Because of host nation tax laws, some items are rationed in the Commissaries and Exchanges.
Gasoline is a big one. Other rationed items include cigarettes, distilled liquor,
and coffee. You will be issued a ration card. You will need your ID card to obtain the
ration card and must present the ration card and ID card anytime you buy a rationed item.
Separate cards are issued for each adult family member authorized privileges and should be more
than adequate for your needs. DO NOT abuse the privilege. Using your ration card to purchase
items for someone not authorized privileges, except as a bona fide gift, is a violation of both military
regulations and host nation tax laws. A result of abuse may be loss of privileges, fines, and disciplinary action.
Gasoline is VERY expensive on the economy. The NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) allows the sale
of fuel to authorized members of the NATO forces free of local country taxes, on a controlled basis.
When your register your vehicle, you will receive a certificate which conveys your gasoline allowance and is
used as your ration document for gasoline.