At least 158.8 million Kwanzas were collected from January to September this year, by the Commerce Inspection Directorate, resulting from fines to the offending commercial agents.
Speaking to the press Friday in Luanda, during a visit to find out the prices that are being charged by the merchants, thanks to the entry into force of the Value Added Tax (VAT), the inspector general of commerce, Fernando Catumbila, stated that compared to the same period of 2018, there was an increase of 30%.
In the reporting period, 584 visits were made and 896 miscellaneous infringements were recorded.
Of the irregularities, the lack of product purchase invoices tops the list of infringements that resulted in fines charged, followed by the lack of pricing structure, lack of signage and quality certificate.
“The irregularity found in our operators is the lack of invoices, because both the importer and the dealer inhibit presentation of this because it is from there that the price is structured,” he explained.
A total of 237 wholesaling, 307 retail and 40 merchant service establishments were inspected.
The Trade Inspectorate also seized 55 miscellaneous goods and temporarily suspended the activity of 21 shops for lack of documentation.