The Fair Trading Act

Fair Trading Regulations in NZ
If you are in business, it is important that you understand how the Fair Trading Act affects your day-to-day operations.
The Act applies to all aspects of the promotion and sale of goods and services — from advertising and pricing to sales techniques and finance agreements.

This document aims to provide guidance on how to operate your business without breaking the law. It gives examples of unlawful trade practices which breach the Act, and explains the role of the Commerce Commission in enforcing the Act and product safety and consumer information standards.

Compliance with the Act benefits consumers. It also protects traders who ensure they comply with the Act. In addition to any action the Commerce Commission might take in relation to a breach, consumers and competitors can take their own legal action against a trader breaching the Act.

The Fair Trading Act
The Fair Trading Act came into force on 1 March 1987, replacing earlier laws relating to misleading and deceptive conduct, unfair trading practices and consumer information.When making claims abo...

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