Ministry of Commerce & Industry conducts inspection campaigns on retail outlets and street vendors in various regions

January 11, 2022
Seizing 20 violations

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry conducted inspection campaigns on retail outlets and street vendors across Qatar, including the areas of Mukaynis, Al-Hilal, Al-Ghanim Al-Ateeq, Fareej Al-Hitmi, and Al-Riffa.

The inspection campaigns resulted in releasing 19 violations against several retail outlets for committing breaches of the law. These included failing to place an introductory sign on the storefront, failing to write the commercial registration number on the shop sign, failing to match the trade name with the name on the shop sign, practicing a commercial activity before obtaining the required approvals from the competent authorities, expiration of the commercial license, and not having a commercial license.

Moreover, a violation was released against a street vendor for practicing his activities without obtaining a commercial license. The violator was referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary legal measures.

These inspection campaigns stem from the Ministry’s keenness to protect consumer rightsand to monitor the extent of compliance with the laws and regulations governing the commercial sector.

In this regard, the Ministry stressed that it would not tolerate any negligence in terms of meeting obligations stipulated in law No. (5) of 2015 on Commercial, Industrial, and Similar Public Shops, and Street Vendors, as well as noncompliance with Ministerial Resolution No. (243) of 2016 on the licensing requirements and regulations to engage in street vendor activities.

The Ministry is working to intensify its inspection campaigns to control violating practices, and to refer those who infringe laws and Ministerial decisions to the relevantauthorities to take the appropriate measures.

The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to report any breaches or violations pertaining toregistration and commercial licensing via following official channels:

– Call Center: 16001

– The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s authorized social media accounts:

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