Danish company stops salt imports from Western Sahara

The exports of salt from Western Sahara to Denmark has now stopped. The Danish salt importer Dansk Vejsalt has declared that it will no longer be importing de-icing salt from the occupied territory.
Published: 09.02 - 2017 20:07Printer version    
In 2013, Western Sahara Resource Watch first wrote about a salt exporting business which had emerged in the occupied territories. The salt was to be exported to Europe where the product was to be used for de-icing of winter roads.

The Danish company Dansk Vejsalt has since that time been importing from the production site located in the occupied Western Sahara. It has probably been one of the larger importers of the product.

However, at a meeting with the Danish solidarity organisation Afrika Kontakt on 31 January 2017, the company declared it will carry out no further such imports.

The owner of Dansk Vejsalt, Stig Anthony, said that the company has stopped the imports from Western Sahara “because we don’t want any more trouble in regard to our de-icing salt.”

“This is an important victory for the people of Western Sahara. It means that the occupation of the colony becomes a little less profitable. But it is also a victory for Afrika Kontakt, as we have continuously exerted pressure on Dansk Vejsalt and their customers in Denmark,” says Jens Bruun Madsen from Afrikas Kontakt’s Western Sahara group.

Afrika Kontakt has been in contact with the importing company regarding the trade from Western Sahara since 2013.

In 2014, four Danish municipalities decided to scrap a contract to buy de-icing salt from Dansk Vejsalt after Afrika Kontakt had informed the municipalities that the salt was from Western Sahara and that the deal would be in violation of international law.

Other Danish municipalities choose to uphold similar deals, however, and supermarket chain Aldi continued to sell salt from Dansk Vejsalt in their supermarkets in Denmark.

Director of Dansk Vejsalt, Kim Løth, also informed Afrika Kontakt that the cooperation with Austin-based American company Crystal Mountain Sel Sahara had been terminated, according to Løth because Crystal Mountain Sel Sahara ships their salt from a habour in Western Sahara.

Dansk Vejsalt has previously bought their salt from the Crystal Mountain Sel Sahara, who mines salt from the Oum Dbaa mine just South of the Moroccan-Western Sahara border.

Dansk Vejsalt will be importing their salt from Tunisia in the future. Tunisia is a large exporter of such salts to Scandinavia. Also a Norwegian state importer told in 2014 it had rejected such imports due to matters of human rights.

The decision from Dansk Vejsalt comes after the Court of Justice of the European Union gave a verdict on 21 December 2016 that concluded that Western Sahara, is distinct and separate from Morocco, and that two free trade agreements between the EU and Morocco therefore do not apply to Western Sahara.

Trade with products from Western Sahara is also in violation of international law, unless the indigenous people of that territory benefit and agree to the trade, something that the Saharawis of Western Sahara have not.

As the representative in Denmark of Western Sahara’s liberation movement Polisario (who the UN recognise as the legitimate representatives of the Saharawis), Abba Malainin has stated, “the Saharawis have never okayed the salt mining and selling of salt in Western Sahara”.

Western Sahara has been colonised by Morocco for 40 years, since the Spanish left the territory in 1975.


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