WILLEMSTAD -The Curaçao government has set a maximum price for fruit and vegetables, to increase the resistance of the population to the coronavirus. For example, kiwis, oranges, tangerines, broccoli, and tomatoes must remain affordable.
That was announced by the Minister of Economic Development Giselle McWilliam on Thursday. A price ceiling has also been set for hygienic products, such as disinfectant wipes and thermometers.
These are latex and silicone gloves, hand disinfectants, disinfectant wipes, and spray, cleaning alcohol (with an alcohol percentage of 70 percent or more) and thermometers. These products have a maximum margin of 15 percent for wholesalers and 25 percent for retailers.
Minister McWilliam has signed the ministerial regulation that sets maximum margins. It takes effect immediately after publication. These are goods that are in great demand worldwide after the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Inspectors from the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) inspectorate must ensure compliance with the new scheme and that wholesalers and retailers do not exceed maximum prices. But MEO also advises residents to keep an eye on things themselves. And violations can be reported via the Whatsapp number 511-1444 of the economic inspection. In that case, MEO asks to send a photo of the product, the price and the name of the company.