Customs: Tax Warehouse of Lukoil Bulgaria Non-CompliantEnergy | April 26, 2013, Friday // 18:14| views
Customs Agency head Vanyo Tanov, photo by BGNES
A newly completed inspection of Customs Agency officials at the tax warehouse of fuel retailer Lukoil Bulgaria has indicated noncompliance with the legal requirements.
The customs authority inspected the pipeline from the Burgas-based Lukoil Neftochim refinery to the Iliyantsi petrol base and the petrol bases in Karnobat, Vetren, Stara Zagora, Ihtiman, Plovdiv, and Iliyantsi connected to it.
The probe indicated that the measuring devices at the tax warehouse had not been subject to legal metrological control and were not transmitting real-time information to the database of the Customs Agency.
The check revealed irregularities with the pipe which made it possible to evade the sensors.
The inspectors also found that the measuring devices at the tax warehouse lacked stamps certifying a completed metrological inspection.
The Customs Agency officials concluded that Lukoil Bulgaria had failed to meet the requirements of Ordinance #3 of the Customs Agency and the Tax Warehouses and Excise Duties Act.
The Customs Agency demanded that Lukoil specify a schedule according to which it would achieve compliance with the statutory requirements.
The customs authority informed that the results of the probe had been sent to Lukoil Bulgaria and the Finance Ministry.
On Thursday, Lukoil Bulgaria published the results of an inspection carried out by certification company SGS Bulgaria on Wednesday, stressing that all of the petrol bases in question had been equipped with the mandatory measuring equipment capable of transmitting real-time reports to the database of the Customs Agency.
On April 22, Customs Agency head Vanyo Tanov issued an order for the suspension of the tax warehouse license for the pipeline of Lukoil.
The preliminary execution of the order was stopped by the Sofia Administrative Court, which caused the Customs Agency to come up with a condemnatory media statement, declaring that the law in Bulgaria had bowed to the power of monopoly.
On Thursday, the Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) issued a statement, saying that it would not tolerate cases in which the parties to an unsettled administrative dispute were trying to influence proceeding by out-of-court means.
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