Oil Theft

Information and statistics about oil theft and oil smuggling. Data about the black market in stolen petroleum is collected from published intelligence reports, security agencies and other public information sources.

Oil smuggling in Pakistan leads to annual losses of $66 Million (5 to 6 Billion Pakistani Rupees).

Source:  “Govt losses Rs5-6 billion annually as sale of Iranian petrol in Pakistan soars,” Pak Tribune, December 11, 2006.

Losses from the smuggling of red diesel in the United Kingdom is estimated to be about 350 Million Pounds ($560 Million US).

Source: John Baker, “Crackdown on red diesel,” Spalding Today,October 25, 2007.

Gas and oil smuggling in Kuwait leads to $2.5 Million of diesel a day, or $912.5 Million a year, to be smuggled into Iraq from Kuwait.

Source: “Kuwait MP calls to question Oil Minister over fuel smuggling to Iraq,” Alsumaria, September 30, 2009.


Gas smuggling in Iran leads to 17 percent of the country’s total fuel production, or 40 million liters (10.6 million gallons), to be smuggled out of Iran every day.

Source: “’17 percent of daily fuel production smuggled abroad’,” Press TV, September 26, 2009.

Gas and oil smuggling in the Philippines leads to $682 Million (32.5 Billion Philippine Pesos) in tax revenue losses.

Up to 30 to 35 percent of all gasoline and diesel sold in the Philippines is sold as the result of gas and oil smuggling.

Source: Amy R. Remo, “Gov’t urged to curb oil smuggling,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 20, 2009.

Gas smuggling in Bulgaria causes losses of more than $977 Million (1.3 Billion Lev) annually.

Source:  Katerina Ivanova, “Bulgaria Loses BGN 1,3 bn over Fuel Contraband,”Standart, September 18, 2009.

Oil smuggling in Mexico lead to $700 Million in loses for state-run oil company Pemex in 2008.

Source: Robert Campbell, “U.S. case highlights Mexico’s rampant oil theft,” Reuters, August 12, 2009.

Gas smuggling in Northern Ireland was responsible for up to a quarter of the regular gasoline sold in 2008. Half of the diesel sold was all illegally smuggled on the black market in Northern Ireland.

Source:  Allegra Stratton, “Smuggling of alcohol and tobacco into UK costing £5.5bn,” Guardian, December 27, 2009.

Oil smuggling and theft in Nigeria creates losses of up to $1.5 Billion a year.


Fuel smuggling and the avoidance of taxes causes losses of an estimated $10 Billion a year to state and federal government n the United States.