UK travelers’ sandwiches confiscated — ‘welcome to the Brexit, sir’


(CNN) — Border officials in the Netherlands have been seizing food, including sandwiches, from travelers entering from the United Kingdom — blaming post-Brexit rules.

In video aired by Dutch public broadcaster NPO 1, an official explains to a British traveler arriving at the Hoek van Holland ferry terminal: “Since Brexit, you are no longer allowed to take food to Europe — like meats, fruits, vegetables, fishes, those kinds of stuff.”

One traveler, with sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil, asks if he can keep the bread and relinquish the meat. The response: “No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to the Brexit, sir, I’m sorry.”

Now that the UK has left the single market and customs union, goods crossing the border are subject to customs and other checks.

In guidance to haulers and commercial drivers transporting goods between Britain and the European Union, the UK government warns they cannot bring “products of an animal origin” — such as ham-and-cheese sandwiches — into the EU.

“If you are carrying prohibited items in your luggage, vehicle or person, you need to use, consume, or dispose of them at or before the border,” it adds.

The Dutch customs agency has also warned UK travelers of similar restrictions, writing on Instagram in November that, after January 1, “typical products like cheddar, clotted cream and Scottish haggis will then no longer be allowed with you.”

Border staff told NPO 1 that, once coronavirus restrictions subside, an influx of travelers and enforcement of the new regulations could lead to long   waiting times for those entering the country.

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“At this moment the volumes, like you saw, we’re pretty small this morning — 30 cars,” Rien de Ruijter, Customs team leader, told the TV channel. “We anticipate of course that when the Covid measures go away, those numbers will increase, and then the waiting times could also increase. And that could definitely lead to irritation.”

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