Bulgaria’s customs agency strips Lukoil Bulgarian tax warehouse of its license


2013-04-22

At the order of its director the National Customs Agency has stripped the warehouse holder Lukoil Bulgaria EOOD of its license for managing a tax warehouse of an oil pipeline from Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD to Ilientsi supply bases with the bases related with it Karnobat, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Vetren, Ihtiman and Ilientsi, announced the National Customs Agency.
The decision comes after verification whether the measuring and controlling devices in the tax warehouse complied with the requirements set out in Regulation No 3.
31 March 2013 was the deadline for Lukoil Bulgarian EOOD to make its operation meet the requirements. By then measuring and controlling devices had to be installed at the places where energy products enter and leave the oil pipeline. A week ago the National Customs Agency notified Lukoil Bulgaria EOOD that the devices did not send data to the agency's information system and that there was a discrepancy between the data in the register and the products available in the warehouse. Before that a check of Sofia customs found out that one of the bases of Lukoil Bulgaria EOOD did not have measuring and controlling devices, while the ones in another one were not connected. That's why from 9 to 12 April 2013 customs officers carried out a check in the tax warehouse and established that the sensors in two of the bases did not function. In one of them they also found pipes which made it possible to bypass the sensors. In the other two bases the devices were functioning without sending data to the information system of the National Customs Agency and pipes were found as well. A second check on 18 and 19 April in one of the bases established that the devices did not meet the requirements of the Regulation. Pipes which made it possible to bypass the measuring devices were again found. That's why the National Customs Agency said that the license issued to the warehouse holder has to be cancelled.
An appeal can be lodged against the decision. On 19 April 2013 the National Customs Agency notified Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD that the statement about compliance of the tax warehouse Rosenets oil port with the requirements in the Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses Act was issued on April 11 and the findings were available later. The National Customs Agency told Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD that the deadline for meeting the requirements under Regulation No 3 was 1 June 2012 and notified Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov about the case.