ADB Review of Fuel Marking Programs

National fuel tax and subsidy programs implemented by countries often create incentives for smuggling, adulteration and dilution of fuels, as well as outright theft. This Asian Development Bank’s Governance Brief reviews the issue and the use of fuel marking programs to interrupt the illicit trade of refined fuels. Case studies of programs in Ghana and Serbia are provided as successful examples of the impact that fuel marking programs can have on government revenues as well as – and equally important – combatting the effects of poor fuel quality on consumer’s vehicles and the environment.

This article was first published by the Asian Development Bank (