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Transit of whale meat to stop via Port of Rotterdam
The Port of Rotterdam Authority requests shipping companies and terminal operators to stop transporting whale meat from Iceland to Japan via Rotterdam. The only shipping company that, as far as is known, ships whale meat via Rotterdam has made clear it will stop doing so.
Legally speaking, there is no way of prohibiting the transit of whale meat. The containers of frozen meat remain at a terminal for a short time, in a customs free zone, and do not officially enter the Netherlands.
Due to the social and political objections to whaling and transport of the meat via Rotterdam, the Port Authority asks shipping lines and terminal operators to stop shipping whale meat to Rotterdam. As far as is known it involves approx. 50 containers a year from Iceland for the Japanese market.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is calling on other port authorities in Europe to renounce whale meat too.
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