The National, Tuesday 02nd April, 2013
I REFER to a letter “Spare parts price hike” by “Consumer” recently.
The writer was concerned that motor vehicle spare parts prices have not fallen as they should have with the appreciation of the kina.
The writer said although it was raised with the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC), no action was taken.
The commission aims to enhance competition in the economy and advance the interests of consumers in securing greater choice in price, quality and service.
With regards to the writer’s concern, the ICCC has a general responsi-bility to look at consumers’ complaints, although its statutory powers in that area are fairly limited.
But the commission has the responsibility under the ICCC Act to prevent anti-competitive conduct, including the collusion between competitors on prices, discounts, allowances, etc.
The ICCC also has responsibilities in relation to conducts such as where a manufacturer, wholesaler or importer requires business to which they supply to sell goods at no less than a prices specified by the supplier.
In the context of the spare parts industry, for instance, a supplier cannot force a wholesaler to sell a spare part at not less than a specific price.
This means the wholesaler cannot tell a retailer that parts supplied must not be sold at less than a specified price.
It means that retailers, wholesalers or suppliers, including importers, manufacturers or industry associations, cannot jointly agree on a price and discount of rebate for a spare part.
The ICCC is conducting an inquiry to ascertain if such conduct occurs in the spare parts industry in PNG.
I would be grateful if the public, including the writer contact the commission if they are aware
of any instances of anti-competitive conduct as outlined above at:
1st Floor Garden City, Angau Drive
P O Box 6394, Boroko
National Capital District, PNG
Tel: 675-325 2144
Fax: 675-323 0052
Toll Free No: 180 3333
Email [email protected] pg
Dr Billy Manoka