CCP raids PVMA offices in three cities

Seizes records for involvement in suspected anti-competitive activities


Our Correspondent July 09, 2021
Competition Commission of Pakistan. PHOTO: TWITTER/CCP

ISLAMABAD:

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has raided the offices of the Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA) in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore and seized records for involvement in suspected anti-competitive activities.

According to the CCP, the agency launched an investigation into suspected anti-competition activities in the edible oil and ghee sector and alleged violations of sections 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2010 in Karachi and Lahore as well as raided PVMA offices in Islamabad and seized important documents.

During the investigation, the CCP Inquiry Committee came to know through various media reports that PVMA, an association of 125 edible oil and ghee manufacturing companies, was fixing the retail price of cooking oil and ghee of different brands.

The data available with the inquiry committee also showed that PVMA circulated freight charges between its member mills, companies and in increasing and decreasing charges as a result of changes in the prices of high speed diesel (HSD).

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Such nexus and collusion at the association level is an alleged violation of Section 4 of the Competition Act, 2010, according to the CCP. Such suspicious anti-competition attitudes at the association level indicate that the PVMA platform is being used to fix oil and ghee prices, in violation of the Competition Act.

According to the CCP, the record seized by the inquiry committee will provide evidence of the possible role of the association and other companies in the recent rise in edible oil and ghee prices.

 

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