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The world's most odorous canned herring "Surströmming" Air transportation packaging is too strict.

"Surströmming" is said to be "the smelliest food in the world". It is a traditional Swedish canned herring *, but Twitter is making a noise that the packaging for air transportation is too strict and seems to be completely handling dangerous goods.


Speaking of surströmming, it is a dangerous food that emits more than 6 times the smell of baked Kusaya. Even on the sales site, it is recommended to open the can in the water or outdoors without causing any inconvenience so as not to damage the surrounding area.

For that reason, it seems that there is considerable difficulty in transportation, and Sanko Trading, which imports and sells Surströmming, has released the packaging status at the time of import on official Twitter. A "dangerous" label is affixed to the top of the package to indicate dangerous goods, and the sealed container conveys the goods. Furthermore, during transportation, it is managed as an aviation regulated liquid under the dangerous goods handling rule "UN number" established by the United Nations. Until the packaging was opened, it was carried in a form that did not seem to contain food.

"Standards for poisonous and deleterious substances and explosives in the first place"

――Please tell us about the particular difficulties you faced when importing.

Person in charge: The biggest barrier is transportation coordination. Airmail is banned by most airlines in the first place, and seamail is carried by fairly long land or waterways to large ports, where it is loaded into refrigerated containers (reefers) with other cargo. You will be asked to do it. However, in the first place, there are few places where refrigerated stacks are made, and stacking with expensive gourmet ingredients is disliked. In addition, due to special packaging for dangerous goods and complicated procedures, all the first five companies inquired were refused.


Person in charge: The other is that the product has not been liberalized for import, so it was necessary to obtain an import license. I asked the customs office to check if the product was the target product to confirm the tax number, but I didn't want to open it, so I couldn't proceed.


--Did you have any accidents such as an explosion during transportation in the past?

Person in charge: I have been dealing with it for 10 years and have never experienced a natural explosion. A long time ago, when the manufacturing technology of cans was low, it was said that a catastrophic natural explosion occurred frequently on the shelves of supermarkets, but now Surströmming cans are thicker than usual and bellows to release internal pressure. It has the structure of. Therefore, no explosion will occur. maybe.

--What is the commonly used aviation regulation liquid "UN number 3334"?

Person in charge: Airline Deregulation Liquid is a liquid among about 3000 kinds of dangerous goods of the international standard set by the United Nations. It seems that 3334 is extremely rare even though it is quite subdivided, and I have not seen any other applicable products so far. In the first place, since it is a standard for poisonous and deleterious substances and explosives, it is something that we, a food import trading company, see only in Surströmming.


――What kind of customers do you usually buy?

Person in charge: Researchers are particularly prominent. It seems that many people have academic interests.

--The employees of Sanko Trading are often eaten ...?


Person in charge: Surströmming is an indispensable part of our dinner every day ... I would like to say, but after eating it, I suffer from the smell of hell for several days, so I don't eat it. If there is no smell and the saltiness is suppressed a little more, I can eat it once in a while.

Sanko Trading says that it buys Surströmming directly from a factory in the countryside of Sweden. As you tweeted that the freight and tariffs are "terrifyingly high" due to a special import method, what is sold locally for about 600 yen, but the selling price in Japan is about 5000 yen. Looking at the price alone, I felt it was expensive, but when I asked about the import process, I felt it was reasonable.


On Twitter, the state of the powerful packaging is afraid of its aggressive import attitude, such as "What a mess on air", "If it explodes, it becomes bioterrorism", "Food but the most dangerous dangerous goods that are prohibited from being carried on board", etc. One after another. I'm scared, but maybe I want to eat it at least once.