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Star Rating System To Soon Include More White Goods

Disposal of such goods after its life cycle and general lack of understanding by consumers about the “Star Rating” also a concern   Increased consumption of white goods locally has
06 May 2016 10:00
Star Rating System To Soon Include More White Goods
Commerce Commission of Fiji

Disposal of such goods after its life cycle and general lack of understanding by consumers about the “Star Rating” also a concern

 

Increased consumption of white goods locally has led to Government being concerned over the pressure this is placing on energy consumption.

Relevant standards were introduced in 2012 for a “Star Rating” system for household freezers and refrigerators and now work is underway to include other white goods under these standards.

This is with the aim to reduce energy consumption, explained the Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, yesterday.

Mr Ali was speaking during the Commerce Commission of Fiji-organised workshop on “White Goods Market – What should you know before Trading White Goods in the Fijian Market?”

He has thus cautioned importers of white goods to be mindful and cognizant of the overall vision of the Fijian Government which is to reduce energy consumption.

“This can be achieved by ensuring the product you are bringing into the country is complying with the relevant domestic standards and laws,” Mr Ali said.

“Where these laws as not present, you need to ensure the products are complying with international standards.”

 

Other Concerns

Another concern of Government is the manner in which the products are disposed off after its life cycle.

Furthermore, Mr Ali said there was also a general lack of understanding by consumers about the “Star Rating” in general.

“Consumer awareness is critical to enable the country to move ahead in energy efficient products,” he said.

“Therefore, the retailers of white goods also have the responsibility to ensure their consumers are given accurate and necessary information with regards to the performance of the goods.”

The issue of white goods trade is not limited to just energy efficiency, but it also includes a vast number of other issues.

Mr Ali said these include quality of the goods, information on the use, storage, servicing, availability of spare parts or backup service, to name a few.

The Ministry is currently working on information standards that will generally outline the type of information that needs to be provided for white goods at the point of sale.

For example, the purpose of product, content, price, warranty period, formats and designs.

Mr Ali said this will enable consumers to make informed decision on the product.

 

What are white goods?

In the Fijian market, “white goods” are often referred to most electrical and electronic appliances, and more recently include static and mobile network and telecommunication devices and accessories.

EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

 

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