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Data Sharing Obligation Has Been Introduced to Chain Stores Regarding Their Products and Branches

Data Sharing Obligation Has Been Introduced to Chain Stores Regarding Their Products and Branches

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Investigations of the Turkish Competition Authority against certain undertakings operating in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry as producers, suppliers, and retailers to determine whether Article 4 of the Law on the Protection of Competition has been violated are ongoing and currently, verbal self-defense processes are being submitted.

In this context, Amending Regulation Regarding the Regulation on Principles and Procedures to be Applied in Retail Trade ("Amending Regulation") has been published in the Official Gazette dated 7 December 2022 and numbered 32036 and entered into force.

Scope of the Amendment
In parallel with the investigation aforesaid, the Amending Regulation has introduced an obligation for chain stores to share data for protecting the effective competition. In this context; for establishing policies to ensure that competition in the retail industry is carried out according to effective and sustainable conditions, to disclose and enable consumers to make price comparisons in order to access better conditions; chain stores,

  • Engaged in the sale of FMCG in the food retailing industry and
  • Having more than two hundred branches

are obliged to transfer data regarding the marketized products and their branches to the system to be determined by the Ministry of Trade.

The procedures and principles of data transfer will be determined by the Ministry of Trade and notified to the chain stores, and if necessary these data may be shared with relevant institutions, organizations, and the public.

By Cerensu Cetin Yenigun, Duygu Bozkurt Kadirhan, Senior Associates, Moral, Kinikoglu, Pamukkale, Kokenek

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