The Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI) has issued a circular prohibiting the resale of subsidised goods by beneficiaries.
The penalties for violating different articles of the Subsidised Materials Law includes a fine of up to QR500,000 and imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or either, according to the circular posted on the ministry's Twitter page.
The MoCI said it is prohibited to deal in subsidised goods without obtaining a licence in accordance with Article No 5 of the Subsidised Materials Law.
Subsidy beneficiaries are prohibited from reselling the subsidised goods after purchasing them from those authorised to deal in them, or to offer them for sale or barter, or dispose of them in any way, in violation of the provisions of Article No 11 of the said law. Non-beneficiaries of the subsidy are prohibited from possessing subsidised goods in violation of the provisions of the law.
It is prohibited to take food supplies outside the country, and subsidised materials may not be used for the production of another product in accordance with Article No 12 of Law No 5 of 2017 on regulations for dealing in subsidised goods.
No person may use any of the subsidised goods or part of them in the production of another item, except with a licence from the competent department. There will be a fine of no more than QR500,000 and imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or either of the two penalties, in accordance with Article 16 of the Subsidised Materials Law.
Whoever violates any of the provisions of Articles 3, 9, 10, 11 or 12 shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine not exceeding QR500,000, or either of these two penalties. The penalties stipulated in these articles shall be doubled in the event of a repeat offence. A person shall be considered a repeat offender if s/he commits a similar crime within five years from the date of completion of the sentence imposed or its forfeiture due to the lapse of time, and all the crimes stipulated in this law shall be considered identical with respect to cases of repeat offence.