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DLCA Says Hurricane Price Lists Due on June 1

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) reminds merchants that the first installment of this year’s Hurricane Price List must be submitted to DLCA by 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, and for the services they offer to the public.

After presentation of the first price list, businesses must continue to submit an updated price list on the first of each month until November 30, 2010. If a business has not changed its prices or acquired new products/services, they can submit a letter certifying that the previous price list turned in is still valid. Businesses may opt to submit price list information electronically on a compact disc to DLCA.
Submission of the price lists are authorized under Title 3, Section 272(c) of the Virgin Islands Code. It is primarily targeted at businesses whose goods and services are necessary for hurricane preparation and recovery. Businesses that must submit price lists include all supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, water and delivery businesses, contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and masons. Failure to submit a price list or certification letter by the first of each month will result in a $5,000 fine.
Price list sample forms for businesses are available for pick-up at DLCA offices. For further information, contact Consumer Affairs Acting Director Beatrice Gumbs on St. Thomas at 774-3130 ext. 4270, Administrative Officer Gladys Sanchez on St. Croix at 773-2226 ext. 226, or Karen Stapleton on St. John at 693-8036.
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