Customs: The number of illegal “taxis” transporting goods from Sweden to Norway has exploded

Norwegian Swedish borderPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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In the last week, the customs officers at Svinesund have reported a dozen people transporting goods and personal belongings from Sweden to Norway in so-called “goods taxis.”

“There have been a lot of “goods taxis” in the last week. So far, there has been a lot of it compared to before, but now, we have really seen an explosive increase,” section chief Per Kristian Grandahl at Svinesund customs told newspaper Dagsavisen Demokraten.

Customs officers use the term “goods taxis” for cars used for illegal private transport of goods across the border.

“These are people who have a van and who take all kinds of goods with them to people living in Norway,” Grandahl told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Illegal transport of goods

Customs officers have reported 12-13 people for operating such illegal transport just this week.

The same type of activity has also been observed at the border crossings at Ørje and Kongsvinger.

“Among other things, we have seized 4–500 kilos of meat in the last week alone, a lot of that pork, of course,” Grandahl added.

People are allowed to bring personal belongings duty-free into Norway, but the main rule is that they must transport them themselves.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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