Commercial supervision and consumer protection teams of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) launched a raid at a Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh building yesterday, shutting down an illegal market where subsidized supply goods were sold. MoCI’s Assistant Undersecretary for Commercial Supervision and Consumer Protection Affairs Eid Al-Rasheedi led the raid on the building’s basement where a large quantity of subsidized goods were on sale.
Four tons of rice, 134 milk powder cans, 1,200 tomato paste cans, 76 baby milk cans and 116 oil bottles were confiscated from the market inventory. The inspection team also found three sewing machines that were used to sew new bags to pack the subsidized goods in to re-sell them in local markets under other brand names.
Rasheedi underscored the law that states the trade of subsidized goods by reselling or exporting them is illegal and the perpetrator can receive a penalty of a maximum of three months prison and/or the maximum of a KD 225 fine in addition to confiscation of goods and closing down the store for a maximum of six months.