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Retailers banned from demanding discounts from suppliers of socially important food products in Moldova

The Commission for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Moldova until the end of the state of emergency, that is, the end of April, banned merchants from demanding producers and wholesale suppliers of socially significant goods, including vegetables of the “borscht set” to charge discounts, retrobonuses, tariffs for putting on shelves, promotions, return or disposal etc. Local producers have been seeking this measure of support for a long time. Last year it was formalized as one of the amendments to the Internal Trade Law. However, the amendment was not included in the final version of the document (subsequently adopted by the Parliament).

EastFruit previously reported that the emergency commission introduced maximum allowable trade margins on a number of food products, including fresh potatoes, onions, white cabbage, carrots and beetroots. The mark-up cannot exceed that established for socially significant food commodities (for their various categories – 10-20%). Participants of the country’s food market note that it is much easier to track the retail margin for local products than for imported ones, some of which are supplied to supermarkets through several intermediaries.

In addition, associations of commodity producers are concerned that by decision of the Emergency Commission, food commodities produced and supplied from the European Union are exempted from inspection by the National Agency for Food Safety ANSA during the state of emergency. Whereas local producers-suppliers of these products to retail chains are required to obtain sanitary certificates for each batch.


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