Dutch television news broadcast a video of customs officers, confiscating private regulations prohibiting the import of meat and dairy products from the European Union after Brexit, and drivers arriving by ferry from the UK confiscated ham sandwiches.
At the Hook of Holland ferry terminal, officials wearing high visibility jackets explained to shocked car and truck drivers that since Brexit, “you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, such as meat. , Fruits, vegetables, fish, things.”
To a confused driver, he wrapped sandwiches in tin foil and asked him if he could give up the meat and keep only the bread. A customs officer replied, “No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to Brexit, sir, Sorry.”
With the end of the Brexit transition period, the ban will take effect on New Year’s Day. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) stated that travelers should “use, consume or dispose of” prohibited items before or before Brexit. border.
“From January 1, 2021, you will not be able to bring POAO (products of animal origin) containing meat or dairy products (such as ham and cheese sandwiches) into the EU,” Defra’s guidance for commercial drivers stated.
The European Commission stated that the ban is necessary because meat and dairy products may contain pathogens that cause animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease or swine fever, and “continue to pose a real threat to the health of animals throughout the Union.”
The Dutch customs also posted photos of food from breakfast cereals to oranges confiscated by officials at the ferry terminal, adding: “As of January 1, you cannot bring in more food from the UK.”
The customs service officer added: “So if you travel from the UK to the Netherlands and advertise widely, please be prepared. This is how we prevent food waste and work together to ensure faster control.”