Santo Domingo, March 15, 2016
The General Director of the Directorate General of Customs (DGA), engineer Fernando Fernandez, said Tuesday that the institution will investigate the composition of liquefied petroleum gas consumed in the country to determine if fuel quality caused constant explosions and accidents that have occurred in stations outlets in recent months in the country.
In making the announcement of the investigation of the components of LPG in the Laboratory of Scientific Research Customs, the head of the DGA said that this is to protect the population of repeated accidents propane stations.
The engineer Fernandez also said that Customs is in favor of penalizing the liquefied gas distribution companies that do not meet standards and national law and international standards.
“Through laboratory scientific research Customs, I will do the appropriate investigations to rule out accidents at fuel stations or by any component unusual to have LPG sold in the Dominican Republic,” he said in press press the official.
He said it is the responsibility of the Directorate General of Customs give its scientific opinion on the content and quality of this important fuel, so that once the findings are taken, the appropriate measures to protect the consumer population is taken.
He said that in the DGA “we will be investigating with our instruments scientists and professionals in the field. And we have to say that research is not ruled out nor confirmed anything without the process is over. “
Contraband Fuel detected
In another aspect, the Director General of Customs confirmed that at least 5 companies that market fuels are investigated for fuel smuggling evasion which reaches more than 200 million pesos.
“We have determined that in the last three months has detected evasion of payment of tariffs that exceeded the 200 million pesos by irregular fuel declarations to the authorities of the Directorate General of Customs,” said Fernandez.
He explained that “these companies declared as regular gasoline, for example, before the port authorities, and yet were optimal gasoline, which must pay a higher tariff”.
He said that thanks to scientific tools available to the laboratory of the DGA, “we could detect this type of evasion fuel reaches the Dominican Republic.”
He held several operational departments of the DGA investigate evasion detected in mid-January.