Fuel-marking starts Feb.

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    Enforcement. Gasoline, diesel and kerosene will have to be marked before they are distributed to the market.
    Gasoline prices are up. Local gasoline prices have recovered as global prices ended  higher last week due to the decision of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies to implement new record output cuts.

    The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said various agencies are working hand-in-hand to fasttrack the marking of all petroleum products before these are distributed to the market as all gasoline, diesel and kerosene are expected to be marked by February next year.

    The BOC said it is coordinating with the Department of Finance, Bureau of Internal Revenue, fuel marking provider SGS-SICPA and the fuel companies.

    “Enforcement action in February against non-compliant petroleum products and companies will entail corresponding penalties such as seizure of petroleum products, conveyances such as vessels or tank trucks and closure of premises,” the BOC said in a statement yesterday.

    According to the agency, fuel company Unioil underwent initial marking activity at the Unioil Terminal Depot in Mariveles, Bataan on October 22.

    Approximately 53 million liters of gasoil with paid duties and taxes in the total amount of P405.37 million was dosed with the official fuel marker by the fuel marking team, the BOC said.

    The marker was poured into the storage tanks to blend with the petroleum products discharged from the carrying vessel.

    “Other terminals are also ready and set to mark their incoming fuel imports with the installation of satellite offices of the fuel marking provider,” the BOC said.

    “These terminals include Pure Petroleum in Subic, Phoenix Petroleum in Calaca, SL Gas, Petron Limay, Filoil Bataan and Amlan Terminals,” it added.