Independent Consumer & Competition Commission (ICCC)

Cartel conduct an issue

This is the last leg of the Mamose region as they continue on to the Highlands, later ending their workshop in the Southern region.

ICCC is the country’s competition watchdog, shaping the country’s market economy and protecting our consumers.

Cartel is an agreement between producers or suppliers of goods or serve to limit their production share markets and/or to fix prices.

ICCC states that Cartel agreement is often written and formal, however, it is practiced verbally, informal and secretive.

2023 PMV & Taxi Fares increase, ICCC

The increase is due to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as published by the National Statistical Office (NSO), and due to the significant increase in fuel prices this year, 2022.

The 2023 PMV and Taxi fares were determined, in accordance with Section 21 of the Prices Regulations Act Chapter  320 (PR Act). The PMV and taxi fares are only applicable to the licensed urban and non-urban routes approved by respective Provincial Land Transport Boards, and the Road Traffic Authority (RTA).

Urban PMV Fares:

ICCC Addresses Rise In Prices Of Goods

ICCC CEO, Paulus Ain said for any increase in prices for goods, business houses must seek the approval of the ICCC.

ICCC warned that those who fail to comply will face a penalty of K10, 000.

“Our next exercise will be to deploy staff into the provincial towns and districts to cross check if the business house have been complying with ICC’s directions.

“On the Government’s relief package, the ICCC is willing to assist the government by enforcing some of these decisions in relation to fuel and key house hold items”.  

New April fuel prices

For this month, the Indicative Retail Prices (IRP) for petrol, diesel and kerosene will all increase on average, throughout PNG. These price increases were mainly attributed to the increase in crude oil prices in March 2021 as the global oil market responded to lower crude oil production from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and partner countries.

New fuel prices for December

For this month, the Indicative Retail Prices (IRP) for petrol, diesel and kerosene will all increase on average throughout PNG. These increases in the retail prices for petrol, diesel and kerosene have been mainly attributed to the increase in crude oil prices during the month of November 2020.

On the other hand, the increase in oil prices has mainly been attributed to news regarding the development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine which has injected fresh hopes of a gradual recovery in oil consumption.

Fuel prices increase for August

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) announced the new retail fuel prices for this month, which take effect today.                    

These price increases are mainly attributed to the average increase in oil prices, and the depreciation of the PNG kina against the US dollar during the month of July, 2020.

In Port Moresby the maximum retail prices for fuel in Port Moresby are as follows:

ICCC approves MVIL purchase of shares in Pac Re

The ICCC approval was given on August 03rd 2020.

MVIL submitted a Clearance Application to the ICCC on  July 16th seeking approval to proceed with the acquisition of shares in Pac Re.

After considering all stakeholders’ comments during applications assessment, the ICCC was satisfied that the proposed share acquisition will not be likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in the market for reinsurance services in PNG.

The ICCC’s approval for the acquisition to proceed are based on the following:

Feb Fuel Prices Drop

The ICCC states that price decreases are attributed to the decrease in crude oil prices caused by slowdown in economic activities in China due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

At the Import Parity Price level, the extent of the price decrease was curtailed due to the depreciation of the PNG kina against the US dollar in January by 0.05 percent.

According to ICCC calculations, retail prices will decrease right across the country.

ICCC moves to curb cartel conduct

The ICCC revealed this during a seminar hosted to commemorate World Competition Day on December 5th.

A ‘Leniency Policy’ gives companies full or partial immunity from fines or penalties when they provide information about a cartel in which they participated in.

Cartel conduct is an agreement by competitors to coordinate their prices or output in order to increase their collective profit.

This can include:

ICCC sues Steamships

A ruling on the motion was handed on 27th March 2018 in favour of the ICCC, dismissing Steamships Trading Company’s motion to dismiss the case.

The court granted the case to go for trial.

ICCC made its intention known today through a media conference to pursue the case against Steamships Trading Company Limited and others for certain behaviours in the coastal shipping industry resulting in infringing and non-compliance with the principles of the ICCC Act.