President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that his government would extend restrictions already in place on the border between Venezuela and Colombia.
The 2,200 kilometer border is problematic since paramilitary groups and drug traffickers take advantage of the porous areas. Goods produced in Venezuela – cheaper because they are subsidized and regulated – are illegally smuggled into Colombia, leaving some Venezuelans without access to basic foods.
The Venezuelan government calculates that over US$5 billion in oil is lost each year, along with US$2.2 billion in food products.
Restrictions include the prohibition of vehicles or any other transportation carrying merchandise across the border at nights.