Setting prices

In principle, prices can be set freely.

However the law may set certain prices or provide a pricing framework for certain products under certain conditions.

That is why the prices of certain products, such as oil and petroleum products, are currently regulated.

Who is concerned

All traders may freely set their sales prices as they see fit, unless the prices of the products are regulated.

How to proceed

Freedom to set prices

In principle, the prices of goods, products and services are set by free market competition.

Price control

Grand-ducal regulations may:

  • set prices and margins applicable to certain products or services for an undetermined period when free price competition is inadequate because of:
    • the market structure;
    • customers being unable to benefit from market conditions;
    • legal provisions.
  • temporarily regulate prices (for no longer than 6 months) to prevent their excessive increase or decrease in the event of an economic dysfunctionality of the market caused by:
    • a crisis;
    • exceptional circumstances;
    • an obvious abnormal market situation;
  • set maximum prices for oil and petroleum products if no programme contracts concerning the limitation of maximum prices have been concluded with companies from the oil industry.

Products with regulated prices

The prices of the following products are specifically regulated:

Although their prices are freely set at their release for consumption, tobacco products are subject to excise duties.

They must be sold at the price indicated on the tax stamp.

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