Unlicensed online businesses to be prosecuted

Writer: 
Htet Shine, Hsan Htoo Aung
 
Action will be taken against unlicensed online businesses, the Yangon Region minister for planning and finance said at the regional parliament on October 11.
 
Myint Thaung said businesses must apply for licences at the Yangon City Development Committee and get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if the products involve food, medicine and cosmetics.
 
“Vendors will be prosecuted if they sell any product that enters the country by bypassing  Customs.”
 
He said: “Firstly, most products sold online do not have FDA approval. So the consumers cannot know if they are safe. Secondly, some businesses have evaded tax.”
 
Section 14 of the Consumer Protection Law states that advertisements must describe the products and services candidly and misleading ads are punishable by a prison sentence up to three years and a maximum fine of Ks500,000 or both.
 
The law also prohibits businesses from using anyone’s personal information in their ads without permission. 
 
Translated by Nay Thiha