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New law: Fine of up to QR1m and jail up to 3 years in for smuggling illicit oil in Qatar


In bid to crackdown on illicit smuggling of petroleum products in State of Qatar, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday issued Law No. 6 of 2016 to fight against smuggling of petroleum products and illicit transaction realting to it.

As per the new provisions of new law, anyone caught selling, reselling, selling his oil quota or using it for another purpose will face jail term of not more than 3 years and fine not exceeding QR500,000 or either of the two.

As per stipulated decree, Qatar Petroleum inspectors have been given judicial powers approved by the attorney general in agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Industry to seize violation and confirm crimes to the provision of this law.

New Law will not allow sale or resale of these products without licence.


Categories under the law will include all Oil products means all products produced in a refinery by through treating hydrocarbons and related materials including diesel, gas, oil, LPG, benzene, petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, engine oil, lubricants.

The Emir approved amendment of Article 2 and 4 of Cabinet decision No. 26 of 2003 for forming a Permanent Committee for Recruitment from representatives from Ministry of Administrative Development, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Energy and Industry, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Ashghal, Qatar Chamber.

In the month of Jan, Council reviewed the same draft that seeks to combat the smuggling and illegal trade of petroleum products, and it was decided to refer it to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee for further study and then submit a report thereon to the Council.

The decision on new law is effective starting from its date of issue and is to be published in the official gazette.


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