In his morning press conference Tuesday, López Obrador even gave the name of one of the companies whose permits were suspended due to these illicit activities, the transnational corporation Trafigura.
“In these famous foreign companies, it was found that they were transporting contraband fuel and Trafigura’s import permit was suspended,” stated the President.
Last September 21, the Ministry of Energy (Sener) suspended five import permits to import gasoline and derivatives to Trafigura, without detailing the causes of this decision, according to local media reports.
Mexico’s #AMLO said @Trafigura had fuel-import contracts halted because it allegedly transported contraband fuel
Spokesman @JesusRCuevas told @business the global commodity trader is under investigation
Trafigura “strongly denied” wrongdoing@amystillman https://t.co/Cqix0MmuAT
— Nacha Cattan (@nncattan) October 12, 2021
According to a graph shown by the chief executive, an average of 4,300 barrels of oil are diverted to the illicit market in the Latin American nation every day.
“In Hidalgo is where we have the most clandestine pipelines,” said López Obrador about the illicit fuel market through the seizure of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) pipelines, the primary modality of this multi-million dollar activity.