Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce has referred 200 online stores to the E-Commerce Violations Committee to impose legal penalties on them as they violated the compliance standards for e-commerce reliability.
The E-Commerce Council has announced the obligation of e-stores to implement 13 standards that they must provide for the reliability in e-commerce, which are:
1 – Contact phone number.
2 – E-mail.
3 – Instant chat.
4 – A reliable e-payment feature
5 – It is necessary to enable the consumer to file a complaint on the store’s website.
6 – Enabling consumers to file a complaint through social media.
7 – E-stores must disclose the exact time to respond to consumer complaints.
8 – It is necessary to disclose the exact time for processing the submitted complaint.
9 – E-stores must disclose the exact delivery time before completing the purchase process, and indicate it in the invoice.
10 – E-stores must provide the Arabic language in the complaint mechanism.
11 – The usage of the Arabic language in instant chats is important to communicate with consumers.
12 – Product labels must be displayed in Arabic.
13 – E-stores must provide a clear, written policy for exchanges and returns.
The Ministry of Commerce noted that the e-commerce system and its executive regulations stipulate penalties for violating stores as follows: A fine of up to SR1 million, blocking and closing the site that committed the violation, and prohibition from carrying out the activity.