Unit Sale Price to be Declared on Packaged Items from Jan 1

The Department of Consumer Affairs has made it mandatory to declare the unit sale price on packaged commodities w.e.f. January 1, 2024.

A new provision, sub-rule (11) was introduced in Rule 6 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, vide an amendment in November 2021[1]. The amended rules require declaration of the price of the commodities per unit in rupees, depending on the quantity, length, or volume of the items. For instance, if the commodities weigh less than one kilogram, the price applicable per gram needs to be mentioned. Such declarations are not necessary if the retail sale price and the unit sale price are the same.

When it comes to the date of manufacture, Rule 6(1)(d) of the 2011 rules provided that the packaging of commodities could reflect the “month and year in which the commodity is manufactured or pre-packed or imported”. The words “or pre-packed or imported” were omitted by the 2021 amendment, taking away the discretion to opt for the date of pre-packaging or import and making it compulsory to declare the date of manufacture on the packaging.

The enforcement of the rules was deferred multiple times over the past two years, with the recent notification setting the implementation date as January 1, 2024.