum products that the Afghan traders import from Central Asian countries are being stolen.
He said the government has been made aware of this problem through ACCI officials but so far it has not been addressed.
He added that the theft of oil products has a large impact on the cost of oil prices in the market, and Afghan consumers and businesses suffer as a result.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industries admits the problem, saying the oil products of Afghan traders are being stolen in Uzbekistan before they cross into Afghanistan.
When the freight cars of oil products related to Afghan traders arrive on Uzbekistan’s soil, before they cross the border, 100 tons of each 1,000 tons of oils are being stolen, says Faridullah Sherzai, head of petroleum department of ministry of commerce and industries.
Sherzai urges the problem must be resolved through diplomatic channels.
Before the Afghan traders used to complain of dual policies of neighboring countries in transit of their goods but it is the first time that they have complained of stealing of oil in Uzbekistan.