MCI teams detect irregularities at two gold shops in Jeddah

A Ministry of Commerce inspector verifies jewelry displayed at one of the two gold shops.

Saudi Gazette report

— Inspection teams from the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) have detected that two gold and jewelry shops in Jeddah were violating the Precious Metals and Gemstones Law by selling products that did not bear any trademark registered with the ministry.

The inspectors confiscated 5,671 pieces of jewelry weighing a total of 26 kilograms. Samples were taken to be examined and analyzed at competent laboratories to verify their regularity and calibration.

The ministry referred the owners of the two shops to the Public Prosecution for further investigation and taking the necessary legal measures.

The Precious Metals and Gemstones Law and its executive regulations oblige the manufacturers and suppliers to stamp the trademark on jewelry sold in the Kingdom. All pieces of jewelry should be stamped to show the origin — whether manufactured inside the Kingdom or imported from abroad — in order to protect consumer rights.

The law calls for a number of penalties against fraud and deception in precious metals and gemstones, including imprisonment for up to two years, a fine of not more than SR400,000 or both against anyone found guilty of cheating or deceiving in the type, weight or calibration of gold ornaments or gemstones.

The ministry’s inspectors last week seized 3,000 pieces of jewelry that did not bear any registered trademark from a gold store in Riyadh. The store had advertised tantalizing offers and discounts without obtaining any permission from the authorities apparent to for mislead consumers. The owners of the shop were referred to the Public Prosecution for taking necessary legal measures.

The ministry has been endeavoring to control any violation related to non-compliance with writing necessary data on the invoices, such as the license number, date of sale, price, weight, type and description of the gold or gems. The ministry’s inspectors also verify licenses to practice the trade activity, in addition to calibration and trademark of the manufacturer or importer.

Pharmacies defamed

The ministry, meanwhile, has defamed two pharmacies in Al-Zulfi after it was proved that the two shops and the person in charge were guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.

The two shops were also found guilty of non-compliance with regulations and the terms of making promotions, since they offered discounts without getting any permit. This is considered a kind of deception and misleading consumers, the ministry said.

The Criminal Court in Riyadh imposed a fine on the violator, in addition to ordering the defamation of the pharmacies by publishing the verdicts in two local newspapers at their expense.

The ministry’s inspectors were carrying out inspection tours in Zulfi governorate when they noticed the advertisement about discounts on baby milk, cosmetics and detergents at the two pharmacies. The two were pharmacies did not any permits to make discount offers. Accordingly, the case was referred to the judicial authorities for taking legal measures against the violators.