Disclosure of ‘Country of origin’ is of utmost importance – Amazon fined Rs. 25,000.

    India’s major e-commerce platform has been fined with Rs. 25000 for not disclosing the manufacturing country of the commodities sold on its platform.

    Flipkart and Amazon had been issued notice last month, by the consumer affairs ministry for not displaying the country of origin of the products. The ministry also asked the states to ensure that the ecommerce platform adhere to the Legal metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

    The penalty has been slapped on Amazon as its reply was unsatisfactory. Flipkart has not been fined yet.

    In October 2020 the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, in a letter addressed to Flipkart & Amazon, asked why haven’t followed guidelines as per Legal metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, mentioning the goods that lacked/ violated the said rule.

    The e-commerce and food delivery agencies have had many meetings with the Consumers Affairs Department and the Department for Promotion of business & Internal Trade (DPIIT), concerning the subject of ‘country of origin’, in the past few months.

    The DPIIT, as directed by the government, had previously mentioned the compliance with the demand by 30th September.

    Previously the Delhi High Court has issued notifications to the e-commerce giants to disclose the country of origin of the goods on their websites.

    ~ Abhishek Roy