Unfair trading practices in the food chain (UTP)

The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority enforces the Danish UTP Act, which transposes the UTP Directive. The legislation intends to combat unfair trading practices and and prohibits the use of specific contract terms in the agricultural and food supply chain.

The Danish UTP Act transposes the Directive (EU) 2019/633 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain. Among other things, it prohibits buyers of agricultural and food products from applying specific contract terms such as unreasonable long payment deadlines and cancellation of purchases with short notice. Violation of the Danish UTP Act can be sanctioned with a fine.

The Danish UTP Act regulates trade between buyers and suppliers at all stages of the supply chain, meaning that e.g. primary producers, manufacturing companies, distributors and retailers must comply with the provisions in the Act if the conditions are met.

Consumers' purchases of agricultural and food products are not regulated by the law.

The Danish UTP Act (only available in Danish)

Annual report on enforcement activities (October 2022)

More information can be found on the Commission's website, including a list of the national enforcement authorities.

European Commission UTP website


You can contact us at utp@kfst.dk