The Ministry of Commerce and Industry said it is pleased to inform the business community and the public in general that its regular quarterly inspection exercise will commence on April 24, 2017 and will end May 23, 2017.
In a release issued Wednesday in Monrovia, the objective of the inspection exercise is to provide protection for consumers and to ensure continuous compliance with standard regulations. The inspection will also clarify that products found on the Liberian market are tested by the National Standard Laboratory (NSI) to meet international standards and conform to the General Business Law of Liberia.
“Note that inspectors will conduct field inspections from Monday through Thursday 9am to 3pm only. There will be no inspections on Fridays and the weekends. The four weeks of intensive inspection, guided by the ministry`s General Inspection Guidelines will focus on business registration, general commodity standard inspection and market surveillance and price monitoring,” the release said.
According to the release, the inspection will cover the following businesses to include mini markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, cold storage, convenient stores, electronic stores and water companies.
The Metrology Division at the National Standards Lab will be carrying out the Bureau of Industrial Services Quarterly Gas Station and Weighing Instrument Verification and Inspection at all relevant establishments.
“This process is being carried out to ensure that consumers receive the required quantity of petroleum products and other consumable goods that are purchased by measurement (volume or weight),” the release emphasized.
The ministry, meanwhile, calls on the business community to give full compliance to the inspectors who will be out implementing the inspection regulations. The leadership of the ministry has instructed inspectors and all concerned departments to ensure that the process is extended throughout the rural parts of Liberia to guarantee good health and safety for all Liberian citizens. The senior management team of the Ministry of commerce and Industry remains committed towards creating a vibrant and reliable commercial atmosphere.