MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Aqena port crude oil businessmen said the Therapeutics Chemical Research Corporation (TCRC) resumed operations in the port after the company shutdown and now charges 7 $ per tonne of imported fuel while laboratory equipment is government owned.
The businessmen called the CFTC’s 7% per tonne charge unfair and called on the government to stop the company from operating.
On May 17, Pajhwok Afghan News published a detailed report citing an increase in the price of tests in violation of the agreement between the CFTC and the government of the day.
A document available with Pajhwok Afghan News shows the test rate of a ton of diesel, gasoline and crude oil dropped from $ 5 to $ 7, soft drink gas, Co2 from $ 2 to $ 5, fuel from aviation $ 6 to $ 8, lubricant $ 4 to $ 6, LPG $ 4 to $ 5.
According to the CFTC, on average, 155,000 tonnes of crude oil is imported into Afghanistan each month, which generates revenues of $ 280,000 for the public treasury and $ 500,000 for the company through quality testing of the crude oil and of imported gas.
The Pajhwok Afghan News reporter visited the port of Aqena and spoke to businessmen who said the CFTC charged $ 7 for a ton of crude oil for testing.
Ing. Abdul Raheem, representative of Arya Europe Air Kanewal Companies, said the TCRC company charges each tonne of imported crude oil $ 7 while businessmen earn no more than $ 10 per tonne.
This company which is said to be a foreign company actually belonged to the mafia of powerful individuals of the old regime.
Businessmen often complained and protested to prevent this business from working, but since the leaders of the previous regime had actions, they took no action. But now the business is still operating even in this regime.
Raheem said the CFTC used government equipment and failed to provide satisfactory service.
“The Islamic Emirate should stop the CFTC from functioning, this unfair profit goes into private pockets instead of going to the public treasury or the price of the test should be reduced to $ 2-3.”
Azizullah of Naseer Umar Company, said: “The CFTC is placed in the port cities by powerful and mafia groups that had strong roots in the previous regime, but businessmen hoped that after the creation of the Emirate Islamic in Afghanistan, the Mafia and powerful individuals will perish, but we can see that they are also powerful in this regime.
Azizullah called on the government to stop the CFTC from functioning and hand over government equipment and facilities to the Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA).
Abdul RazaqSattari, a member of the Union of Petroleum Suppliers (OSU), said that three institutions imposed taxes on businessmen in the port of Aqena, which also caused oil prices to soar on the Marlet.
He indicated that besides ANSA, the Petroleum Authority, another company called TCRC charged the businessmen of the port city.
A credible source provided Pajhwok with information that on October 4e this year, hundreds of tons of gasoline, diesel and liquefied natural gas entered the country through the commercial port of Aqina.
According to the source, 31 tankers and 38 oil and gas wagons, with an average of over 3,200 tons, by Matin Horan, Khorasan Balkh, Afghan Petroleum, Etihad Gas Brothers, Irkin Yul, Yama Petroleum, Turkmen Petroleum, Altai Limited imported from Turkmenistan to Aqina, if the money the CFTC received is calculated, he earns an additional $ 22,000 in one day.
The source added that on October 5e this year, more than 65 tankers entered Aqina.
“The CFTC is a private company whose profits go to the personal account of the mafia. It receives seven dollars per tonne from each company, regardless of the quality and quantity of fuel imported to Islam Qala, Nimroz, Farah and other ports…. Seven dollars is too much money and unacceptable to us, ”wrote a group of companies in a letter of complaint to the Aqina Oil and Liquefied Gas Authority.
“Although the standard of the world and that of neighboring countries is not a dollar, this money goes to the public treasury to strengthen the economy of their country, a technical team is available at the National Authority of Standards and Petroleum Products d ‘Aqina. Analysis and experimentation have already been done. “Therefore, we call on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to solve the problem of businessmen in order to properly provide the necessary services to the people and the country,” the petition states.
Mullah Mohammadullah Yurt Sewar, director of Aqina Petroleum Materials, told Pajhwok that under the previous government, the CFTC forcibly seized the department’s test and laboratory equipment and was operating in parallel with government offices.
He added that he had sufficient documents indicating that all the devices belonged to the government; but they were used by the private company and receive seven dollars as tax for each ton of merchantable oil; While petroleum products charge 0.50 per ton of fuel, all the money obtained by government agencies would go into personal pocket.
He added that the petroleum and standards department had the capacity so that if they were assigned the main tasks and responsibilities, they would test and laboratory petroleum products much better than the CFTC.
According to him, traders currently have fewer imports due to banking problems, however, an average of ten wagons or 600 tons of fuel pass through Aqina daily, but under the previous government the import level reached 100 wagons, therefore the CFTC earned over $ 40,000 per day.
The director of petroleum products of the Aqina commercial port said that after the resumption of CFTC operations, traders officially intervened and called on the government to stop the massive payment of the company or reduce the rate of extortion revised to $ 3. But they have not yet received guidance. of the governor of Faryab and the center.
Maulvi Javed, deputy director of Aqina customs, confirmed that the company operates in the port, receiving $ 7 per tonne of petroleum products for testing and laboratory work, 23% of which goes to the government.
He said the company’s activities were suspended after the Taliban took control of Aqina; but in order to prevent the importation of low-quality petroleum and products, it was necessary for the government leadership to temporarily allow the company to operate.
Pajhwok tried to get the point of view of company officials on complaints from traders and officials of the Petroleum Materials Department; but Farhad Miakhil, a two-person board member of the company, replied, “Those who complain about us are our adversaries; they want to take control of the project themselves. They have been against us in the past, and Pajhwok says they have issued five reports against us so far that we have documents.
The CFTC operates in all ports in Afghanistan.
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