The alarm cry of gas stations: "The survival of our activities is at stake"

The alarm cry of gas stations: “The survival of our activities is at stake”

The appeal.

Representatives of the category wrote a letter to the oil companies. Mora: «Very high bills and we cannot intervene on fuel prices».

“So we can no longer go on: we need to increase the margin to gas station attendants, without increasing the price of fuel to the public, to prevent them from closing due to energy costs ». THE price increasesespecially with regard to light, are bringing the entrepreneurs who manage the distributors and the trade associations that represent them to their knees – Figisc Confcommercio, Faib Confesercenti and Fegica Cisl – have sent a heartfelt letter jointly with oil companies to ask for an urgent intervention in support of the network. «The increase, from 3 and up to 4, if not 5 times compared to the price for each Kwh paid before the crisis, is accompanied by margins that remain extremely narrow and unchanged – comment the associations -. Thus there is the risk of causing a disruptive mixture for a category that is facing a difficult turning point in its history, after the one caused by the pandemic ».

Exponential increases and contraction in sales

The gas station attendants are in trouble and in great economic sufferingfollowing the exponential increase in the price of electricity necessary to operate the plants, in compliance with contractual commitments. To all this is added one contraction in sales as an effect of the crisis and the reduction in car travel. The increase in operating costs, well beyond the inflation thresholds, pushes petrol stations more and more to reflect on the possibility of continuing their business. “Even though we have revised supply contracts and reduced the lighting to what is strictly necessary, we find ourselves paying very high bills – he comments Renato Mora, president of the group of fuel distributors of Ascom Confcommercio Bergamo -. Unlike other businesses, to honor contracts with companies we cannot act on fuel prices, nor have the flexibility to run a business in economic and autonomous terms. On the other hand, if the agreements make it complex, but not impossible, to intervene on prices to the public, a figure would be raised which, despite the intervention for the reduction of excise duties, continues to be perceived by customers as very high – continues Mora – . Not to mention the fact that the reduction in excise duties and the related heavy burden was entirely financed by the management according to their stocks in the tanks ».

Mockery of the discount on excise duties

In fact, last March the managers found themselves, overnight, with a decree which provided for a discount of 30 cents on excise duties, with full tanks of fuel on which all taxes had been paid. “In a nutshell it translates into one average loss which touches and in some cases exceeds i 10 thousand euros for each plant – Mora points out -. Faced with a situation of particular gravity and a crisis that, to date, no one is able to foresee, we ask in our letter sent to the oil companies for an economic effort that includes a significant intervention in favor of the management, with the aim of stabilize the situation and prevent everyone from taking initiatives to reduce the bad debts of their budget. The goal is to pass the contingent crisis with the least damage without destroying the good that is built day by day with motorists ». Today the survival of the business is at stake «That serve the sector and the mobility of businesses and citizens – conclude the trade associations Figisc Confcommercio, Faib Confesercenti and Fegica Cisl -. If you fail ito intervene quicklythe managers can only find the reasons to avoid the bankruptcy of their business, even overcoming, given the unquestionable force majeure situation, limits and obligations deriving from the framework of the economic agreements undertaken ».

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