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NAPLES, Italy — Esso gas stations throughout Italy will stop accepting NATO gas coupons on Jan. 1.

Under a new contract awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency, only AGIP gas stations will take the coupons next year, according to Bart Di Muccio, the tax-free administrator for the NATO gas coupon program.

AGIP is in the process of converting its gas stations nationwide to ENI, so gas coupons will also be redeemable at any ENI station, he said.

NATO’s status of forces agreement allows the sale of fuel coupons to authorized members free of local country taxes, according to a release by the Aviano-based 31st Fighter Wing.

The coupons are used primarily to buy gas on the economy to help defray the costs, according to the release, and “are not expected to cover leisure activities and vacations.”

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