SOME credit card merchants have been charging surcharges to credit card users even though this is not allowed.
The Reserve Bank of Fiji said in some cases, this had been happening over a period of time.
"The Reserve Bank continues to receive complaints from the public on the surcharges imposed for credit card transactions by merchants," a statement said.
"The rule in the Merchant Services Agreement which prohibits merchants in Fiji charging their customers is commonly known as the 'no surcharge' rule.
"Despite this rule, it has become obvious that merchants still surcharge their customers." RBF said it intended to consult relevant stakeholders but it has proposed to maintain the present "no surcharge" rule.
"It has also come to the Reserve Bank's attention that this rule has been applied inconsistently by both the credit card issuers and the merchants.
"Therefore, the Reserve Bank has recognised the need to intervene and to make a ruling on credit card transactions."
"However, the Reserve Bank intends to have public consultation on this issue.
"All stakeholders who believe that there is a need and/or otherwise for the imposition of credit card surcharges are requested to make their submissions to the Reserve Bank and to justify the imposition, and/ or otherwise of these surcharges."