ARBA controls food distributors to control price increases

Simultaneous controls in different supermarkets.

The Collection Agency of the province of Buenos Aires (ARBA) began to inspect this Thursday distribution centers of Unilever and P&G, located in the Pilar district, which provide food and various hygiene and cleaning products to hypermarkets and supermarkets, according to reports. officially reported.

In the continuity of the control actions carried out on companies in the food sector, the ARBA control teams control the flow of trucks in these distribution centers to verify that the transfer of merchandise is carried out with the corresponding supporting documentation.

“For more than a month we have been controlling hypermarkets, wholesalers and also local supermarkets. Now we are focusing on the companies that are suppliers of these supermarkets, to verify if the transport of products is carried out with all the papers in order”explained Cristian Girard, director of the Collection Agency.

The control work of the Collection Agency also includes comprehensive control actions on these companies, to analyze compliance with their tax obligations.

“Given the breaches detected in previous operations, supermarkets usually hold the suppliers or carriers of the merchandise responsible. That is why we are focusing on the previous links in the chains, to verify the situation in the large companies that produce and distribute products. of massive consumption”, pointed out the head of ARBA.

The control work of the Collection Agency also includes comprehensive control actions on these companies, to analyze compliance with their tax obligations and combat possible tax avoidance and evasion maneuvers.

Girard stressed that “when these types of operations are carried out and certain breaches are highlighted, there is usually a reaction from the private sector to quickly get in order. Therefore, in this context where the vast majority of society is losing against inflation , it is essential to deploy actions from the State to avoid the speculative maneuvers of some companies that only seek to maximize profits in the short term to the detriment of the people”.

Along with the inspection that is being carried out today in the distribution centers of Unilever and P&G in Pilar, the teams of the Collection Agency carry out other simultaneous controls in a Jumbo branch, located in Ezeiza, as well as in two properties of Carrefour and Coto de Esteban Echeverría.

Specific audits were initiated to detect tax inconsistencies in the main supermarket chains in the province of Buenos Aires

During the last month, ARBA carried out control actions in different parts of the Buenos Aires territory that included distribution centers and branches of La Anónima, Toledo, Coto, Nini, Makro, Cencosud, Carrefour, Changomás and Cooperativa Obrera, among other companies.

Regarding the transport of merchandise, in these supermarket chains, 2,225 trucks were inspected and 348 infraction reports were drawn up, and the controls made it possible to detect products valued at more than $595 million that were transported irregularly, since they had incomplete or did not have with supporting documentation of the load.

In parallel, specific inspections were initiated to detect fiscal inconsistencies in the main supermarket chains in the province of Buenos Aires, which concentrate 80% of the turnover of this item.

Joint operations were also carried out with the Buenos Aires Ministry of Production, Science and Technological Innovation, to collaborate with price controlverify compliance with current agreements, analyze if there are missing products on the shelves and detect possible maneuvers in price formation.