It is highly questionable the fact that our country has to import diesel, gasoline and other liquids since our hydrocarbon industry is failing for the last six years or so… on top of that nightmare our subsidized import is now being smuggled to Peru. That border, where Aymara towns have control of incoming and outgoing contraband, including cocaine precursors is losing control. Those communities are violent, having pushed away military, police and customs officials, the whole region is bordering anarchy and current government does very little to solve this.
Pagina Siete and ANF report:
Diesel that exits illegally cost 376 times more in Peru
The price of diesel in Peru is 376% more than in Bolivia, while the gasoline in the country only costs one quarter, compared to the value in the neighboring territory, according to the national agency of hydrocarbons (ANH).
The liter of diesel costs Bs3.72 in Bolivia, while this fuel in Peru has a value of Bs14 [the exchange rate is Bs6.96 to the dollar]. Then, per liter that comes out of smuggling almost quadruples its the price on the other side of the border, according to a press release from the State entity.
In the case of gasoline, the price in Peru is 400% more than in Bolivia, because the subsidized value is 3.74 bolivianos per liter and when crosses the dividing line, costs Bs15.
On Friday, authorities seized 50 drums of gasoline and diesel that were illegally transported to Peru in a particular vehicle. It is not the first time fuels are seized in operatives at the border.
In the case of liquefied gas (LPG) the difference is 400%, while in country costs Bs22.50, the container of ten kilos, on the border with Peru is Bs90, but passing the dividing line costs much more: Bs120.
To supply the domestic market with three massive consumption fuels, the Bolivian State including imports diesel direct and constantly, while LPG is imported only when it is needed and for petrol, the additives are introduced. [something like our food security was never an issue before this government, Bolivia is following the dark path of Venezuela in the imports of food and now hydrocarbons as well]
The value of imports of fuels increased by 51 per cent, rising from $344.54 to $518.79 million dollars, compared with the first five months of 2011 and 2012, according to the INE [statistics national institute] report.
The Law 100 noted the prohibition of transport of liquid fuels and LPG in vehicles not authorized, nor store the fuel in stores, deposits or unauthorized private homes. The norm, which incorporates Article 226 of the criminal code, establishes that the person that “store or market diesel, petrol or gas liquefied petroleum, without being authorized by the competent authority, shall be punished with deprivation of liberty for between three to six years and the confiscation of assets and instruments for the Commission of the offence”.