The Tax Authority (SAT) reported smuggling more than 102 million barrels (19 thousand and 78 million liters) of fuels (gasoline and diesel) to be sold at gas stations and service stations in the country.
The agency responsible for Raquel Buenrostro Sanchez revealed that “the volume of smuggling is estimated at 102 million barrels by 2021, equivalent to 27% of legitimate fuel sales and 41% of legitimate fuel imports.”
As of 2012, a structural change has been observed in the fuel market, in which there has been a decrease in the legal sale of fuel compared to what was expected from economic growth, explains the body responsible for combating smuggling and crimes of evasion and evasion. .
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According to the 2019 Petroleum Statistical Manual of the Ministry of Energy, the estimated real demand for 2021 will be 1.3 million barrels (or 206 million 683 thousand liters) per day of gasoline and diesel, i.e. 477.7 million barrels (or 75 thousand 948). million liters) during the entire period.
He pointed out that “the legitimate supply of fuel, consisting of Pemex’s production and imports, amounted to 375.7 million barrels (59,731 million liters) of gasoline and diesel.”
Between 2018 and 2021, estimated fuel smuggling increased 122.7%, going from 45.8 million barrels (or 7,281 million liters) to 102 million barrels (of gasoline and diesel) annually, the agency said in a tax and management report for the fourth quarter of 2021. .
“In 2020, a temporary decline was observed as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic. But without the impact of this, it is estimated at 89.6 million barrels.”
At the end of November 2021, Raquel Buenrostro, president of the SAT, said they had a plan to combat tax evasion and tax avoidance in Mexico, as one in every 3 liters of gasoline and diesel was smuggled into Mexico.
“The big attack on the informal activity in Montenegro will not be in Guerrero and it will not be with the simplified trust system, but the big informality comes with the bill of lading and transport control,” Buenrostro Sanchez said.
“The big informal companies we see now are smuggled: one in every 3 liters of gasoline and diesel is smuggled in Mexico,” said the former director general of management at the Tourism Ministry.
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The agency in charge of tax collection noted that since 2020, there has been an increase in lubricant imports without any support for economic activity.
“These products are not subject to the payment of the Special Tax on Production and Services (IEPS), so they are used as a means of evading the introduction of hydrocarbons through land customs,” he said.
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