The quantities of fuel sold in Tunisia on the parallel market is estimated at about 1 million tons per year, said CEO of Total Tunisia Mathieu Langeron, reports StarAfrican on the basis of information from the APA.
The representative of the oil campaign said, however, that the current interim government has stepped up efforts in order to fight against smuggling in general including hydrocarbons, in particular.
In addition, the manager recommended that national authorities opt for the liberalization of prices of this product, noting that Total Tunisia, which will invest around 100 million dinars between 2014 and 2017 in Tunisia, needs visibility regarding the pricing policy in this area, he said.
To recap, the oil smuggling phenomenon is growing especially in the southern regions, at the border, due to lower prices of fuels in Algeria and Libya.
The National Union Chamber of managers and owners of filling stations had announced recently that nearly 50 stations across the country have closed since the beginning of the year because of the phenomenon of smuggling of oil.