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Eastern Norway tobacco smuggler’s plans go up in smoke. The some 50,000 cigarettes were found concealed in a secret compartment in the back of a car at the Sweden-Norway border’s Svinesund, Saturday morning. The vehicle was searched after the sniffer dog became suspicious of the car the foreign motorist was driving. “It was impossible to see from the outside”, chief on duty Customs and Excise officer Raymond Høiden told VG, “but we found a cavity under the vehicle’s wheel well when we removed the bumper.”

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Eastern Norway tobacco smuggler’s plans go up in smoke

Published on Monday, 9th June, 2014 at 14:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 9th June 2014 at 17:36.

The some 50,000 cigarettes were found concealed in a secret compartment in the back of a car at the Sweden-Norway border’s Svinesund, Saturday morning.

Toll road in Svinesund
Norwegian Customs and Excise officers regularly seize smuggled goods arriving in vehicles travelling through Sweden.Toll road in Svinesund
Photo: JohnM/Wikimedia Commons


The vehicle was searched after the sniffer dog became suspicious of the car the foreign motorist was driving.

“It was impossible to see from the outside”, chief on duty Customs and Excise officer Raymond Høiden told VG, “but we found a cavity under the vehicle’s wheel well when we removed the bumper.”

24 litres of beer, nine litres of fortified wine, and five litres of wine were also discovered in the car along with the 43,580 cigarettes.

An average of 16,000 vehicles cross the border at Svinesund daily. Smuggling goods into expensive Norway is common.

News agency NTB reported last month that police found 90,000 contraband cigarettes hidden within a car another foreigner was driving.

He was arrested in Oslo after he was caught during a routine check. The Sweden-registered car was filled with black garbage bags containing 450 cartons of cigarettes.

According to the UK’s action and smoking on health (ASH), 2012 estimates show that 11.6% of all internationally traded cigarettes were smuggled. This is equivalent to 657 billion cigarettes a year.

The general increase in these types of cases prompted the European Parliament to hold a meeting to identify how to tackle cigarette smuggling in the EU.

“The idea that we are winning the battle against smuggling is perhaps not quite true,” said Green Belgian MEP Bart Staes, vice-chair of the budgetary control committee.

According to the European Commission, cigarette smuggling costs EU countries 10 billion euros each year in lost tax revenues.




Published on Monday, 9th June, 2014 at 14:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 9th June 2014 at 17:36.

This post has the following tags: smuggling, norway, customs.





  
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