Tajikistan Struggling With Cost of Imports

Compared to 2022, Tajikistan imported 164,200 tons more oil products in 2023, an increase of 11.6%, Safarali Qurbanzoda, the Anti-Monopoly Service’s first deputy head has announced.

“According to the customs office, in 2023, 1,413,000 tons of oil products worth $892 million were imported into the republic with an average price of $631 dollars per ton. More precisely, 436,500 tons of diesel fuel, 348,100 tons of gasoline, 411,000 tons of liquefied gas and 218,000 tons of petroleum products were imported,” he stated at a press conference. Qurbanzoda added that 25.9 % of these products came from Kazakhstan, and 0.7 % from Russia, with the cost of purchases increasing by 20%.

Prices at gas stations in Tajikistan also increased throughout 2023. Buses in Khojand, the second-most populous city, were stopped in October 2023 because of a sharp spike in the cost of diesel fuel, according to a report from the regional portal, SugdNews. The anti-monopoly agency attributed the rise in domestic fuel prices to “increased prices in exporting countries.”