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Thursday, April 17 2014 @ 02:47 AM EDT

Vendors Caught Illegally Selling 25 lb Gas Tanks In Costa Rica

Crime & PunishmentPedro Meilan, the Director of the Consumer and Competition Authority (ACODECO), reported that traders on the border with Costa Rica are smuggling 25 lb tanks of gas, a product that is subsidized by the Government (and selling them on the Costa Rica side). Meilan said during a recent inspection conducted jointly with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry together with officers of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) they were able to detect that five of the thirteen establishments inspected were selling these tanks of subsidized gas. These tanks of gas sell for more than $25 dollars in Costa Rica. The Director of ACODECO Pedro Meilan said both brands of gas tanks are being sold in the area (Panagas and Tropigas). He added that the MICI also found that these facilities did not have the proper licenses to sell these products, and he also said firefighters confirmed the facilities did not meet safety requirements. The officials from the Ministry of Commerce seized the gas tanks. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: The government of Panama spends millions of dollars every year to keep the price of these 25 lb gas tanks artificially low. Of course, the government of Costa Rica is not doing the same thing, so some enterprising "juega vivos" living on the border are selling the full tanks to Costa Ricans, and then taking the empty tanks back in Panama to have them refilled. I saw this interview with Pedro Meilan this morning, and he said there was one woman who owned one of these shops who was screaming about how supposedly the inspections were politically motivated. Well, that means she has probably paid off the local PRD authorities to look the other way, and the national level authorities had to come in to shut it down. These small 25 lb gas tanks are only supposed to be used in residences for cooking - they also bust Panamanian shop owners all the time who use them to cook, to dry clothes in laundries, stuff like that. Abuse of the subsidy. Pedro does a good job, but he needs more people and a bigger budget.

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Vendors Caught Illegally Selling 25 lb Gas Tanks In Costa Rica
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 10 2012 @ 03:06 AM EDT

Tell us something new. They are walking tanks over the bridge at Guabito all day long, right past the police and customs. Maybe only 1-5 tanks an hour but it all adds up.