The Ministry of Commerce is carrying out a series of strict inspections on alcohol and cigarette salesmen.
After last weekend’s tax increase in an effort to protect consumers from overpaying.
Sontirat Sontijirawong led an operation comprising of members of the Department of Internal Trade to various wholesalers and retailers across Nonthaburi province to check the prices that alcohol and cigarettes were being sold at.
Sontirat said that there were reports of stores closing prior to the September 16 tax increase leading authorities to suspect that stores were trying to keep their stock to sell at a higher mark-up.
The operation has prompted the Commerce Ministry to start a nationwide operation to check the prices alcohol and tobacco are being sold at.
Those selling alcohol for inflated prices could be subject to a prison sentence of up to seven years and a fine of 140,000 baht.
The public has been urged to report any instances of suspicious pricing to the authorities.
Source : Thairath
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