Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC)

Watchdog addresses EFTPOS concern

If the fees charged by the merchant/trader have not been authorised in the first instance by the commercial bank then such fees must not be charged.

This is the response by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) complaints by consumers on some businesses and shops charging clients extra fees for using an EFTPOS.

Non-English labelled products a concern

This comes after the ICCC found an increase in the particular items during an official visit to selected provinces.

One popular product consumed by many Papua New Guineans, the Mi goreng Indomie noodles, has been found to have a counterfeit.

“They look the same, you see the colour exactly the same, except the counterfeit one is written in another language, not English,” says ICCC Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Ain.

“When we went to the shops I asked, can you eat this? If you can’t, why putting it on the shelves? Are Papua New Guineans dogs?

​Locals appeal for ICCC inspection

Residents have raised numerous concerns about the alleged sale of fake Samsung and Huawei phones.

Unsuspecting customers buy the phones, which turn out to be in bad working condition where, for instance, some of the applications fail to work. However, when they try to get a refund, their requests are refused by the shop owners.

This reporter witnessed a customer buy a Samsung J5 for K300, only to discover that the phone was faulty. None of the applications inside were working and the only way to switch it off was to remove the battery.

​Ban on non-English label food products remains

In a media statement, the ICCC said the interim ban imposed on March 31, 2016, is still in force until September 17, 2017.

Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Ain, said they have received reports about certain products that are being sold in the shops with non-English packaging and labels.

He said the ban is applicable to food products and not any other product or merchandise.

The interim ban requires that all food products must have the following minimum labeling requirement in English which include:

Fuel operator prosecuted for overcharging customers

This is the first legal action taken by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) against a fuel station operator.

“For a very long time we have been trying our best to get our fuel station operators to comply with the requirements of ICCC or Price Regulation Act, by not charging consumers above the price set by ICCC,” said Paulus Ain, ICCC chief executive officer.  

“We try our best here at ICCC that the fuel prices charged or set are fair and reasonable, and consumers and businesses can afford.”

ICCC concerned with Telikom, DataCo deal

In a media statement, Commissioner and CEO, Paulus Ain, said the ICCC was worried that the arrangement may raise potential competition issues.

This follows a report in one of the local dailies that Telikom and PNG DataCo had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to make available domestic and international cable capacity to each other on their infrastructure under a normal commercial arrangement.

Further increase to fuel prices

Petrol, diesel and kerosene have all increased yet again, forcing motorists to dig deeper.

The new prices set, as of March 08, will see petrol increase by 1.45 toea per litre (tpl), diesel to go up by 3.25 tpl and kerosene rising by 2.12 tpl.

Petrol price now sits at 324.94 tpl (K3.25), diesel at 265.25 tpl (K2.65) and kerosene at 250.16 tpl.

The ICCC attributed the rise to increases in the Import Parity Price for the month of March, due to continued increase in the crude oil price during February.

Motorists to be hit hard with fuel price hike

With significant increases by over 13 per cent across the board, consumers will be forced to reach deeper.

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission. (ICCC) made te announcement today, as fuels prices rose by double figures.

Petrol recorded the highest price hike with 21.13 toea per litre (tpl), Kerosense coming in second with a rise of 19.65 tpl, and diesel with 16.66 tpl.

This brings the price of petrol to K312.64 tpl (K3.13 per litre), Diesel to 244.58 tpl (K2.45 per litre), and Kerosene to 238.78 tpl (K2.39 per litre).

ICCC proposes to allow Pom-Cairns codeshare

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) intends to approve the arrangement based on the public benefits that are likely to result from the arrangement.

The draft determination of the codeshare arrangement was released by the ICCC on Sept 30, 2016.

ICCC Commissioner and CEO Paulus Ain said the two airlines will codeshare only for passenger services and Qantas will market seats in competition with Air Niugini, on a “free sale” basis.

“The airlines’ application to codeshare was submitted to the ICCC by Air Niugini on 27th July, 2016.”

Inspectors monitor fuel prices in NCD

When announcing the new fuel prices for the month of October, the ICCC says officers will conduct inspections at all service stations on Monday (October 10) to ensure there is compliance.

In a statement, ICCC Chief Executive Officer, Paul Ain, reminds retailers to set their fuel pump prices to one decimal while the ICCC will continue to set the maximum price to two decimal places.

He said, no fuel pump operator can charge above the Indicative Retail Price for the month regardless of the number of decimals