Dutch authorities confiscated food, including sandwiches, from travelers who entered the Netherlands border from the United Kingdom.
According to the television network CNN, the episode was broadcast by the Dutch public broadcaster NPO 1. Border officials were filmed explaining to a British driver, arrived in the city of Hoek van Holland, where a ferries, that, “since Brexit, it is not allowed to bring food to Europe, such as meat, fruits, vegetables, fish”.
One of the drivers, who had sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil, even asks if he can keep the bread and leave the meat, but one of the employees replies: “No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to Brexit, I’m sorry”.
As the North American channel recalls, now that the United Kingdom has left the single market and the customs union, goods crossing the border are subject to customs and other controls.
The British Government had already launched a guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers, warning them that they are now unable to transport to the EU “Animal products”, as is the case with those containing meat or dairy.
“Drivers traveling to the EU should be aware of the additional restrictions on personal imports. (…) If you carry prohibited items in your luggage or vehicle, you have to use, consume or dispose of them at the border or even before it ”, reads.
The Dutch customs agency had also already alerted travelers in the United Kingdom to these restrictions in November, which took effect in the first day of january. “Typical products like cheddar, curdled cream and Scottish haggis will no longer be allowed,” he wrote on his Instagram account.
The Dutch border team told the NPO 1 that, once the restrictions due to the pandemic have eased, a greater influx of travelers should also translate into a longer waiting time for those who intend to enter the country.