29 Nov 2022 15:00

Agreement reached to increase duty-free deliveries of Russian petroleum products to Tajikistan in 2023

DUSHANBE. Nov 29 (Interfax) - Russia will enhance duty-free deliveries of petroleum products to Tajikistan under the indicative balance in 2023, the Tajik Energy Ministry's press center said.

Following their meeting in Moscow, Tajik Deputy Energy and Water Resources Minister Sharif Khudobakhsh and Russian First Deputy Energy Minister Pavel Sorokin signed a document amending the indicative balance of petroleum product imports.

"In accordance with this document, the overall volume of the indicative balance has increased, including the amount of deliveries of automobile gasoline and diesel fuel to the internal market of Tajikistan as compared to last year," the press center said.

The participants in the meeting discussed issues concerning the indicative balances of key types of petroleum products for 2023, it said.

Since 2013, petroleum products have been imported into Tajikistan from Russia on preferential terms (without paying the export customs duty). Under this agreement, the sides endorse the amount of Tajikistan's internal consumption and sign the indicative fuel balance for the next year before October 1 of each year.

The main condition for the duty-free delivery Russian petroleum products to Tajikistan is that Tajikistan must not re-export them to third countries. According to local media outlets, the amount of Russian energy resources delivered to Tajikistan in 2022 was at the level of previous years - 830,000 tonnes. However, the actual amount of Russian petroleum products exported to Tajikistan on such terms in previous years did not exceed 600,000 tonnes.