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President of Customs: 1.57m litres of subsidised diesel seized in 2 years from smugglers
30th October, 2010

President of Customs Major-General Basim bin Yacob Al Hamer announced that 15,77,799 litres of subsidised diesel had been seized between 18 December 2008 and 19 September 2010 while being smuggled out of Bahrain.

The diesel was being carried in 62 containers when the racket was busted. It was seized for violating Edict No. 11 of 2007 banning the export of subsidised petroleum products.

President of Customs Major-General Basim bin Yacob Al Hamer announced that 15,77,799 litres of subsidised diesel had been seized between 18 December 2008 and 19 September 2010 while being smuggled out of Bahrain.

The diesel was being carried in 62 containers when the racket was busted. It was seized for violating Edict No. 11 of 2007 banning the export of subsidised petroleum products.

Major-General Al Hamer said that some tankers were also intercepted recently while trying to supply tugboats with around 38,000 litres of subsidised diesel along the jetty of a company located in the industrial area on the northern side of Sitra.

He said that legal was being taken to refer the case to the Public Prosecutor and affirmed that the Customs Affairs stood on the frontline to combat smuggling of subsidised petroleum products through the sea. He said that those products, meant for local consumption, were being smuggled out under bogus customs statements so as to circumvent customs procedures.

The President of Customs said the figures gave indisputable evidence of the efforts made by the customs staff to foil all smuggling attempts by adopting a studied approach to check such activities. He said that procedures were being put in place to regularly inspect industrial plots near seafronts, to ensure a daily follow-up by customs officers and to briefing and implementation of relevant administrative decisions issued by other organisations. He said that such an approach had increased awareness among the customs staff about the importance of their role in protecting national gains.

The Customs Affairs was made part of the Ministry of Interior by Royal Decree No. 55 for 2008. Article 3 of Edict No 11 for 2006 on banning the export of subsidised petroleum products states: “The General Directorate of Customs, in cooperation with the National Oil and Gas Authority and other bodies concerned, should check the trafficking of subsidised petroleum products according to the rules of the unified customs law.” Article 4 of the same edicts states: “All foiled attempts of trafficking of subsidised petroleum products should be registered and all suspects should be referred to legal bodies for violating the unified customs law.”

Major-General Al Hamer said that some tankers were also intercepted recently while trying to supply tugboats with around 38,000 litres of subsidised diesel along the jetty of a company located in the industrial area on the northern side of Sitra.

He said that legal was being taken to refer the case to the Public Prosecutor and affirmed that the Customs Affairs stood on the frontline to combat smuggling of subsidised petroleum products through the sea. He said that those products, meant for local consumption, were being smuggled out under bogus customs statements so as to circumvent customs procedures.

The President of Customs said the figures gave indisputable evidence of the efforts made by the customs staff to foil all smuggling attempts by adopting a studied approach to check such activities. He said that procedures were being put in place to regularly inspect industrial plots near seafronts, to ensure a daily follow-up by customs officers and to briefing and implementation of relevant administrative decisions issued by other organisations. He said that such an approach had increased awareness among the customs staff about the importance of their role in protecting national gains.

The Customs Affairs was made part of the Ministry of Interior by Royal Decree No. 55 for 2008. Article 3 of Edict No 11 for 2006 on banning the export of subsidised petroleum products states: “The General Directorate of Customs, in cooperation with the National Oil and Gas Authority and other bodies concerned, should check the trafficking of subsidised petroleum products according to the rules of the unified customs law.” Article 4 of the same edicts states: “All foiled attempts of trafficking of subsidised petroleum products should be registered and all suspects should be referred to legal bodies for violating the unified customs law.”