With the notification released on 2nd Nov 2021, certain clarifications have been declared by the Government in relation to compliance with the new requirements introduced by way of Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2022 (Amendment Rules 2021). Further, an extension has been made to October 1, 2022, to comply with the Amendment.
Key Highlights of the declaration made on the Unit Sale Price (USP)
- The Unit Sale Price (USP) stated on the Legal Metrology pre-packaged commodities rule shall be rounded off to the nearest two decimal place.
- The declaration states that if the net quantity/volume/length/number of the commodity is less than 1 kg/litre/metre/number, then the USP of the commodity shall be marked as per gram/millilitre/centimetre/number, respectively.
- If the net quantity/volume/length/number of the product is more than 1 kg/litre/metre/number, then the USP of the commodity shall be declared per kg/metre/litre/number, respectively.
- However, it is mentioned that the declaration of USP is not required for the pre-packaged commodities in which retail sale price is equal to the Unit Sale Price.
- The amendment also states that for packages containing alcoholic beverages or spirituous liquor, the State Excise Laws and the rules made thereunder shall be applicable within the State in which it is manufactured.
Extension on Implementation
As per the new notification released on 28th March, 2022, the department has put an extension on the timeline of the implementation of Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity Amendment Rules 2021. The new amended rules have been extended from April 1 2022 to October 1st, 2022. Vide GSR No. 226(E).
Extension of the timeline has been a big relief for all the manufacturers, traders, and importers. They have been provided additional time to comply with the Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity Amendment Rules 2021. After October 1, 2022, all the manufacturers, traders, and importers will have to reassess and revised the commodity packaging to be in compliant with the new rules.