Despite the Venezuelan government embracing cryptocurrency with open arms – even launching their own oil-backed Petro cryptocurrency in an effort to solve the country’s economic crisis – according to a new report from local Venezuelan media, the country has taken a stand against cryptocurrency mining, outright banning related computer equipment from entering the country.
The report states that the Venezuelan government made a policy change at the end of April that restricts computer equipment such as GPUs or ASIC miners. Customs authorities have been seizing related devices received by air and sea since the change went into effect.
Shipping companies such as Liberty Express and DHL, who ship these mining devices to Venezuela on behalf of their customers, have either updated their pages on restricted products entering Venezuela to include mining equipment or have sent out notices to their customers notifying them of the changes to avoid any inconveniences they may experience as a result of the policy change.
The policy change has already gone into effect, but only on a temporary basis until officials from the National Association of Cryptocurrencies meet with the Superintendence of Cryptoactives and Related Venezuelan Activities to address the issue next week.
Weeks ago, Superintendent Carlos Vargas indicated that the country was evaluating authorizing companies to import digital mining equipment to sell in Venezuela:
“We are in an evaluation process to select and authorize companies that are qualified to import and market digital mining equipment and be responsible for the respective guarantees in our country.”
Vargas warned individuals mining cryptocurrency to be “prudent at the moment of acquiring the equipment since until now no company has been endorsed or certified,” by Venezuelan regulators.
Considering Vargas’ statement, the ban appears to be temporary until the government finalizes authorizing company’s to begin importing mining equipment for resale in Venezuela.