The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission is sounding warning to traders and service providers to comply with the provisions of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 or face the consequences.
This follows three traders being recently fined $11,000 collectively for contravening provisions of the FCCC Act 2010.
Lura Lei Investment Pte Limited of Savusavu was charged by FCCC for failing to mark the maximum retail prices of certain price-controlled goods which is in contravention of Paragraph 9 (b), (1) of the Commerce (Price Control) (Control of Prices for Food Items).
The trader was fined $5,000 by the Court.
Similarly, the Taveuni Meridian Trading Limited was charged by FCCC for failing to mark the maximum retail prices of certain price-controlled items.
The Court fined the trader $1,000.
Guo Brothers Co Pte Limited operating from Raiwaqa was charged by FCCC for selling certain price-controlled items at a price exceeding the maximum retail price for the item.
The trader was convicted and a fine of $5,000 was imposed.
CEO, Joel Abraham says FCCC has been cautioning traders to exercise fair trade practices in order to avoid facing strict enforcement action.
However, during inspections FCCC has been able to ascertain breaches to the FCCC Act 2010 and this will not be condoned.
Abraham added that in ensuring consumer protection and creating a fair marketplace for all Fijians, the FCCC will do what it takes to eliminate unethical business practices and traders need to know that compliance to the law is the way forward.
The FCCC is reminding traders and service providers to be fair in their dealings at all times. Fijians are encouraged to report any unfair trade practices to FCCC.