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Dutch customs workers submit picture of MORE confiscated UK meals

Dutch port officers have paraded a stash of extra meals seized from Britons crossing the EU border – after ‘nit-picking’ officers took ham sandwiches off a truck driver and informed him: ‘Welcome to Brexit’. 

Customs workplace confirmed off a pile of confiscated gadgets together with a carton of juice, a field of oranges, a packet of muesli and a packet of Waitrose hen breasts as they warned ‘you may’t simply usher in meals from the UK’. 

Officers on the Hook of Holland ferry terminal stated the offending gadgets had been destroyed underneath guidelines requiring a well being certificates for bringing meals into the EU. 

It got here as Brexiteers criticised Dutch border police for mocking a Polish truck driver who had his sandwiches confiscated after arriving from Britain on the identical port.  

‘Welcome to the Brexit, sir,’ one of many officers says within the video of the incident, as the driving force pleads: ‘Can you are taking the meat and depart me the bread?’

Dutch port officials showed off a pile of confiscated items at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal including a carton of juice, a box of oranges and a packet of Waitrose chicken breasts. The caption says: 'Are you bringing food from the UK?'

Dutch port officers confirmed off a pile of confiscated gadgets on the Hook of Holland ferry terminal together with a carton of juice, a field of oranges and a packet of Waitrose hen breasts. The caption says: ‘Are you bringing meals from the UK?’ 

One Briton voiced fears that the confiscations at Hook of Holland meant that ‘all meals in UK caravans and motorhomes is now unlawful’. 

Dutch authorities insisted this was not the case, pointing to authorities recommendation which says that well being certificates will be obtained if needed and that some meals resembling sweets and chocolate will not be topic to checks.  

However there was criticism from Britons over the strict utility of the principles, with one saying that ‘I assumed the Dutch at the very least would have taken an grownup perspective to this’.  

It got here as footage from Dutch TV confirmed border officers confiscating sandwiches and different foodstuffs from drivers getting into the Netherlands from the UK. 

The EU doesn’t enable for meat, meat merchandise, milk or dairy merchandise to be introduced in from nations outdoors the union for ‘private consumption’. 

With Britain having left the EU on January 1, the principles now apply to individuals crossing the Channel.

However the border officer’s strict stance on the newly-imposed guidelines has been slammed as ‘pathetic nit-picking’ by a number one Brexiteer.

‘The entire story smacks of 1 sandwich in need of a picnic, actually,’ Andrew Bridgen MP informed MailOnline.

‘Because the Dutch know in addition to everybody else within the EU we’ve the best meals requirements in Europe. 

Pictured: A still from footage showing Dutch police officers confiscating food from a British lorry driver. Holding up the man's ham sandwiches wrapped in foul, they are seen telling him that the sandwiches will have to be confiscated because they have ham in them

Pictured: A nonetheless from footage displaying Dutch law enforcement officials confiscating meals from a British lorry driver. Holding up the person’s ham sandwiches wrapped in foul, they’re seen telling him that the sandwiches should be confiscated as a result of they’ve ham in them

'Welcome to the Brexit, sir,' one of the officers is heard saying in the video of the incident, as the driver asks: 'Can you take the meat and leave me the bread?'

‘Welcome to the Brexit, sir,’ one of many officers is heard saying within the video of the incident, as the driving force asks: ‘Can you are taking the meat and depart me the bread?’

Mr Bridgen, a distinguished Eurosceptic, spent 22 years within the meals trade earlier than getting into Parliament in 2010.

‘Is that is going to be the way in which it’s then? Are they actually going to undergo a lorry driver’s lunchbox going by means of customs, for one thing that’s inflicting any hazard?

‘We have to speak to the European Union about what is de facto fairly pathetic nit-picking. In any other case this is not going to be good for the Dutch ports, hauliers will go some other place.’ 

Mark Francois, chairman of the Tory backbench European Analysis Group, stated: ‘That is pettifogging forms gone mad.

‘The EU have at all times fearful {that a} dynamic, free-trading UK, outdoors the EU, would finally eat their lunch on world markets, so now they’re retaliating by attempting to steal our truckers’ lunches as an alternative! It’s pathetic actually.’

Dutch customs confiscate dozens of sandwiches and packets of meat from people arriving via ferry from the United Kingdom at Hook of Holland

Dutch customs officers will be seen confiscating dozens of sandwiches and packets of meat from individuals arriving through ferry from the UK at Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands

Mark Francois, Chairman of parliament's European Research Group, said: 'This is petitfogging bureaucracy gone mad'

Mark Francois, Chairman of parliament’s European Analysis Group, stated: ‘That is petitfogging forms gone mad’

Dutch officers will be heard within the footage explaining the brand new post-Brexit guidelines for drivers crossing into the EU, which forbids bringing in sure meals that originated within the UK.

