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A record amount of people taken for having too much alcohol and tobacco in their luggage at Gardermoen

Oslo Airport Gardermoen CustomsOslo Airport Gardermoen. Photo Norway Today Media

More than 40 percent more air passengers at Oslo Airport have been fined for illegal quantities of alcohol and tobacco so far this year compared to last year.

Never before have so many people been stopped with too much alcohol and tobacco on their way back into the country.

Dagbladet writes that figures from the Customs Service show that so far this year 1,756 passengers have been fined for taking too much alcohol and / or tobacco products from abroad. At the same time last year, the figure was 1,230, which is an increase of 43 percent.

On average, the passengers have received a fine of NOK 1,170, says section manager Tor Gjermund Fredriksen in the customs department’s border section at Oslo Airport, to the newspaper.

When it comes to violating the duty-free quota for alcohol and tobacco, Fredriksen says that in July fines and simplified submissions for NOK 2 million were issued. Last year the figure was 1.5 million.

One in four of those picked out for inspection either carry too much of legal goods or completely import prohibited goods, says the section manager.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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