Ukrainian farmers are concerned about the increase in fuel excise tax and its impact on the cost of agricultural production. The increase in taxation by 2028 will result in additional costs for producers of more than UAH 13 billion annually, so Ukrainian agribusiness will pay five times more than European companies.

In his speech on Suspilne TV, Denys Marchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Agri Council (UAC), emphasized that an increase in fuel excise tax, like any other tax, always has a negative impact on production costs. This increase is related to the process of Ukraine's European integration, in which the country is obliged to adopt directives that bring it closer to European legislation. However, there are important nuances in the fuel excise tax.

"In the European Union, businesses that do not use public roads pay only 50% of the excise duty. Unfortunately, in Ukraine, farmers have already paid much more than their European counterparts," the expert said. According to him, in Eastern European countries, such as Lithuania, Latvia, and Romania, the excise tax of which is no more than 60 EUR per thousand liters, while in Ukraine, businesses have to pay 139 EUR per thousand liters. This makes Ukrainian farmers uncompetitive on the European market.

Denys Marchuk noted “If the excise tax is increased to 330 EUR per thousand liters by 2028, Ukrainian businesses will pay five times more than European companies”. The UAC has already taken the initiative to reduce the excise tax for those who do not use public roads. The relevant amendments to the draft law No. 11256-2, which passed the first reading, have already been registered.

"We understand that funds are needed for defense now, but we demand that the excise tax rate should not exceed 50% after the war is over. This will help businesses and producers to plan their activities better," added the UAC Deputy Chairman.

According to his estimates, from 2024 to 2028, the excise tax increase will result in additional costs for producers of more than UAH 13 billion annually. Starting from 2025, this burden will amount to over UAH 5.5 billion.

Denys Marchuk emphasized that farmers who are working in wartime and suffering significant losses, especially in the grain group, will not be able to withstand such an increase in costs. Therefore, it is important to adopt amendments to the draft law No. 11256-2, which will ensure a reduction in excise duty for agricultural businesses after the ending of the war.

"It is important to take into account that businesses which do not use national roads, mainly agricultural machinery, should not pay more than 50% of the excise tax on fuel," the expert summarized.

As a reminder, the UAC called on MPs to introduce a reduced fuel excise tax rate for farmers in accordance with EU legislation

Wednesday, 3 July 2024


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