In 2022, Russia will deliver 830,000 tons of petroleum products liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Tajikistan on concessional terms, the Ministry of Energy of Russian Federation said on December 29.  

A totaled will include 260,000 tons of gasoline, 310,000 tons of diesel fuel, 40,000 tons of jet fuel, 30,000 tons of fuel oil, 40,000 tons of bitumen, 100,000 tons of petroleum coke, and 50,000 tons of LNG.

It is to be noted that Russia provides the bulk of Tajikistan’s fuel imports.

Since 2013, more than 90 percent of all petroleum products have been imported into Tajikistan from Russia on concessional terms.

In accordance with amendments made to the government-to-government agreement between Tajikistan and Russia on petroleum product deliveries to Tajikistan, Tajikistan should provide its proposals on formation of the indicative fuel balances to Russia every year until September 5 

Relevant bodies of the two countries should coordinate Tajikistan's internal fuel consumption volumes for the next year and sign indicative balances until October 1.

Besides, Tajikistan should provide information on implementation of indicative balances for nine months and the expected implementation of them during the current calendar year to Russia every year until November 15. 

The sides can change the volumes of provided duty-free petroleum products for the current year until August 20 taking into account the reasonable change of internal consumption in Tajikistan.

Recall, Tajikistan was exempted from paying Russian tariffs on oil and gas exports from 1995-2010 and Russia cancelled Tajikistan’s tax exemption on May 1, 2010 that resulted in gasoline prices rising in the country.

The agreement on duty-free Russian oil product deliveries to Tajikistan was signed between the governments of Russia and Tajikistan in Moscow on February 6, 2013

Under this agreement, the sides consider and endorse the indicative fuel balance for the next calendar before October 1 of each year.  Fuels delivered in addition to the indicative fuel balance will be liable to export duty.

Russian petroleum products delivered to Tajikistan in the volumes not exceeding those agreed on indicative balance are not subject to re-export to the third countries.

According to some sources, Tajikistan’s annual requirements in petroleum products are 830,000 tons, of petroleum products, but actual fuel imports, according to the official statistics, have not reached even 600,000 tons.      

According to data from the Agency for Statistics under the President of Tajikistan, more than US$360 million worth of about 554,000 tons of petroleum products have been delivered to Tajikistan over the first eleven months of this year.  Russia reportedly accounts for approximately 90 percent of Tajikistan’s fuel imports.