The Customs Administration has caught around 5,500 currency smugglers in six years. At the same time illegally exported currencies to the the value of 307 million kroner have been uncovered , Kapital writes.
Only in 2015 was close to 1,000 people taken for attempted smuggling of Norwegian or foreign currency. This is a record number of people and an increase of 10 percent from the year before.
On average, the smugglers caught last year, were caught with 52.000 NOK’s worth of cash, according to the journal.
Customs Director Bjorn Røse is satisfied with the fact that they have uncovered so much the last six years, but does not deny that there probably still are a lot of currency smugglers who are not caught.
– The Customs Administration only catches a fracion of the smugglers. We confiscate an average of 51 million kroner in currencies every year, but our estimates indicate that cash cash at the value of a couple of billion kroner is simultaneously smuggled in or out of the country, says Røse.
According to the rules people who bring more than 25,000 kroner in cash when they in or out of Norway, have to declare the amount of Customs Administration. Violations can result in that 20 percent of the cash amount has to be paid in fines.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today