The Lighter Side
14 May 2018 - by Staff reporter
“In the 28 years that I’ve worked in the shipping industry I’ve come across many weird and wonderful things,” an anonymous Millennium Cargo Services employee told the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. “But nothing I’ve seen has been quite as funny as this…”
“We recently sent a container to the USA. It was pulled for a customs examination which is nothing unusual, as spot checks often occur. Whilst completing the check, one of the customs officers noticed something worrisome. Something troublesome enough that he quarantined the shipment and prevented delivery of the container for four whole weeks.
“What could it be? I hear you ask. It must be something serious. Unexplained chemical perhaps? A huge nest of oversized tarantulas? Nope. It was a snail. Just a tiny, normal, harmless snail.
“Panic ensued. I’ve never seen quite such an over-the-top response in my life. Instead of just removing the snail and allowing the shipment to continue, the container was quarantined by a team complete with hazmat suits, fumigated and eventually cleared for collection once the “killer snail” had been ‘neutralised’.
“Who’d have thought such a tiny thing could cause such trouble!”
Source: Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce