Ministers urge online retailers to adopt parcel delivery guidelines
Online retailers should adopt guidelines intended to prevent ‘disproportionate and unfairly high’ parcel delivery costs, according to Scottish Minister for Enterprise Fergus Ewing. The UK Statement of Principles for Parcel Deliveries, which is based on guidelines adopted in Scotland last year, was published this July by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Commenting, Business Minister Jo Swinson said: “Too many shoppers, especially in rural parts of Scotland, have faced ridiculous delivery charges when buying online. Delivery charges should be clear upfront, so people can decide to shop elsewhere if they feel the charges are excessive.”
Anti-money laundering guidance updated
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned senior managers at money service businesses (MSBs) that they may be held personally liable where failures to implement anti-money laundering checks leads to money laundering or funding of terrorism. According to updated HMRC guidance, although a standard due diligence process will be sufficient when dealing with most customers, additional checks will be required on others depending on the ‘the risks and warning signs’ identified and assessed. On conviction, managers could receive an unlimited fine and up to two years’ imprisonment.