Customs officers at the port of Rotterdam have stepped up inspections of shipments containing Asian-origin toys as Christmas approaches. Europe’s biggest maritime gateway handles 25,000 containers of toys each year and nine out of 10 toys sold in the EU come from Asia – the vast majority from China. On the evidence of the inspections, around 20% of toys from Asia are classed as dangerous and end up being prohibited for sale – a disturbingly high rate, particularly at this time of year when toy purchases reach their annual peak. Customs officers at Rotterdam are playing a front-line role in removing potentially dangerous toys from reaching consumers. A recent report on French TV illustrated just how meticulous their work is. This year so far 350 dangerous toy alerts have been issued – most of them concerning Chinese-origin goods, an increase on the previous year.