‘Since Brexit you’re [no longer allowed] sure meals to Europe,’ one border official on the Hook of Holland sea port defined to the Netherlands’ NPO tv.

The footage exhibits officers rooting by means of individuals’s automobiles and holding up any meals they discover inside, saying that it’s going to must be confiscated. 

When the driving force – coming off the ferry from Britain – asks the officers whether or not he might hold the bread of his ham sandwiches wrapped in tinfoil, the official is heard saying: ‘No, all the things might be confiscated – welcome to the Brexit, sir. I am sorry.’

Steering from the UK authorities produced for drivers travelling to EU nations states: ‘From 1 January 2021 you won’t be able to deliver POAO (merchandise of an animal origin) resembling these containing meat or dairy (e.g. a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU.’

Pictured: The driver's ham sandwiches, wrapped in foil. Under new rules imposed on Britain following its exit from the EU, meat and dairy for personal consumption cannot be brought into the EU from the UK

Pictured: The driving force’s ham sandwiches, wrapped in foil. Underneath new guidelines imposed on Britain following its exit from the EU, meat and dairy for private consumption can’t be introduced into the EU from the UK

When the driver asking the officials whether he could just keep the bread of his ham sandwiches which had been wrapped in tinfoil the official said: 'No, everything will be confiscated – welcome to the Brexit, sir. I'm sorry'

When the driving force asking the officers whether or not he might simply hold the bread of his ham sandwiches which had been wrapped in tinfoil the official stated: ‘No, all the things might be confiscated – welcome to the Brexit, sir. I am sorry’

Extra critical meals provide issues have emerged because the UK totally left the EU on January 1 with gaps showing on grocery store fruit and veg cabinets amid warnings that provides are being squeezed by Brexit crimson tape at ports.

Lettuce, cauliflower packs, oranges, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are among the many contemporary produce to be listed as ‘out of inventory’ on Tesco’s web site.

A number of of the UK’s main meals firms have pointed to the complexities behind the ‘guidelines of origin’ preparations now enshrined within the Brexit commerce deal.

These imply that solely items made up of produce originating within the UK qualify as tariff-free, with Steve Rowe – CEO of Marks & Spencer – saying final week ‘Tariff free doesn’t really feel like tariff free if you learn the nice print.’

Meanwhile, food industry experts and the Cabinet minister with responsibility for Brexit, Michael Gove, have warned that problems at the ports are likely to escalate from today

In the meantime, meals trade consultants and the Cupboard minister with accountability for Brexit, Michael Gove, have warned that issues on the ports are prone to escalate from at the moment

Lettuce, cauliflower packs, oranges, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are listed as ‘out of stock’ in some areas on Tesco’s website. Pictured: Sainsbury's runs low on fruit and veg in Haverhill, Suffolk

Lettuce, cauliflower packs, oranges, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are listed as ‘out of inventory’ in some areas on Tesco’s web site. Pictured: Sainsbury’s runs low on fruit and veg in Haverhill, Suffolk

Taking meals from the UK to EU: What are the principles post-Brexit?

Since January 1, 2021 – when Britain formally left the EU – guidelines governing what meals will be taken into the EU from the UK have tightened. 

The EU doesn’t enable for meat, meat merchandise, milk and dairy merchandise for private consumption to be introduced in from nations outdoors the union. 

This now consists of the UK after Brexit, that means anybody crossing the Channel might be topic to meals confiscations if they don’t comply with these guidelines.

There’s an exemption for powdered toddler milk, toddler meals, and particular meals or particular pet feed required for medical causes, if weighing lower than 2 kilograms, and in the event that they meet different standards.

Crops and plant-based merchandise are additionally now topic to stricter measures.

The foundations stem from the 2001 Foot and Mouth Illness endemic inside the EU.

‘It’s identified that harmful pathogens that trigger animal ailments resembling Foot and Mouth Illness and classical swine fever can reside in meat, milk or their merchandise,’ EU steering reads.

‘Due to this fact, pathogens may very well be launched into the EU if private items containing meat, milk or their merchandise are despatched by submit or carried within the baggage of travellers arriving from nations outdoors the EU, the place such pathogens could also be circulating.’

A spokesperson for the British Meat processors Affiliation stated: ‘On the finish of the day the principles are the principles (on animal origin) now that we’re a 3rd nation to the EU.’

However they added that the Dutch had little to fret about on the requirements of British produce, saying: ‘our standing on pigs, sheep and cattle is at a really excessive customary.’ 

In the meantime, meals trade consultants and the Cupboard minister with accountability for Brexit, Michael Gove, have warned that issues on the ports are prone to escalate from at the moment. 

