Turkeys lubricant companies and their base oil suppliers were disappointed by the inconclusive outcome of the countrys parliamentary elections last week. The introduction last year of complex regulations designed to stop the illegal adulteration of automotive fuel has imposed significant cost and complexity on the lubes sector, and the election results makes it unlikely the rules will be changed soon.
The countrys lubricant industry has complained since January 2014 when the government introduced measures aimed at stopping fuel adulteration. Before then, some automotive fuel suppliers had been mixing petroleum with base oil, trying to take advantage of the different import duty rates applied to different petroleum products.
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