Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Retailers Warned Against Implementing Price Hikes For Sugar Amid Delayed Shipments

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Retailers of brown and refined sugar in Saint Lucia have been cautioned against selling the commodities above the stipulated price, amid delays in shipments to this country caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Director of the Consumer Affairs Department, Benedict Joseph, explained in a statement on Friday that because of the shipment delays, current sugar supplies are being managed to allow for even distribution to all consumers.

But he disclosed that the Ministry of Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs has received several reports of some businesses selling a pound of brown sugar above the legislated price.

“The Ministry takes this opportunity to remind businesses that the retail price of one pound of brown sugar is one dollar and the retail price of one pound of refined sugar is one dollar and ten cents,” Joseph stated.

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He observed that sugar is a price controlled item which should never be sold above the legislated price.

And  quoting from the Distribution and Price Of Goods Act, Joseph said that selling the item above the controlled price constitutes an offence, making a guilty party liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.

“Consumers are encouraged to be extremely vigilant and report to the Consumer Affairs Department any business which is engaged in selling above the legislated price,” the Deputy Director stated.

He also made an appeal on behalf of the ministry for retailers to continue to manage the sale of sugar to discourage panic buying.

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