BEIJING, Jun. 24 -- China's Ministry of Commerce announced Thursday it has revised with other government departments the home appliance replacement program to set caps on purchases.
The new amendment to the "old-for-new" subsidy program requires that an individual can only buy a maximum of 5 home appliances.
The amendment also requires that a company purchase no more than 50 items eligible for subsidies.
China launched in June 1, 2009 the old-for-new home appliance pilot program in 9 cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong.
Consumers can receive a subsidy worth 10 percent of the price of five kinds of new appliances, including televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, air-conditioners and computers.
As of May 31, a total of 14 million units of home appliances were sold in these regions, with retail sales reaching 54 billion yuan ($7.94 billion), according to data from the MOC.
The MOC announced on June 3 to further expand the program to a total of 28 cities and provinces between June 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.