Venezuela-Colombia push to quell smuggling

In effort to fight smuggling of goods and drug trafficking, the two Latin American countries shuts border for one month.

Last updated: 13 Aug 2014 14:04
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Venezuela and Colombia have started closing their shared border every night for a month, in hopes to curb the smuggling of subsidised food and gasoline to Colombia.

The measure is important because of the dramatic difference in the price of essential goods in both countries.

A litre of gasoline in Venezuela is just under two cents, while in Colombia it costs $1.12.

Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti reports from Cucuta on the Venezuela-Colombia border, where opinions remain divided on the issue.


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