The first integrated package of measures to combat fuel smuggling was instituted in 2009, with a key measure being the installation of an input-output system at gas stations, which is still expected…
The first measure to combat fuel smuggling was instituted in 2009, with the decision to install an input-output system at gas stations and subsequently throughout the fuel supply chain and a timetable for completion in 2014. Under pressure from the memorandum, a new law was enacted in 2012 with 14 implementing decisions, some of which are still pending and others that have never been implemented, and another law in 2019 with 18 implementing decisions, which provided, among other things, for the full operation of input-output systems at gas stations and tax warehouses in December 2021 This obligation was transferred to then, then to 2023 and now it is being postponed to 2024. That is, if the system finally succeeds and works, 15 years will have passed since its establishment. Meanwhile, a total of over €200 million has been spent to date on the installation of private input-output systems and the Public Expenditure Programme, and over the same period smugglers have “saved” more than €4 billion.
The input-output system has been installed in all gas stations and tax warehouses, however, there is no possibility of using the digital data to cross-check the data sent. To date, no cross-checking procedure has been established for the information entered by the gas station owner when receiving the fuel. The gas station owners themselves enter the details of the supplier company into the system and there is no way to cross-check the correctness of these details, as the system is not automated. The reason; Because there are backlogs from 2010 and 2012…
What are the backlogs?
1. The publication of the updated decision (KYA Φ2-1617/2010) on the specifications of the input-output systems, which was put up for consultation in May 2022 and has not yet been completed, is pending. The updated Joint Ministerial Decision will institutionalize the process of checking software suitability and checking installers.
2. The issuance of the Joint Ministerial Decision is pending for the start of the six-month test operation of data transmission of the input-output system in the tax warehouses, which was expected in January 2023. All tax warehouses (facilities) are ready, they have also done a test operation, it is expected however, the issuance of the KYA for the start of a trial period for the transmission of the data to the GIS.
3. Decisions are pending for expanding the installation of input-output systems throughout the supply chain and at gas stations, in accordance with the provisions of laws 3784/2009 and 4608/2019.
4. The amendment of the original KYA (48941/3564/16-11-2012) is pending in order to resolve problems arising from its application to the transmission of data from the GPS that the companies have installed on their tankers.
5. As for the GPS systems on floating supply vehicles (barges), while they have been installed on all of them, a decision is pending on the transmission of data to GPS.
Turkey is an example
The same system was installed and operated by neighboring Turkey within a year and a half, with an assignment through an international tender to PwC, which operates it with impressive results in terms of improving smuggling. For the market, the integration of the input-output system in combination with the reinforcement, in potential and means, of the control services for their intensification is an imperative to combat delinquency. Chrysa Liangou Source: Daily
Fuel smuggling – the party goes on