Diesel importers fined for not complying with biofuel requirement

February 3, 2018 |

In Portugal, five petrol station operators are charged with not adding the required amount of biofuel required by law to the diesel they import from Spain. When diesel reaches Portugal from Spain, it sometimes has biofuel already in it, but not enough to meet the legally required 7.5% by Portugal. The importers who have not complied with the law are estimated to have resulted in a loss of €48 million (nearly $60 million) in the last three years, €12 million for tax and €36 million for the non-incorporation of biofuel, according to Portugal News. The Portuguese Association of Oil Companies (APETRO) estimates that illegal imports account for 0.2 percent to 0.4 percent of all diesel sold in the country.

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