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Importer's hand sanitizer seized by Italian customs due to export ban

SWISS retailer Victory Switzerland claims that his truckload of EUR32,000 (US$34,800) hand sanitizer was unfairly seized by Italian customs officers in compliance with an export ban because of the coronavirus pandemic

28 April 2020 - 19:00

SWISS retailer Victory Switzerland claims that his truckload of EUR32,000 (US$34,800) hand sanitizer was unfairly seized by Italian customs officers in compliance with an export ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.

'I am not aware of any compensation for us,' said company managing director Daniel Gerber. Italy confirmed the seizure, saying officials were authorised to confiscate individual protection devices and sanitary equipment considered essential.



The capture of the Swiss-bound cargo is just the latest example of countries moving to secure medical supplies, sanitary items and essential goods for their own citizens amid the global pandemic.



Mr Gerber said the company also had a shipment of more than 300,000 face masks halted at the Swiss-German border about two weeks ago, which was later released.


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