The Ministry of Internal Trade charged to more than 15 entities to be commercialized under the benefits of the “Now 12” program, goods and services that are not part of the supply of items included in this initiative to promote consumption.
Among the firms imputed on Wednesday, are Frávega, Garbarino and Hogar Total, for the sale of products not included within the goods and services incorporated into the Program and in some cases, for the commercialization of imported articles.
In addition, contrary to what is established in the norm, they detected that the firm Cobranzas Regionales SA (Naranja Pos) promised automatic adherence to the “Now 12” Program of those shops that hire a posnet service offered by the company.
There are also Essen Aluminio SA, for having carried out a large number of commercial operations of products not included within the foreseen headings, and Club Atlético River Plate, for offering stadium locations under the name of “Your place in the Monumental” with the financing measures of the “Now 12” Program.
The imputed entities will have a period of 10 business days to download and give explanations of the case; subsequently, the administrative process established by decree No. 274/2019 of Commercial Loyalty will continue, the Ministry of Productive Development reported in a statement.
“Based on a request for information from the companies and a work of inspection and monitoring, the Ministry of Internal Commerce verified the existence of goods and services not included within the items incorporated into the Now 12 Program,” they explained.
What’s more, “the existence of imported products was detected provided for their acquisition with the preferential financing measures provided by the Program, when only national products can be marketed under its orbit“the statement added.
Currently, the quota plans promoted by the Executive reach items such as educational, sports and cultural services; personal care, repair, home appliances, mechanical repair shops; among others.
Between January and February 2021, Now 12 reached transactions for a total of $ 107,738 million in more than 9.7 million operations, which implies a year-on-year growth of 26%.
The items that top the ranking for their billing are: white line, with 24% of the total amount; it is followed by clothing, with 23%; and construction materials, with 12%. In addition, throughout 2020, the program’s participation billing was $ 572,807 million pesos, with a total of more than 56 million operations carried out.