After blasts kill 4, Customs to probe propane gas components
Santo Domingo.- Customs director Fernando Fernandez revealed Tuesday that the composition of propane gas consumed in the country will be investigated to determine if there is a link with recent fatal blasts in three stations.
The official’s announcement comes just hours after the death of one of the people severely burned in the explosion of the propane gas station Mariot Gas, in Santo Domingo. Four people in three different explosions have died thus far.
He said more than RD$200 million in tax evasions by fuel smugglers have been detected in recent months.
“There will be appropriate laboratory investigations to rule out if the accidents at fuel stations are from any component outside the common propane sold in the Dominican Republic,” Fernandez said.
Scientific and professional instruments will be used to conduct the probe, and “we won’t discarded or confirm anything until the procedure is concluded.”
Fernandez said at least five companies that market fuels are being investigated in connection with products smuggled into the country, evading taxes. “We have determined that evaded payments exceeding 200 million pesos was detected in the last three months with irregular fuel declarations to Customs authorities.”
“For example these companies declared gasoline as regular to the port authorities, and yet it was premium gasoline, which must pay a higher tariff,” Fernandez said.
He said thanks to the scientific tools available to the Customs lab, “we could detect this type of evasion of the fuel that reaches the Dominican Republic.”
Fernandez spoke in a press conference to announce a new website, which helps automatize customs procedures.
March 15, 2016
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