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What is the cooling off or cancellation period food stuffs (

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what is the cooling off or cancellation period for selling food stuffs ( confectionery) via direct selling methods ie door to door catalogue ?

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.

Please can you provide a brief background on the nature of your query? Also, are you the trader or the consumer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i want to sell sweets ( consumable foodstuff) via a door a door catalogue then deliver a week later I am the seller /trader
I know under EU law its 14 days on non foodstuffs

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A consumer’s rights in this situation are mainly determined by the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. These Regulations apply to contracts for sales conducted on the trader’s business premises, off the trader’s premises (e.g. at the consumer’s home) and at a distance (e.g. online).

The Regulations will not apply to contracts for the supply of foodstuffs, beverages or other goods intended for current consumption in the household and which are supplied by a trader on frequent and regular rounds to the consumer’s home, residence or workplace.

In terms of cancellation rights, these only apply to off-premises and distance contracts. The statutory cancellation periods are as follows:

· Services – 14 days after the day the contract was entered into

· Goods – 14 days after the day the goods came into the physical possession of the consumer

If the consumer decides to exercise their right to cancel the contract, then each party will have separate liabilities:

· Consumer – must return the goods no later than 14 days from the date of notification of cancellation, unless the trader has agreed to collect them; pay the delivery costs unless the trader did not advise them that they would be liable for this at the time the contract was concluded.

· Trader – must reimburse all payments (except delivery charges in excess of the minimum/cheapest delivery costs) within 14 days

So as long as you do not make regular deliveries to your customers and just sell as and when, then you will be covered by the above rules.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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