The Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) has clarified that the hike in the prices of face masks is due to international demand and that a surge in import prices and a growing demand was caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
‘PACP verifies the import prices and checks the customs clearance certificates issued by the Directorate-General of Customs at the Royal Oman Police (ROP) in accordance to the rules,’ PACP said in a statement.
It said that importers are allowed to add up to 15 per cent on the import price and distributors 15 per cent as per the Ministry of Health rules. ‘Any addition on top of that percentage is deemed illegal and invites legal action,’ PACP said.
PACP said that hiking of the price of face masks will be dealt with strictly and urged members of the public to report any instances of hiking of price seen during the pandemic.
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