Latam, Gol and Azul go to Guedes to complain about fuel prices and ask for tax relief

The sector sees a second of fragility whereas nonetheless making an attempt to recuperate from the pandemic disaster

Fábio Pupo
Brasilia DF

Minister Paulo Guedes (Economy) receives this Monday (11) the presidents of the airways Latam, Gol, Azul and Passaredo. The firms need to present the pinnacle of the financial group their concern with the worth of aviation kerosene and take the chance to ask for tax relief from the sector.

According to the businesses, fuel had already risen 76% in 2021 and now accounts for 50% of prices (as a substitute of the normal 30%) amid the warfare in Ukraine and the ensuing hovering oil worth.

The firms declare that the state of affairs generated a lack of R$ 16.5 billion final 12 months for the sector and has led to a rise in ticket prices and the reprogramming of airline networks. The sector sees a second of fragility whereas nonetheless making an attempt to recuperate from the pandemic disaster.

At least a part of the rising values ​​are to blame for competitors issues within the fuel market, within the view of the sector – which can be scheduled to meet with the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL).

Specifically, the businesses complain about what they name Petrobras’ monopoly, oligopoly within the distribution chain, lack of transparency in fuel pricing and the oil firm’s worldwide parity coverage.

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The costs and taxes utilized to the sector are additionally the topic of orders. Executives need a tax refinancing program (Refis) for the sector, or not less than a deferral of air site visitors management charges.


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In addition, they ask for relief measures associated to payroll taxation, hazardous work premium, Cofins utilized to imports, state ICMS (Tax on the Circulation of Goods and Services) and earnings tax on plane leasing.

In the case of complaints about Petrobras, the assembly of the businesses with the authorities this week provides to a motion already made at Cade (Administrative Council for Economic Defense).

As proven within the Panel SA column, final month the businesses took to the antitrust company, by associations, complaints about Petrobras within the course of that investigates potential violations of the financial order by the oil firm.

The goal of the request introduced to Cade is to make the antitrust physique embody aviation kerosene within the investigation opened in January about the readjustments or open a brand new investigation.


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The declare at CADE was opened by associations equivalent to Abear (Brazilian Association of Airlines) and Iata (International Air Transport Association). In quick, they defend the necessity for elevated competitors in fuels.

“There is a de facto monopoly on the manufacturing and import of QAV [querosene de aviação] by Petrobras, [que atua] as an virtually unique provider of the QAV within the nation”, affirm the associations within the petition to CADE.

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The associations additionally declare that Petrobras makes small worth fluctuations, charging extra when there isn’t a menace of competitors and much less when it notices different firms’ intentions to import. This is as a result of rivals would essentially have to use Petrobras’ logistics infrastructure for imports, giving the oil firm the power to monitor the market.

In addition, the airways say that the sale of refineries – in accordance to Cade – is not going to clear up the issues as a result of Petrobras would nonetheless be the one producer in essentially the most related markets.


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This week, the businesses intend to ask the Ministry of Economy to create a everlasting dialogue desk between the federal government and the sector, to focus on options to the issues identified.

The Ministry of Economy doesn’t see any objections to the creation of this communication channel and members of the ministry agree with the content material of not less than a part of the demonstrations about Petrobras – since members of the ministry have spoken in a reserved means that the oil firm’s worth coverage, though can’t be modified, is questionable. In addition, they’ve an initiative by Cade.

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The measures of tax cuts, in flip, are already seen with extra reticence in Guedes’s portfolio.


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There shouldn’t be a lot scope for new initiatives within the IR (Income Tax) on plane leasing, for instance, because it has already had its resolution for a interval of 5 years despatched by MP (Provisional Measure) printed on December 31, 2021 – and which continues to be pending in Congress.


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The MP lowered the earnings tax on operations to zero till the tip of 2023 and established a staggered improve thereafter to 1% in 2024, 2% in 2025 and 3% in 2026. MPs have fast power of legislation, however want to be endorsed by Congress inside 4 months to turn into definitive – in any other case, they’re now not legitimate (on this case, the speed could be raised to 15%).

Sought, Latam strengthened the difficulties by saying that the state of affairs postponed the launch of routes and raised the worth of tickets and companies by up to 30%. The firm says it “stays attentive to exterior vulnerability due to the warfare in Ukraine, which straight impacts the worth of oil”.
Gol, Azul and Petrobras didn’t ship statements till the publication of this textual content.

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