US Chamber of Commerce urges Ukraine's govt to reconsider terms of lockdown

Source : 112 Ukraine

A ban on certain goods is a restriction of consumer rights which can lead to conflicts in stores
14:00, 1 January 2021

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The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (AmCham) called on the Cabinet of Ministers to reconsider the terms of the January lockdown due to restrictions on consumer rights and possible conflicts. The corresponding statement was posted on the website of the chamber.

The AmCham draws attention to the fact that from January 8, even in supermarkets, it will be prohibited to sell a significant portion of consumer goods: household chemicals and tools, clothing, presses, light bulbs, batteries, children’s products for study.

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In order to restrict visitors’ access to prohibited goods, according to the government’s decision, supermarkets will be forced to close certain departments or ban the sale of such goods directly at the checkout.

It is noted that the member companies of the Chamber believe that such a decision is not only a direct restriction of consumers’ rights to purchase the necessary products, but also could potentially lead to conflicts in stores.

It is noted that the Chamber appealed to the government to reconsider the text of the resolution.

“The version proposed by the business community allows the work of economic entities that sell goods in retail space, at least 60% of which are intended for trade in food, medicines, medical devices, hygiene products and household chemicals, communications, veterinary drugs, feed, seeds, plant protection products, without restricting visitors’ access to other goods," the statement informs.

The chamber addressed the government with proposals in December, but according to the release, there has been no response yet.

From January 8 to January 24, Ukraine will introduce enhanced quarantine restrictions. The corresponding decision was made during a government meeting.

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