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Venezuela begins overnight closures of border to deter smuggling
Venezuela begins overnight closures of border to deter smuggling

In a bid to slow, if not stop, the massive flow of contraband fuels and foods to Colombia, the Venezuelan government has begun a nightly closure of all border crossings to its neighboring country. The shutdown of the 1,370-mile border from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. was made official by the government Tuesday, after the border had been shut overnight. The action will affect all ground, air and river travel between the two countries. Venezuela loses an estimated 14% of its gasoline production in contraband sales, mainly to Colombia, but also to Brazil, sources in state-owned PDVSA have told The Times. There is also a thriving black market for smuggled Venezuelan food items including rice, chicken,...

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