Daily control of primary products prices by the DEACI

ORANJESTAD - The Minister of Economic Affairs, Communication and Sustainable Development, Mr. Geoffrey Wever, informs that the inspectors of the Department of Economic Affairs, Industry and Trade (DEACI) control the prices of products in the basic basket in all supermarkets and mini-markets around Aruba daily.

Price controlsThis daily price check is necessary to guarantee that there is no price abuse of products regulated by the Minister of Economic Affairs (basic basket). During these checks, it is possible to detect some primary goods that do not meet the fixed prices, although it is uncommon. As soon as the inspectors observe price irregularities, they instruct the supermarket or mini-market owner to correct these prices according to the law.

Price controlsThe determination of maximum prices are regulated in the law “Prijzenverordening AB 1991 no. GT17”. The price ordinance gives the Minister of Economic Affairs the authority to determine the maximum price of various products if the prices set by the businesses affect the public interest.

Given the rise in international prices for various consumer products and the difficult financial situation of citizens, Minister Wever recently expanded the basic basket. The basic basket currently contains the following products:

  • rice;
  • pasta / spaghetti;
  • oatmeal;
  • cornflakes;
  • flour;
  • tea;
  • coffee (powdered coffee);
  • baby food;
  • milk powder;
  • cooking oil (salad oil);
  • canned milk;
  • milk stored in tetra packs or bottles;
  • potatoes;
  • legumes (including beans and peas) whether or not in airtight packaging;
  • meat, dried, salted or smoked, prepared or preserved in cans, cans or other airtight containers;
  • fish, frozen, prepared, or preserved in cans, cans, or other airtight containers;
  • vegetables, frozen, prepared, or preserved in cans, cans, or other airtight containers;
  • fruits, frozen or dried;
  • peanut butter;
  • medicines (medicines);
  • chicken eggs;
  • chicken, frozen and/ or chilled, whole or in pieces;
  • beef, frozen and/ or chilled, in pieces or parts;
  • maize flour (funchi), maize grits;
  • coarsely ground maize mixed feed for pigs, for cattle and horses, for poultry;
  • baby diapers;
  • disinfectants for personal use;
  • disinfectants for household use;
  • electrolyte and mineral drink;
  • toilet paper;
  • protective equipment;

You can also download the APP “Control di Prijs” of the DEACI on Google Play for Android devices and Apple Store for Apple devices to control the prices of the primary products.

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