The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of alleged price fixing against five LPG firms.
- The case was brought to the Tribunal by the Competition Commission.
- The Commission alleged that the firms had agreed to increase the deposit fee on LPG cylinders for first-time buyers.
- The alleged agreement resulted in the firms simultaneously increasing the deposit fee to R300.
- The LPG firms argued that their decision to increase the deposit fee was due to their vertical relationship.
- They further argued that the CEP delivered benefits to consumers and was not designed to restrict competition.
- The Tribunal found that the conduct of the LPG firms was not prohibited in terms of the Competition Act.
- The Tribunal has dismissed the case.