The E-commerce giant Amazon has been penalized for not displaying mandatory information, including country of origin, of products sold on its platform. Earlier this month, Consumer Ministry Affairs had issued notices to e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon for not displaying such information.
The government has imposed the penalty of INR 25K on Amazon after its reply to the notice was unsatisfactory., as per the order issued by the ministry on November 19. Flipkart has not been fined, the official said. Meanwhile, the Times Of India reported that the fine amount against Amazon is around INR 75K.
In the notice issued last month, the Consumer Affairs Ministry had said, “It has been brought into notice that some of the e-commerce entities are not displaying the mandatory declaration on digital platforms required under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.”
There have been several meetings held between e-commerce and food delivery firms with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade regarding the addition of the ‘Country of Origin Tag‘ to online product listings. There have been several notices issued by the High court to Amazon and Flipkart on a plea seeking to display all mandatory declarations of the products.