August 27 2018

Fourth draft Amendment to E-commerce Law Raises Fines against E-commerce Platform Operators

The fourth draft Amendment to E-commerce Law was submitted on August 27 to the fifth session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee for consideration. Compared with the third draft, the fourth draft has made revisions on provisions concerning the shouldering of liability by e-commerce platform operators, green development of e-commerce, application of laws in e-commerce, and delivery of goods and services.

The fourth draft also raised the fines that may be imposed against e-commerce platform operators who restrict transactions of dealers using the platform unreasonably or have the act of infringing the intellectual property of the dealers from "between 50,000 yuan and 200,000 yuan" and "between 20,000 yuan and 500,000 yuan", as specified in the third draft, to "between 50,000 yuan and 500,000 yuan" and "between 500,000 yuan to 2,000,000 yuan".