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Commission Inspect, Monitor Inter-Island Shipping Vessels

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has been undertaking inspections of inter- island vessels to ensure the protection of consumer rights for Fijian families travelling this festive season. The
31 Dec 2018 17:03
Commission Inspect, Monitor Inter-Island Shipping Vessels
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission officials on board one of the inter-island vessels.

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has been undertaking inspections of inter- island vessels to ensure the protection of consumer rights for Fijian families travelling this festive season.

The FCCC has undertaken inspection of shipping companies to ensure that they comply with the legal requirements under the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act (FCCC Act 2010) and the Commerce (Control of Prices for Shipping Services, Freight Rates and Passenger) Order 2016.

As part of its monitoring for the festive season, the FCCC has also visited the Narain jetty, Nabouwalu Jetty and Savusavu jetty. The FCCC understands that the festive season is a relatively busy time as Fijians travel to spend time with families.

The FCCC focused its monitoring to ensure that consumers are not overcharged and that tickets are not oversold. When shipping companies oversell tickets it unnecessarily compromises comfort and safety of the passenger.

Fijians who have issues pertaining to inter-island shipping services are encouraged to contact the FCCC to lodge their complaints.

Further, if consumers feel they have been overcharged on freight rates whilst transporting goods to and from islands, they are urged to report such matters to the FCCC.

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