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Lamborghini legal stand-off motors along. The Aventador Roadster’s Norwegian owner refuses to pay Customs and Excise’s fine nearly two months later. He claims all the necessary import-related taxes and duties were paid. 217 mph (350 km/h) sports car owner Tony André Johansen brought the vehicle from Sweden on a trailer via eastern Norway’s Svinesund. Having reportedly declared the VAT in advance, he drove through the Green Channel. The current rate is 25 per cent.

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Lamborghini legal stand-off motors along

Published on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014 at 14:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th April 2014 at 16:31.

The Aventador Roadster’s Norwegian owner refuses to pay Customs and Excise’s fine nearly two months later. He claims all the necessary import-related taxes and duties were paid.

A Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
This car is a similar model to the impounded one. It is not the actual vehicle involved.A Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Photo: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.a./W. Commons


217 mph (350 km/h) sports car owner Tony André Johansen brought the vehicle from Sweden on a trailer via eastern Norway’s Svinesund.

Having reportedly declared the VAT in advance, he drove through the Green Channel. The current rate is 25 per cent.

His journey into his home country proved to be short, however, as he had apparently picked the wrong-coloured lane.

Mr Johansen, who runs TJ Autos based in Lunner municipality’s Roa, Oppland County, and also sells used Lamborghinis, told local publication Avisa Hadeland at the time that “we did everything correctly until we got to the border, and had all the papers in order.”

“Unfortunately, we took a wrong turn and drove over the old Svinesundsbrua (Svinesund Bridge) [instead]. We should have turned around and driven back 500 metres (about 0.3 miles) to the customs facility but were stopped for a check before we could manage [to do so].”

Calling the incident “regrettable”, he had hoped the matter would resolve itself. Customs and Excise maintained he is obliged to drive via the Red Channel anyway, as he is importing a vehicle to Norway.

Officers impounded the car valued at some 5.5 million Norwegian kroner (roughly 921,125 US dollars/665,000 euros/547,300 pounds sterling) and imposed a fine. They refuse to hand over the vehicle until this is paid.

Mr Johansen, who claimed he and his passenger were not attempting to defraud anyone, only driving “in the wrong direction after stopping to get a bite to eat at the border”, went to reclaim his supercar today.

A things stand, police lawyers believe he is guilty of attempting to bring goods into Norway illegally. Mr Johansen refuses to pay the fine regarding the alleged offence, which carries an alternative of up to six months in jail.

“The VAT was paid by the transportation company. We were in no way attempting to evade fees when we crossed the border. The transportation company has paid the import duty. That is what is to be paid at the border,” Mr Johansen’s lawyer Eivind Bryne told NRK.

Mr Bryne adds he believes the fine to be in the region of up to 300,000 kroner (about 50,220 US dollars/36,265 euros/29,850 pounds sterling at today’s ROE) when due to be paid.

"We've now obtained the car from customs," Mr Johansen tells The Foreigner by phone, "but we are not acceding to anything."



Published on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014 at 14:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th April 2014 at 16:31.

This post has the following tags: norwaycustoms, cars.





  
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