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The hilarious banned import guide

Additional vitamins

In Denmark there seem to be a fear of fortified food. 2004 saw the beginning of the restriction on any food products containing added vitamins and minerals. This has included certain cereals and even Marmite as it contains vitamin B.

If this is your forte then beware that the Danish sell some products that have been approved by the government. But gaining approval there will mean paying a large sum to the regulatory body.

According to Marianne Orum, owner of a Danish shop trying to sell Marmite, “all the English people here are shaking their heads in disbelief and say that it is insane.”

Emo clothes

If you’re a retailer then take extra care with any clothes you send Russia’s way. According to the government, emo clothes are a national threat to stability and is seen to be the main link to high suicide rates and depression among teens.

That’s right, there’s a bill against the dangerous teen trend that is emo clothing.

According to an advisor of one of the bill sponsors, “the point of the bill is so that by 2020, Moscow will have someone to rule its government.”

Games and consoles

For any tech company looking for a new market to test games or consoles then count China and Greece out.

In 2002, Greece banned all electronic games which spanned from console games to your ordinary solitaire.

According to a CNEt report: The blanket ban was decided in February after the government admitted it was incapable of distinguishing innocuous video games from illegal gambling machines.

China did much the same thing in 2000, when they thought that youngsters were wasting too much of their time.

Matching shoes

According to DHL, be prepared to send shoes one at a time because of they catch them in pairs at the border they’ll instantly be separated.

It sounds odd, but three countries have made it law! You’re not allowed to send a pair of matching shoes to South Africa, Mexico or India.

Western food

Russia hit the EU, Australia, Canada, Norway and the US with a full embargo on food imports, which was clearly politically motivated . In other words, due to sanctions over Ukraine. This has hit the UK big time considering that it’s the EU’s second-biggest market for food exports.

This comes after EU pork was banned at the start of the Ukraine crisis.
The good news, however, is that according to Dmitry Medvedev the ban will only last for one year.


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