An article from the Customs Administration of the Netherlands involves an interview with an officer related to how Dutch Customs enforces the Abuse of Chemical Substances Act and the control of precursor chemicals used to produce illegal drugs. She is quoted as saying that acetone and hydrochloric acid, for example, are misused in huge quantities to make drugs. The term “precursor” refers to chemicals that can be used as raw materials in the production of chemical weapons or illicit drugs. But these substances are usually manufactured and supplied for legal purposes, hence why it is so important to monitor the bona fide trade in them. It points out that, under an EU requirement applied in all Member States (and the UK), traders who notice anything unusual in the chemicals trade must report this to the competent authority. For example, if customers pay in cash, do not ask for an invoice or do not have the goods in question delivered but collect them in person, a report is required, and if a company that fails to report this is breaking the law.
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