ICCC fines shop owners in ENB

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THE Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has issued 25 infringement notices to shops in East New Britain for overpricing declared items, an official says.
ICCC commissioner and chief executive officer Paulus Ain said all the 25 fines totalled K250,000.
Ain said according to Order 11 of the Pandemic Act 2020 issued last month, shops were not supposed to increase prices of certain declared items to more than 10 per cent of the base price.
“So far, the team managed to cover 33 shops in Kokopo, four shops at Warangoi, three shops at Kerevat and 13 at Kerevat,” he said.
“A total of 53 shops altogether.
“Of these 53 shops, 25 infringement notices have been issued.
“Of the 25 infringement notices, 18 are in Kokopo, two at Kerevat and five in Rabaul.
“On Monday (July 4) and Tuesday (July 5), we will cover the remaining five shops in Kerevat, one in Kokopo and seven in Rabaul.” The declared food items as per the Pandemic Controller’s Price Order 11 included food items like rice, tinned fish, tinned meats, noodles, frozen chicken meat and other items including soaps, sanitisers and medical services.