Swedish customs hand inspecting goods destined for Russia amidst sanctions

A file photo of Ann Linde, Sweden’s Foreign Affairs Minster. (Denis Balibouse/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
  • New sanctions on Russia, which include a ban on exporting various kinds of goods to the country, have led to more work for Swedish Customs.
  • Normally custom declarations for export cases are inspected automatically, but due to the EU sanctions, goods on their way to Russia are now inspected manually by a customs officer.
  • Customs officials estimate that nearly 1,000 cases might need an inspection by an officer every day.
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For more on the kinds of dual-use goods Swedish customs is keeping and eye out for, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report

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