UAE Announces New Policy for Price Increase in Consumer Goods

  • Publish date: Thursday، 14 April 2022 Last update: Friday، 15 April 2022
UAE Announces New Policy for Price Increase in Consumer Goods

The UAE’s Ministry of Economy (MoE) has approved a new policy regarding the pricing mechanism for basic consumer goods in the country.

Among items in this group, prior approval is required by the supplier if they desire to raise its price due to the high import costs. The prior approval must be obtained via the Ministry of Economy website through a specifically designated system for this service. The applicants must submit all evidence and data related to the increase in costs and their direct causes. The ministry then will decide on the approval and the percentage of the approved price hike.

The first group consists of more than 11,000 commodities including fresh and dry milk, fresh chicken and eggs, bread, flour, sugar, salt, rice and legumes, cooking oil, mineral water and other items.

The second category, the MoE clarified that there is no need for prior approval if the supplier wishes to increase its prices and these products are subject to supply and demand variations

The second group consists of commodities such as biscuits, chocolates, confectionaries, some cheese products, frozen food, juices and ice cream, tea, coffee, cocoa and its products, wheat, oats, potato chips, household cleaning materials and tools.

The ministry added that price control is an ongoing process, and any unjustified price hike is a violation, which exposes its owner to legal consequences.

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