Thai shopkeepers face prison and fine for overpricing basic necessities

Minister Jurin Laksanawisit warned shopkeepers that if they are caught overcharging for any vital goods during the crisis, they will go to jail.

The Thai Commerce Ministry’s Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has set up a special 1569 nationwide hotline for people to file complaints if they are charged unusually high prices for necessities.

Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said they want to ease people’s burden, especially those already suffering from floods and has instructed all provincial commerce offices to monitor prices closely and take action if shopkeepers are caught making excessive profits.

He warned that shopkeepers can face 7 years in prison and/or a fine of 140,000 baht if they take undue advantage of consumers, especially in areas hit by natural disasters.

Mr. Jurin said, apart from making necessities available at affordable prices, the Commerce Ministry will also ensure that people have access to other necessary products, like tools, cleaning and building equipment to repair their homes once the floods recede. (NNT)