The Ministry Of Commerce has blamed hoarding by retailers for a ‘false’ shortage of sugar, HTS News reported Thursday night.
The TV channel said that over the past week consumers in the South of the Island have been complaining that shop owners are choosing consumers to whom they sell the commodity.
There have also been complaints from consumers in Castries.
“Hoarding means that anyone who has goods in their possession and refuses to sell those goods to persons who are willing to purchase those goods in reasonable quantities, they are in fact committing an offence,” Director of Consumer Affairs Guillaume Simon disclosed.
He cited section 17 of the Distribution and Price Of Goods Act.
Simon was quoted as saying that things will be back to normal within 48 hours.
According to the Director of Consumer Affairs, 10 containers with a total of 5000 bags of sugar were expected here this week with another shipment due the following week.
But he declared that there is no shortage of sugar at this point.
HTS News quoted Simon as saying that disruption at a plant in Guyana and the passage of Hurricane Dorian caused a delay in the regular shipments of the commodity.