Trenton, NJ – Governor Christie today signed Executive Order 115 extending to November 21 an emergency waiver that allows all fuel merchants to buy fuel from out-of-state suppliers, a measure that will help ensure that New Jersey drivers and truckers continue to have the fuel they need to speed recovery from Hurricane Sandy .
“Fuel merchants say the suspension of the licensing requirement has been a powerful tool for boosting gasoline and diesel supplies to the State’s service stations,” Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said. “Continuing this waiver will maintain the rapid progress that New Jersey has made in restoring its fuel network to normal operation.”
This is the second time the waiver has been extended. The original deadline, which was November 7, was extended last week to November 14. When the waiver wasn’t in effect, merchants not licensed to import fuel couldn’t legally buy gasoline and diesel fuel from out of state and import it. The waiver has helped ease storm-related fuel shortages by allowing all merchants temporarily to buy fuel from out of state for their New Jersey customers.
Fuel merchants who buy fuel from out of state who aren’t currently licensed importers must document their purchases and pay required New Jersey taxes. Fuel merchants who import must fill out form MFA-12 available at the following link to register their purchases and calculate taxes: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/other_forms/motorfuel/mfa12.pdf .