The use of dangerous, illegal fireworks can cause serious physical injury. The significant explosive force of these items means that those lighting the fireworks and those in the surrounding area are in immediate danger. But parcel company employees coming into contact with such fireworks because of their job, are also in danger. The PostNL and ILT agreement aims to combat the trade in illegal fireworks and their transport via parcel services, and in doing so, promotes safety.
Parcel checks on illegal fireworks
Illegal fireworks are partly purchased via foreign websites that send the orders as ‘regular’ parcels. Throughout the year, PostNL checks for illegal fireworks and other harmful or prohibited items in parcels, particularly at the international sorting centres in Amsterdam (Schiphol) and Rotterdam (port). In the run up to the New Year, PostNL is intensifying these checks partly through using sampling of suspect parcel streams, and by using X-rays and sniffer dogs. PostNL transfers suspect parcels unopened to ILT or Customs, both of which have the statutory authority to check the contents. In the event of a ‘false alarm’, the parcels are returned immediately to the normal delivery process.