Businesses ask to cancel licenses for storage of fuel for own needs in any container for the period of martial law
The periodic absence of electricity, communication, Internet, etc. due to the shelling of the russian federation encourages businesses operating in Ukraine to adapt and look for possible alternatives to continue their work in order to maintain production, service provision, and economic activity.
For example, companies purchase generators, power banks, starlinks, etc. However, their maintenance also requires resources. For example, the key to the operation of generators is fuel. And since generators are of different power, respectively, the amount of fuel required per hour can vary from 3-5 to 10 or more liters. For the most part, businesses use quite powerful generators, so companies are forced to store fuel in cans with a capacity of more than 5 liters.
According to the current legislation, this requires obtaining a license for fuel storage. Unfortunately, the declarative principle for obtaining this type of license is not yet provided by law. Moreover, large enterprises, whose fuel consumption exceeds 1 thousand cubic meters per year, must register an excise warehouse, which means the creation of design documentation, installation of flow meters and equalizers, daily reporting procedures, etc. However, what is worse, all these procedures in the conditions of war will take about a year, and obtaining a license – up to 20 working days. According to Law 481, fines are provided for the absence of a license or failure to register the relevant excise warehouse.
At the same time, under the stressful conditions of blackout and rocket attacks, not all companies managed to obtain the relevant licenses or register excise warehouses.
Therefore, the European Business Association appeals to MPs to develop appropriate amendments to the legislation – to cancel licenses for the storage of fuel for own needs in any container for the period of martial law. Alternatively, the State Tax Service can be informed on a monthly basis about the volume of purchase and use of such fuel. The company shall include all primary documents for the purchase of such fuel in its financial statements, which can be verified during documentary inspections in the future.
We sincerely hope that the voice of business will be heard!