After Estonia's diesel fuel excise duty cut, the difference in prices in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian gas stations is nearly nonexistent. Representatives of international road carriers say that companies are not only returning from Latvia and Lithuania but are even reluctant to refuel in Russia, daily Postimees writes. (Link in Estonian)
The excise duty on diesel is 37.2 cents per liter in Estonia and Lithuania and 41.4 cents per liter in Latvia. However, Estonia's supplementary state budget forecast suggests the measure will cost the state €76.6 million.
President of the Association of Estonian International Road Carriers (ERAA) Einar Vallbaum said that Estonian carriers are slowly returning to Estonian filling stations. "Trucks aren't even refueling in Russia anymore as it difficult to secure VAT returns there," Vallbaum said.
Editor: Marcus Turovski