Antitrust watchdog orders customs authority to cancel restrictions on bunkering at seaports

Bunkering, Legal, Politics and Government, Regulatory — By on February 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

FAS RussiaRussian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has issued an order to Central Energy Customs (CEC) to repeal the requirements that prescribed bunker suppliers to perform bunkering operations in Russian seaports only at specific designated oil terminals (if available at the port), a source who attended the FAS committee meeting on the issue told IAA PortNews.

The antitrust watchdog believes that Central Energy Customs’ actions may limit business entities in choosing how and where to supply bunkers to vessels and can be considered as violation of Part 1 Article 15 of the Law on Protection of Competition.

Central Energy Customs (CEC) operates under the direct supervision of the Federal Customs Service of Russia. The CEC has the authority to carry out customs operations and customs control of energy resources (crude oil, gas condensate, natural gas, hard coal, lignite (brown coal), peat, coke, shale oil, electricity) and the products, and of vessels used to transfer the products across the customs border of the Russian Federation.

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