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The authorities will monitor the retail prices of goods during Songkran holiday to prevent a price surge.
Deputy Minister of Commerce Sontirat Sontijirawong said the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) will monitor the pricing of goods during Songkran holiday while retailers are advised to clearly display the price of each item of their merchandise.
Retailers who might fail to clearly put up price tags are subject to 10,000 baht in fine upon the discovery of officials or complaints from consumers while the overpricing, refusing to sell goods or hoarding of goods will result in a maximum of seven years in prison or a maximum of 140,000 baht in fine, or both.
The DIT has started selling affordable Blue Flag items during the long holiday at bus terminals in Bangkok, Hua Lumphong railway station, and will later in April start promoting the sale of Blue Flag products from 114 model stores and 20,000 network stores to help cut down living costs.