🖈 Standard / 👨 by Shipyaari / 📅 4 January 2018 / 👨 CA Nayan Ratandhayara & Vishal Totla
E-commerce websites: Either abide by the rules or pay a heavy price!
E-commerce sector has considerably evolved far beyond the 90s, the year when the standard greatly prevailed and the usability won. It can still gain much more since the virtual shopping has now matured from infancy to the toddler stage. E-commerce has definitely emerged as the successful medium for selling the products and services.
However, all these perks that e-commerce websites owe to the business owners will crumble if the newly imposed rules and regulations are not followed by them accurately and as per the ethical code of conduct. The points mentioned below are the non-exhaustive long list of certain things that you as an e-commerce business owner would like to include and implement on your website from 1st January in order to be present for business:
The key highlights of the substantive alterations are:
- The terms “e-commerce”, “consumer”, “e-commerce entity”, or “marketplace based model of e-commerce have been defined for the very first time.
- The need to print the maximum sale price in a particular manner specified has been done away with, hence that affords flexibility in printing the MRP.
- Now the name of the origin country or of the manufacturer or the assembly in the case of the imported products have to be mentioned on all the packages.
- The packages that includes commodities, which may turn out to be unfit for human consumption after a certain period of time will have to mandatorily mention the essential dates such as “use the product by the date or best before” on the label of the products.
- Packer, manufacturer, importer is permitted to declare the subsequent declarations on a voluntary basis a) QR Code or Barcode or GTIN.
- Medical devices should comply with the rules of including the obligatory declarations such as dates, MRP, quantity and so on.
- The residual penalty rose up to Rs. 5,000 from the previous amount of Rs. 2,000.
- No declaration on the inner packages are needed if the outer package includes all the declarations that have been made mandatory.
- No packer or manufacturer or importer will be permitted to declare different MRP for the same pre-packaged commodity by taking up restrictive trade practices or any unfair trade means as defined under the clause (c) of the sub-section (1) of the section 2 of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
b) Logos of the government schemes like Swatch Bharat Mission.
c) “E-code” for the net quantity of the commodity and other needed declarations after acquiring the same in the manner that has been specified by the Central Government.
In order to address the multiple complaints as filed by the consumers associated with the inadequacy in quantity and quality and deficient in the details furnished by the business on packages or on the on e-commerce platforms, the alterations have recently been made in Legal Metrology or Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011. The rules stated above have come into effect from 1st January, 2018, which is an indication that the e-commerce sites will have to put into motion all the stated norms in order to ensure that they do not end up paying a huge fine or getting their website off from the virtual platform all together.
Source: News item published at https://www.gadgetsnow.com/tech-news/e-commerce-companies-need-to-follow-this-from-january-1-or-pay-fine/articleshow/62263115.cms