The Bosnia Crisis: M & S sells Serbian shirts despite embargo
Sunday 09 August 1992
Lorries from Burlington Ocean Express, a Reading-based road haulage company, were this weekend on the way to Serbia to bring back more of the clothes in time for the new school term.
The uniforms are assembled at a factory at Ivanjica in Serbia from cloth, buttons and labels sent from Britain before sanctions were imposed. Department of Trade and Industry officials have given permission for the garments to be imported on the grounds that they do not contain Serbian raw materials.
'The licences we have allow us to supply to Yugoslavia buttons, cloth and labels and to bring the finished product out,' said an M & S spokesman. 'Sanctions only apply to garments that originate in Serbia. The DTI has told us they do not originate in Serbia because the only thing added in Serbia is Serbian labour.'
Nine lorry loads of the shirts and blouses, marked 'made in Yugoslavia', have been imported so far, with five more expected. The total contract is believed to be worth pounds 10 m.
A DTI spokeswoman said she could not comment on an individual case. However she confirmed that if the goods did not 'originate' in Serbia an import licence could be issued in accordance with UN resolutions.
Alan Draper, a director of Burlington, said his firm had 'the full blessing of the British Government. We have import licences and the DTI has written letters in a whole variety of languages that we are not in contravention of the UN.'
When asked if the lorries, which are sent empty to Serbia, could not be used to take food and drugs or even bring out refugees, he replied: 'We are not in that line of business. That is more for aid organisations.'
- 1 Secret Cinema interview: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Iraq crisis: End 'very near' for Christianity after Isis takeover, says Bishop
Israel-Gaza conflict: John Prescott condemns bombardment of Gaza as a 'war crime'
Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’
Israel-Gaza conflict: President Obama presses Netanyahu to call ‘immediate and unconditional’ Gaza ceasefire
Lauren Goodger calls for tougher laws on revenge porn after sex tape leaks online
Iraq crisis: End 'very near' for Christianity after Isis takeover, says Bishop
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Training/Learning and Development Co...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Training Programme Manage...
£32000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£110 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Urgently looking for Quali...