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NOK 193 billion in collected taxes
Norwegian Customs and Excise collected taxes equal to NOK 193.1 billion in 2007. In addition, the agency carried out 140 000 border inspections to prevent the illegal importation and exportation of goods. More than 17 000 seizures were made.
In 2007, Norwegian Customs and Excise collected NOK 193.1 billion in taxes. This constituted 30 per cent of total tax revenue in the central government's fiscal account. The most significant tax was value added tax on imports, totalling NOK 110 billion. Motor vehicle taxes amounted to NOK 46.9 billion. Other taxes, including duties on tobacco, alcohol, electric power and emissions of CO2 and NOX, totalled NOK 36.3 billion.
Own production, defined as the sum of compensation of employees and use of goods and services, is estimated at NOK 1 192 million in 2007. This is an increase of 5 per cent compared to 2006. In addition to own production, the agency had expenditure in the form of transfers and gross fixed capital formation.
In order to prevent the illegal importation and exportation of goods, Norwegian Customs and Excise carries out border inspections. In 2007, the agency carried out more than 140 000 inspections of travellers, goods and means of transport. Approximately 12 per cent of these uncovered the illegal importation or exportation of goods. As a result, a variety of goods were seized. The majority of seizures were related to alcoholic beverages and cigarettes and tobacco. Roughly 300 000 litres of alcoholic beverages and 7.7 million cigarettes were seized.
Norwegian Customs and Excise also carries out different types of economic audits. For example, audits of declared goods, where the aim is to ensure that consignments are correctly declared. More than 187 000 audits were carried out in 2007. Almost 38 per cent of these uncovered violations. However, only 15 cases were classified as serious contraventions.
Another type of economic audit is the post-clearance audit of companies. In 2007, 1 166 companies were audited and 151 serious contraventions were uncovered.
Norwegian Customs and Excise and StatRes
Norwegian Customs and Excise is part of the Ministry of Finance. Organisationally, it is divided into a central directorate and six local customs regions. The responsibilities of the agency are to prevent the illegal importation and exportation of goods and to ensure that customs duties are correctly declared, assessed and paid in a timely fashion.
The object of StatRes is to present statistics on central government input, the results of this input in terms of activities and services, and the outcomes of the input. Norwegian Customs and Excise was included in StatRes in 2008. Input indicators measured in NOK are based on the central government's fiscal account. Input indicators measured in man-years are based on Statistics Norway's register-based employment statistics. Data regarding activities, services and outcomes are collected directly from Norwegian Customs and Excise. See About the statistics for further information.