Amazon’s plea to the appellate authority under the department of Legal Metrology said it had de-listed the seller violating ‘country of origin’ guidelines within 36 hours of receiving the notice. Amazon said it is only a marketplace connecting customers and sellers and the responsibility for compliance lies with the seller.
The order passed on February 2 noted that an e-commerce entity has to ensure that the mandatory declarations are shown regarding the products being sold on the platform. Amazon India has over 6.5 lakh sellers here and it had issued a guideline to sellers last year saying they should update their listings with `country of origin’ details.
Amazon India has now been given the option to close the matter by paying a total fine of Rs 75,000 to the department. An Amazon India spokesperson declined to comment immediately. The `country of origin’ issue had gained prominence last year due to the border conflict with China. The idea was to promote local goods.