145 000 border inspections
Public sector
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Norwegian Customs and Excise - StatRes (discontinued)2008



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145 000 border inspections

Norwegian Customs and Excise carried out 145 000 boarder inspections in 2008. 13 per cent of these inspections uncovered attempts of illegal importation or exportation of goods.

Norwegian Customs and Excise carries out border inspections in order to prevent illegal importation and exportation of goods. As a result of these inspections, a variety of goods were seized - roughly 330 000 liters of alcoholic beverages and 7.2 million cigarettes.

Border inspections by type
  Number of inspections Hits in per cent of inspections
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008
Inspections of travellers  100 485  105 903  100 502  104 571 13 13 13 14
Inspections of means of transport 33 900 35 601 32 202 33 372 10 10 10 13
Inspections of goods 6 084 9 751 7 530 7 621 2 1 3 2
Total  140 469  151 255  140 234  145 564 12 12 12 13

Tax collection

Norwegian Customs and Excise collected NOK 196 billion in taxes in 2008 - NOK 3 billion more than in 2007. The most significant tax was value added tax on imports, with NOK 114 billion. Motor vehicle taxes amounted to NOK 44 billion. Other taxes, including excise on tobacco, alcohol, electric power and emissions of CO2 and NOX, totaled NOK 38 billion.

Economic audits

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. About 174 000 audits of declared goods was carried out in 2008, and 38 per cent of these uncovered violations. However, only 7 cases were classified as serious contraventions.

Data regarding input will be released later in 2009.

Norwegian Customs and Excise and StatRes

Norwegian Customs and Excise is part of the Ministry of Finance. Organizationally, it is divided into a central directorate and six local customs regions. The responsibilities of the agency are to prevent illegal importation and exportation of goods, and to ensure that customs duties are correctly declared, assessed and paid in 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.