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Only One in 400 Containers Checked at Port Where Migrants Were Smuggled

Belgian customs only check one in 400 ship containers’ papers at Zeebrugge, it has emerged, as questions over border checks intensified after the deaths of 39 Chinese migrants in a refrigerated semi-trailer truck from the port.

Asked why the 39 migrants had not been detected, Francis Adyns, of Belgian customs, said checks on documents were only conducted in “very exceptional” cases, amounting to one in 400 containers. “On transport between Belgium and the United Kingdom, the inspection is very limited,” he said.

The disclosure comes despite warnings by David Bolt, U.K.’s Inspector of Borders, and National Crime Agency over the past three years that people smugglers have been targeting Zeebrugge and smaller British ports like Purfleet where the refrigerated container carrying the Chinese arrived.

Read more at The Telegraph

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