Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022. 5:10 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) issued a warning for Belizeans to be vigilant as some businesses may begin price gouging due to the incoming Tropical Storm Lisa.
The BBS said that price gouging is a common practice for unscrupulous businesses during and after a natural disaster.
“Consumers are, therefore, reminded of the importance of saving receipt(s) as proof of purchase which can serve as a basis to formally report any contraventions encountered in the marketplace,” the BBS said.
The Bureau also warned businesses that it is an offense to sell price-controlled goods above the maximum permissible price ceiling, and said that it would be working with relevant authorities to ensure that consumers are protected during this time.
Those wishing to report instances of price gouging can report it by calling the BBS Consumer Protection Hotline at 0-800-283-5587 or via email at bbs.ebt.net or directly to the Supplies Control Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise at telephone number 822-2648.
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