The U.S. Customs service
has moved to shut down tax-free fuel sales at U.S. borders. Duty-free shops
will no longer be allowed to undercut their competitors by selling the lower-priced
Since August 2000, a
millionaire who owns the busiest border crossing in the United States has
sold diesel and gasoline without collecting federal taxes, forcing at least
one nearby truckstop out of business and leaving other retailers fighting
to survive, according to NATSO, a group representing U.S. truckstops and travel
plazas. The Ambassador Bridge duty-free shop has undercut competing fuel stations
by as much as 15 cents per gallon.
U.S. Customs announced
last month it would revoke a Detroit Port Director letter sent to Ambassador
Bridge Owner Ammex Inc. in September 2000, which allowed the firm to expand
its duty-free operations to include diesel and gasoline.