Houthis plunder fuel imports taxes

Houthis plunder fuel imports taxes

Alsahwa Net- The government accused the Houthis officials of looting taxes revenues collected from fuel imports that arrived Hodeida port during the past two weeks.

The total reported drained money is about YR9 billion (over $16million), according to the government.

This amount was supposed to be channeled into a temporary bank account under supervision of the United Nations (UN) to pay monthly wages of the public servants in the Houthis-held areas.

However, the money was not collected to the proposed account.

The government said that it allowed fuel vessels to enter Hodeida port in October provided that tax money and customs fees be collected to the proposed bank account that will be managed by the UN.

In September 2018, the government started a new tax and customs fees collection mechanism that requires fuel importers to pay taxes to the government’s bank account in Aden before the vessels arrive Hodeida port.

Yet, the Houthis refused the government’s regulation and continued tax collection in Hodeida port amidst suspension of public workers’ monthly payments for the third year in a row.

This dispute on tax collection of Hodeida ports led to long delay of fuel products being intercepted and seized in the Red Sea. The process creates frequent gas shortage in the Houthis-held areas. 

 

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