Violation of the Supplies Control Regulation?

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

It has come to the attention of the Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards that some merchants and particularly some distributors of price controlled goods such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene have been prescribing to the practice of implementing control price increase adjustments prior to the effective date announced by the Government of Belize.

Please be informed that this act is an offence under the Supplies Control Act Subsidiary Regulation for Price Controlled Goods and carries a penalty of $ 1,000.00 as well as a charge of $ 200.00 per day for each day an infraction is committed and/or imprisonment for a period of six (6) months. In addition, the SCU can seize goods with respect to subsequent infractions.

In the interest of protecting consumers the SCU strongly discourages businesses from this practice and anticipates their immediate and full cooperation.

In addition, the Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards appeals to consumers to develop the practice of requesting receipts. A receipt is proof of your purchase. Asking for it is the RIGHT of the consumer and the obligation of the merchant to supply it.

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