Fuel smuggling at Oshikango – ministry warns of impact

The Ministry of Mines and Energy this week expressed its growing concern over alleged fuel smuggling syndicates active at the Oshikango border. Large quantities of fuel are allegedly smuggled from Angola to Namibia via this border post and resold locally by people not registered as licensed fuel wholesalers or retailers.

“According to the current law, only licensed wholesalers are allowed to import fuel into Namibia and only licensed retailers are allowed to resell fuel”, the ministry explained in a statement.
The ministry further warns that much of the fuel smuggled to Namibia does not meet certain specifications and can be harmful to vehicle and plant engines and machines.
Fuel smuggling also deprives Namibia of tax revenues and fuel levy revenues, the ministry warned. Actions are taken.

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