The V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs reminds merchants that their first monthly Hurricane Price List submission for the 2021 hurricane season is due on Tuesday, June 1.
Every year, at the onset of hurricane season, DLCA requests businesses to furnish an official price list of their goods and merchandise in stock as well as the services they offer to the public. This information is required by law as a protective measure for all consumers in the event of an emergency and to prevent speculative practices related to those goods and services of primary need that are essential to face and recover from such emergencies.
After the submission of the first price list, businesses must continue to submit an updated price list on the first of each month, until Nov. 30. If a business has not changed its prices or acquired new products/services, they can submit a certified letter stating the previous price is still valid.
The request for a price list primarily targets businesses that have goods and services that are necessary for hurricane preparation and recovery at all levels of Virgin Islands distribution and marketing.
Businesses that must submit price lists include, but are not limited to, all retailers; wholesalers; producers; manufacturers; and importers and providers of food items, water, beverages, general supplies, health and medical care products, fuel, rents, construction goods and services, clothing and furnishings; as well as other such goods and services as are deemed appropriate under the circumstances presented.
It shall include commercial establishments and service providers such as supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, water and delivery businesses, laundromats, contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engineers, mechanics and masons.
Failure to submit a price list or certification letter by the first of each month may subject a non-compliant business to administrative fines of up to $200 for each item sold or service provided in violation of Virgin Islands law. Businesses may retrieve a sample price list form by visiting the DLCA website at www.dlca.vi.gov then click the Forms tab at the top of the page.
Submit a business price list by emailing email@example.com. Businesses should also be reminded that the Price Freeze Order dated March 13, 2020, is still in effect on all items relative to the fight against COVID-19. As such, businesses shall not increase the cost of those items without approval from DLCA.
Consumers or merchants with questions may contact the Consumer Affairs Division on St. Croix at 713-3522, on St. Thomas at 714-3522 or on St. John at 693-8036. For consumer-related issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hotlines to report scams or alleged price gouging at 727-SCAM (7226) on St. Croix or at 771-SCAM (7226) on St. Thomas-St. John. Follow on Facebook @dlcavi