Back in January, Belgium became the first EU country to ban the import of all seal products.
According to EUROSTAT, Belgium imported in 2005 articles made of seal furskin for a value of 3.5 million euros from non-EU countries and for 1.3 million euros from EU Member States. It exported seal furskin products to other EU countries for a value of 3.4 million euros. The imported seal oil had a value of 4,867 euros.
Before this, EU countries had only taken some steps in this direction by either instituting temporary bans, partial bans, or simply "urging" bans.