Shopee admits to violating Indonesian monopoly laws

(Source: Reuters/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

Indonesia’s antitrust agency on Wednesday said in a statement that e-commerce firm Shopee had admitted to having violated a monopoly rule for its courier service in Indonesia.

The agency also said Shopee has agreed to make adjustments to its operating practices.

Shopee did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the agency’s statement.

The agency, known as KPPU, had accused Shopee’s local unit of violating anti-competition rules by directing customers to use certain delivery services, one of which has a Shopee Indonesia executive on its board of directors.

Shopee, the market leader in Indonesia’s fast-growing e-commerce sector, is owned by Southeast Asian technology firm Sea Ltd.

Aside from Shopee, KPPU was also investigating the local unit of another e-commerce platform Lazada, the Southeast Asian arm of Alibaba.

  • Reporting by Stefanno Sulaiman; Editing by John Mair, Reuters.

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