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Police caught contraband fuel in the eastern Ethiopian town of Jijiga

The recently growing role of contrabandists is continuing to hamper the progress of revenue collection of the country. According to information obtained from the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA), coffee, livestock, cereals of various types, animal skins, fuel, and others goods are smuggled out of the country. This week police has caught contraband fuel in the eastern Ethiopian town of Jijiga. Communication director of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority, Ato Addisu Yirega told Mereja TV that two oil trucks were caught smuggling fuel out of the country. Ethiopia imports 1 billion worth of fuel from Sudan. Still, fuel has been a scarcity across the country. It is known that the capital city Addis Ababa has been hit with a shortage of fuel for the past few weeks and long queues at gas stations are common.