Icelandic firm pulls out of Brussels show over security fears
THE Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi has pulled out of Seafood Expo Global 2016 in Brussels, following the recent terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital which killed more than 30 people and injured at least 170 others. HB Grandi, a significant trawling and fish processing operation, had planned to send up to 27 employees to the show, which takes place from April 26-28. It said in a statement: ‘The management believes there is no justification for sending employees to Brussels this time where it is uncertain whether it will be possible to ensure their safety in a satisfactory manner following the recent terrorist attacks in the city.’ Other seafood companies, including a number in the United States, are also reportedly considering their position. But sources in Scotland’s salmon in- dustry, which has a big presence at the show, said their plans had not changed. The organisers of Seafood Expo Global said they have tightened security measures: all bags will be searched; visitors may bring up to two bags provided they are smaller than 30cm x 43cm x 15cm; bag-check availability at the facility will be extremely limited. All are encouraged not to bring bags in order to save time. Attendees and exhibi- tors are subject to metal detector screening; be prepared to show a photo ID; you will see police officers and explosive detection dogs throughout the expo.
Once known as the Brussels Seafood Show or the European Seafood Expo, the event is the world’s largest fishing platform, attracting tens of thousands of international visitors.
The attacks occurred at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, about 10km outside the city, and in Mallbeek train station.