Today the amendments to Ordinance H-18, which require installation of ESFM and leveling systems, were promulgated in the State Gazette.
Consumers who load fuel from stationary tanks (whether underground or over ground) with a capacity of over 1,000 l or consumption per year over 2,000 l for their own vehicles and own usage, should install ESFM and level measuring system and connect them with the NRA within August 31, 2015.
If the consumption is under 2000 l per year and the tank’s volume is up to 1000 l, the user of the departmental site continues to declare the received fuels just like it was until now. The current regime for users of fuels for heating and production, and those who load from mobile tanks is retained.
Thus, within two months, transport companies, farmers and all other users of departmental stations will have to invest significant resources in order to meet the new requirements. The current changes were promulgated after a six-month saga. The beginning was put with an infarct change in the VAT Law at the end of 2014, on Christmas Day, when the requirements were introduced for the next day.
There were several delays, changes and projects for changes of laws and regulation H-18, accompanied by intensive lobbying of the Bulgarian Petroleum and Gas Association (BPGA), which represented the interests of the big petrol stations chains.
The introduced requirements will not lead to an increase in the collected indirect taxes, neither to lightening of the grey fuel trade. Our view continues to be the same – connection with NRA through ESFM and level gauges will not improve control but it will only load economic operators with unnecessary costs.
Stoil Arnaudkin, CEO