The variety of vehicles going by means of Dover and the Channel Tunnel is predicted to rise to to regular ranges after a New 12 months lull because the French step up enforcement of post-Brexit paperwork.

Freight knowledgeable John Shirley stated: ‘The chaos has begun. Organising even the only load to Europe has change into an virtually unattainable process as a result of mountain of crimson tape introduced in on January 1.’

The Highway Haulage Affiliation stated there are already logjams and this example will escalate when border controls with France are stepped up from at the moment.

The group estimates that of the two,000 outbound lorries a day by means of Dover and the Channel Tunnel final week, one in 5 have been turned again.

It stated issues will surge as these numbers enhance to the conventional 6,000 a day.

Its managing director for coverage, Rod McKenzie, stated: ‘Drivers are being turned again for a wide range of causes, together with not having a legitimate Covid take a look at. On the identical time, they’re being informed the paperwork has not been performed satisfactorily.

‘The French have had a comparatively mild contact on enforcement to date, however they will not from Monday.’ 

Mr Gove admitted: ‘Within the weeks forward, we count on there might be important extra disruption.’  

Emergency monetary assist may very well be wanted to safe struggling meals exporters going through challenged sending produce to the EU. 

James Withers, chief govt of Scotland Meals and Drink, informed The Impartial that exporters are discovering the ‘door to the EU now shut’ to the EU, warning that British seafood corporations have been liable to collapse.  

Holland, the drug smugglers’ paradise (however do not deliver your ham sandwiches!) As Dutch cops give attention to truckers’ snacks, gangs are turning the nation right into a narco-state with illicit operations price billions 

Dutch port officers have made headlines for mocking a trucker as they seized his ham sandwiches underneath Brexit guidelines– however criminals are having the final snicker as they use the nation’s transport terminals to smuggle medication price billions of kilos yearly.  

Famously tolerant of hashish use, the Netherlands can also be a seen as a ‘gateway for South American cocaine’ and an ‘ultimate setting’ for a medicine commerce which has left the nation in concern of turning into a ‘narco-state’.  

Whereas greater than 14,000kg of cocaine is seized by Dutch authorities yearly, it’s believed that round 56,000kg goes undetected, making Holland one of many main drug-trafficking hubs in Europe. 

Typically hidden in fruit shipments, a number of the profitable stashes of cocaine are price greater than £100million alone and are typically smuggled together with firearms. 

The felony commerce at Dutch ports has additionally began to seep into the mainland, with gang violence inflicting an outcry in Amsterdam the place drug kingpins run money-laundering rackets and a ‘ring of hustlers and parasites’ have ‘free rein’.   

Busted: In one major drugs raid last year, more than two tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of £136million were found in a banana shipment in Rotterdam

Busted: In a single main medication raid final yr, greater than two tons of cocaine with an estimated road worth of £136million have been present in a banana cargo in Rotterdam

In a single main drug bust final yr, greater than two tons of cocaine with an estimated road worth of £136million have been present in a banana cargo in Rotterdam. 

Arriving from Ecuador, the unlawful medication have been meant to make use of Holland as a gateway to Europe earlier than making their solution to Hungary. 

Rotterdam is Europe’s largest sea port and handles almost 15million containers a yr, solely a small fraction of that are routinely scanned. 

Even when containers are inspected, gangs can use accomplices at Dutch and Belgian docks to sneak previous authorities. 

Final yr, police found that seven transport containers had even been tailored into jail cells and a ‘torture chamber’ utilized by the felony underworld.

Believed for use for kidnappings, ‘torture chamber’ included what appeared like a dentist’s chair with straps for the prisoner’s legs and arms. 

Six individuals have been arrested on suspicion of ‘getting ready kidnappings and hostage-taking’ after the containers have been found close to the Belgian border in a raid linked to the medication commerce. 

Pieter Tops, a professor on the Dutch police academy, stated in October that Holland’s tolerant penal system and its in depth transport hyperlinks make it an ‘ultimate setting for the medication commerce’. 

The professor stated that schoolchildren have been typically supplied €500 to move a bundle whereas farmers have been approached about letting out their land to drug gangs.  

‘The primary drawback is the large circulate of cash and its rippling impact all through our society,’ he informed Dutch Information.  

A 2019 report by the EU’s drug company estimated that round 14,600kg of cocaine are seized within the Netherlands yearly – with a separate IMF report giving a ‘seizure fee’ of round 20 per cent. 

Tops stated that every kilogram of cocaine is price round €50,000, that means the general commerce is price billions.    

