By Beatrice Thomas
Traders who rip off consumers will be targeted
Saudi traders will be named and shamed if they are found ripping off consumers under tough new laws aimed at stamping out rogue operators, it was reported.
Ministry of Commerce undersecretary Waleed Abu Khaled said as part of the crackdown the ministry would document consumer complaints and take action against violating traders.
He said there were several clauses in the law relating to “defamation of violators”, though many had not been implemented for some time, the Saudi Gazette reported.
Khaled said the ministry was resorting to this measure in order to put a limit on violations rampant in the local market.
Local media reported that inspection campaigns by the Ministry had found a lack of supervision and soft penalties had encouraged some traders to continue breaking the law.
Two weeks ago, Ministry of Commerce inspection teams discovered that a large electrical appliances factory in Jeddah was putting the label “Made in Saudi Arabia” on equipment it had imported from China and Taiwan.
It found the factory erased the name of the country of origin on more than 88,000 pieces of electrical equipment, including switches and switchboards, and inserted its own logo.