Five shipping containers detained in Rotterdam after testing positive for radiation probably left Japan before a screening program started, the Asian nation’s transport ministry said.
Japanese authorities officially began scanning cargo boxes for radiation on April 28 because of concerns about leaks from a nuclear plant crippled by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Koji Takahashi, director of the transport ministry’s ports and harbors bureau, said today by phone. The journey time to Europe is about 30 days.
Dutch officials said yesterday they quarantined the containers after screening in Rotterdam showed contamination beyond permissible levels.
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