'Torture chamber': Last year, police discovered that seven shipping containers had even been adapted into prison cells used by the criminal underworld

‘Torture chamber’: Final yr, police found that seven transport containers had even been tailored into jail cells utilized by the felony underworld

Shipping hub: The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and handles nearly 15million containers a year, making it an attractive gateway for drug smugglers

Transport hub: The port of Rotterdam is the biggest in Europe and handles almost 15million containers a yr, making it a beautiful gateway for drug smugglers 

In Amsterdam, a report commissioned by metropolis authorities in 2019 discovered that arduous medication had led to rising violence and corruption by the hands of ‘hustlers, parasites and extortionists’. 

The Netherlands has a ‘coverage of toleration’ on tender medication which implies that Amsterdam’s ‘espresso outlets’ will not be prosecuted for promoting marijuana. 

‘Separating tender and onerous medication shields the customers of sentimental medication from the felony circuit that’s concerned within the onerous medication commerce,’ the federal government says.  

However the report discovered that the identical ‘toleration’ was progressively being prolonged to more durable medication, with as much as 17 per cent of the inhabitants utilizing cocaine or heroin. 

‘Amsterdam has given free rein…to a motley crew of medicine criminals, a hoop of hustlers and parasites, middle-men and extortionists, of doubtful notaries and actual property agent,’ the report stated. 

On the prime of the felony chain are rich organised crime bosses who will not be bodily situated in Amsterdam, the report stated. 

On the backside are ‘lackeys resembling scooter and taxi chauffeurs and even younger messenger boys set to comply with fairly a profession path: providing homicide as a service.’ 

The report additionally discovered proof of money-laundering methods and turf wars between drug retailers in Amsterdam. 

Throughout the Netherlands, round six per cent of males aged 15-34 and three per cent of ladies in the identical age group say they use cocaine. 

Hashish produced in Holland can also be bought to different nations, whereas Dutch ports function some extent of transit for cocaine to be transported elsewhere in Europe.  

In 2019, the killing of a lawyer for a protected witness in a medicine case led the pinnacle of a Dutch police union to say that ‘we undoubtedly have the traits of a narco-state’. 

‘Positive we’re not Mexico. We do not have 14,400 murders. However in the event you have a look at the infrastructure, the massive cash earned by organised crime, the parallel financial system. Sure, we’ve a narco-state,’ Jan Struijs informed BBC Information on the time.

The murdered lawyer, Derk Wiersum, was shot useless within the Amsterdam suburbs by a person wearing black who fled on foot and was regarded as no older than 20. 

Dutch customs confiscate dozens of sandwiches and packets of meat from people arriving via ferry from the United Kingdom at Hook of Holland

Dutch customs confiscate dozens of sandwiches and packets of meat from individuals arriving through ferry from the UK at Hook of Holland 

Wiersum was representing a ‘supergrass’ witness in a medicine case who had minimize a take care of prosecutors to supply proof towards suspected underworld bosses. 

Months later, one other Dutch lawyer concerned in a number of drug-related circumstances was shot throughout the border in Germany, though he was not significantly injured.      

Hook of Holland, the place the trucker arriving from Britain had his ham sandwiches confiscated final week, was additionally the departure level for a 35kg cocaine run to Britain which was finally uncovered when the cargo arrived in Humberside.

Lorry driver Hendrik van der Genugten was later jailed for 10 years after smuggling the medication out of the Netherlands in 2019. 

Police in Hook of Holland have been faster to eliminate the offending sandwiches underneath the brand new Brexit guidelines, resulting in claims of ‘nit-picking’. 

‘Welcome to the Brexit, sir… I am sorry,’ stated one official as he seized the foil-wrapped sandwiches belonging to the driving force.  

The driving force plaintively asks the Dutch customs officer if he can ‘take off the meat and you allow me the bread?’

However the Dutch official replies: ‘No, all the things might be confiscated.’ 

‘The entire story smacks of 1 sandwich in need of a picnic, actually,’ Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen informed MailOnline.

‘Because the Dutch know in addition to everybody else within the EU we’ve the best meals requirements in Europe. 

‘Is that is going to be the way in which it’s then? Are they actually going to undergo a lorry driver’s lunchbox going by means of customs, for one thing that’s inflicting any hazard?

‘We have to speak to the European Union about what is de facto fairly pathetic nit-picking. In any other case this is not going to be good for the Dutch ports, hauliers will go some other place.’ 

Mark Francois, Chairman of parliament’s European Analysis Group, stated: ‘That is pettifogging forms gone mad.

‘The EU have at all times fearful {that a} dynamic, free-trading UK, outdoors the EU, would finally eat their lunch on world markets, so now they’re retaliating by attempting to steal our truckers’ lunches as an alternative! It’s pathetic actually.’

The brand new post-Brexit guidelines say that bringing meals that comprise meat or dairy into the EU, even for private use, is forbidden. 

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