Price freeze on basic necessities extended in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Consumer Affairs (DACO by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Michael Pierluisi has extended the department-issued price freeze, as well as for the profit margin on gasoline sales.
The anti-price gouging measure, which was established when Hurricane Irma was approaching Puerto Rico, will now be in effect until Sept. 20. because the island is still carrying out recovery efforts following the weather phenomenon, DACO explained.
“It is our duty and a top priority that the recovery efforts led by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló [include] ensuring that consumers can get basic necessity articles at reasonable prices during times of emergency, such as the one many families are still experiencing after Irma’s passage,” Pierluisi said.
The official made the announcement from the island-municipality of Culebra, where he and DACO staff visited businesses in the area, assuring there is sufficient inventory for the local population.
The order freezes the price of water; ice; milk; canned food; gasoline, diesel and gas generators; water storage tanks and their modification, repair and installation service; equipment; parts; portable stoves; fuel storage tanks and containers; as well as batteries and flashlights of all kinds.
It also includes any other items or services that a consumer may need to recover from an emergency situation.
The order freezing the profit margin of gasoline retailers also includes diesel and liquefied gas.
Those in violation with the order, are subject to fines of up to $10,000 per infraction.