"It is very likely that many padlocks will enter in the near future if the situation does not change", they say gas sellers in Thessaloniki
THE Fuel accuracy and growing uncertainty about rising gas station prices have led to new… methods to fill their tanks and then to disappear with the foot pressed on the accelerator. These practices in connection with the significant decline of his class 30% in fuel consumption, have tightened the noose around the necks of gas stations.
"It hurts more now"
The member of the Association of Petrol Dealers of Thessaloniki (ΕΝΒΕΘ), Γιώργος Γαβριηλίδης τόνισε στο ThessToday.gr ότι το συγκεκριμένο φαινόμενο αποτελεί διαχρονικό πρόβλημα για τους επιχειρηματίες του κλάδου, however, now, as it typically states: "It hurts more". "To have such an incident every day, "We're done". Indicatively, the 100 euros that one can put in one's vehicle in relation to the very low profit we now have, equals one day job and for many even two», reported characteristically.
Mr.. Gavriilidis continuing, pointed out that the practice of "refueling and disappearing" in combination with the consumer drought may lead to chain padlocks, mainly for businesses, which as he emphasizes, "Operate legally".
"THE consumption compared to May 2021 has fallen against 30%. When there was parity and reasonable prices in the other obligations we did not face a particular problem. Now with electricity being expensive, like gas - but also many other basic products- then it reaches our industry in chains. It is very likely that many padlocks will enter in the near future if the situation does not change ", stated the member of ENBETH.
"The industry is bleeding from the fuel smuggling circuits"
The potential impact on the gradual strangulation of the industry according to Mr.. Gavriilidis is also due to a significant extent to fuel smuggling circuits. "A 'clean' gas station which is honest, must fight with the government ceiling, the high costs, while also dealing with smuggling, from which she bleeds and because of her loses clientele. All this we understand that lead at some point to the complete disappearance of several businesses operated by heads of families ", pointed out.
It is characteristic that from time to time the Greek Police has dismantled counterfeit gasoline circuits, where chemical solvents were transported from Bulgaria to Greece through fictitious companies and forged shipping slips, adulterating fuel at service stations. This action complies with Mr.. Gavriilidis puts the specific stores in an advantageous position, as due to the dubious fuel quality they have the potential to significantly reduce the price of gasoline and gas, versus "clean" companies, called to keep upn with the market and soar their price above 2.20 euros per liter.
"The main problem is the gas stations that sell inexplicably cheap. Every consumer can enter the website of the ministry and see the prices of the refinery. If a gas station sells for less than six minutes -according to his profit-, something "smells" », he noted, underlining that "the rest of us are obliged to go to the government ceiling, which causes us another problem in fuel supply, with prices exceeding even 30%. All this is money and expensive ".