Politico on 7th February reported that a Belgian court has found 3 businesses and their owners guilty of shipping 168 tons of a substance potentially used in the making of chemical weapons to Syria between 2014 and 2016 without submitting the appropriate export licences.  AAE Chemie Trading, a wholesaler, Anex Customs and Danmar Logistics between €75,000 and €500,000 for exporting high-purity isopropanol – used in products such as the nerve agent sarin.  There is no evidence that the chemicals have been used in chemical weapons, or whether they were used in other common products such as paint or cleaning agents.  A Belgian MP is quoted as saying that:  I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to understand that exporting chemicals to Syria is a problem and these companies should know better.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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