Europe’s top ports cut halal business citing weak demand

  • There isn’t enough demand for halal logistics in Europe, officials of the region’s four busiest ports have told Salaam Gateway.
  • “The port authorities don’t have current or future plans regarding halal logistics,” Tie Schellekens, Press Officer for the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port by container traffic, told Salaam Gateway.
  • Port of Rotterdam had put in a lot of effort to promote halal warehousing in the early 2000s but has stopped offering it due to insufficient demand, according to Schellekens. “Ten years later, halal warehousing proved to be not successful,” he said.
  • Europe’s second busiest port tells the same story. “There are no halal facilities in [the Port of] Antwerp. Basically because there is no request from the market,” Annik Dirkx, Port of Antwerp spokesperson, told Salaam Gateway.
  • The port of Zeebruggee in northern Belgium, in cooperation with logistics service provider for cold storage Zeebruggee Food Logistics (ZFL), was halal-certified by the Halal Food Council of Europe in July 2012.

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