The Venezuelan government implanted a gasoline rationing chip in vehicles in the states of Tachira and Zulia, in the border with Colombia, to combat smuggling from Venezuela, a country with the world's cheapest fuel. But, a few meters from the border, on the Colombian side, the illegal “transfusion” between vehicles is still in the agenda. – Photos by AFP

Smuggling is extremely common in Zulia, an opposition stronghold next to the Colombian border, which happens to also be the birthplace of Venezuela
Smuggling is extremely common in Zulia, an opposition stronghold next to the Colombian border, which happens to also be the birthplace of Venezuela's oil industry.
A man extracts gasoline from a Venezuelan car in Cucuta, Colombia, at the border with Venezuela. The government is pushing ahead with the unpopular measure in an attempt to end a business that experts say is more profitable than drug-trafficking
A man extracts gasoline from a Venezuelan car in Cucuta, Colombia, at the border with Venezuela. The government is pushing ahead with the unpopular measure in an attempt to end a business that experts say is more profitable than drug-trafficking
Venezuela imports increasing amounts of petrol from the US, as output at its own refineries declines due to a lack of investment.
Venezuela imports increasing amounts of petrol from the US, as output at its own refineries declines due to a lack of investment.
A close up of a gasoline rationing chip on a car in San Cristobal, Tachira state, Venezuela.
A close up of a gasoline rationing chip on a car in San Cristobal, Tachira state, Venezuela.
A man extracts gasoline from a Venezuelan car in Cucuta, Colombia, at the border with Venezuela. The Venezuelan government implanted a gasoline rationing chip in vehicles in the states of Tachira and Zulia, in the border with Colombia, to combat smuggling from Venezuela, a country with the world
A man extracts gasoline from a Venezuelan car in Cucuta, Colombia, at the border with Venezuela. The Venezuelan government implanted a gasoline rationing chip in vehicles in the states of Tachira and Zulia, in the border with Colombia, to combat smuggling from Venezuela, a country with the world's cheapest fuel.
The way the government is doing it is by installing a chip on each vehicle. The idea is to put a maximum weekly limit on the number of liters each car can purchase.
The way the government is doing it is by installing a chip on each vehicle. The idea is to put a maximum weekly limit on the number of liters each car can purchase.
A ?pinpinero? man selling smuggled gasoline, waits for clients near a highway in Cucuta, Colombia, on its border with Venezuela. According to the latest report from UK website, a liter of gasoline in Venezuela costs about eight pennies.
A ?pinpinero? man selling smuggled gasoline, waits for clients near a highway in Cucuta, Colombia, on its border with Venezuela. According to the latest report from UK website, a liter of gasoline in Venezuela costs about eight pennies.

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Syed
Aug 25, 2012 10:21pm
cheap fuel means compromise on many things, safety to start with, it will be worth to mention the blast in the largest refinery in venezuela yesterday which killed 29, ppl living in Al Ain, UAE are also well aware of cheap fuel trade between the border of Al Ain and Buraimi, but it's not done openly cause it's not legal.