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According to the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, the share of counterfeit fuel on the Russian market over the past five years has decreased from 20 percent to four. TASS, citing Manturov, reports that the number of counterfeit products has decreased, partly due to stricter control by Rosstandart, which conducts inspections at gas stations.

Today in Russia there are no separate rules for the sale of fuel outside of stationary gas stations, while this format of trade “is in demand in hard-to-reach territories,” noted the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. During a meeting of the state anti-counterfeiting commission, a proposal was put forward to make changes to the regulation of gasoline sales through mobile and container gas stations. Special places may be allocated for them where the sale of fuel in this format will be allowed.

Several years ago, in 2019, Rosstandart called diesel the most falsified fuel in Russia. At that time, the share of the surrogate reached 15 percent. Most often, motorists were faced with the fact that, under the guise of diesel fuel, they were sold heating oil or low-viscosity marine fuel, which has a high sulfur content. As for gasoline, the share of surrogate is much smaller – in 2019 it amounted to 3.5 percent.

In general, the share of low-quality fuel at that time was estimated at 8.8 percent of the total volume, which corresponds to six million tons. In 2020, the share of surrogates was 7.8 percent, and in 2021 for the first time dropped below five percent, to 4.9 percent. In 2023, this figure dropped to four percent.

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