While politicians are discussing the cancellation of the tax-free program, many large companies are in the final process of competing to sell duty-free goods at Norwegian airports. The debate affected the bidding process.
“Avinor’s opinion on the possibility of the tax exemption program being closed?”
This is just one of the many issues that Avinor has been competing with international duty-free companies in recent weeks, competing to bid to operate Norway’s largest duty-free shop.
The tender will last four years from 2023 and is worth 30 billion Norwegian kroner. In other words, it plays a huge value.
What causes uncertainty is the “Norway to 2025” report of the government-appointed committee.
Here, the committee proposes to abolish the tax exemption program, which has been supported by several political parties.
E24 has in-depth knowledge of the dialogue between Avinor and the tenderer, who asked questions anonymously through the tender portal. Several of them raised issues related to compensation, whether the tax exemption scheme should be abolished in the middle of the tender.
Executive Vice President Joachim Lupnaav Johnson is in charge of Avinor’s tender.
-Whether such reports and debates will bring uncertainty during the bidding process?
-This is a very good question, but I think all parties know that there have been ongoing discussions around these topics for many years. Johnson said that we only need to consider the fact that we have the right to manage the tasks that have been given.
-But is the timing of submitting the report a bit bad in the middle of the bidding process?
-Not very advantageous, but it is the case. Director Avinor stated that most of the participants in the tender have already obtained local partners, who can give them in-depth understanding of questions about the case.
-Obviously, it is not fortunate that this debate is coming, it brings uncertainty, said Håkon Fjeld-Hansen.
He represented Christiania Partners and French partners, as well as the tax-free giant Lagardére, who also participated in the bidding process.