- 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.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Blowback – The Ukraine Conflict and Arctic Security, Blog by Marc Lanteigne
Finland: Finnish Army exercises inter-agency readiness, Eye on the Arctic
Norway: Norwegian Oil and Gas Association kicks out Russian members, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Putin announces Sunday he’s put nuclear deterrence forces on alert on Kola Peninsula, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Nordic military cooperation takes shape with common uniforms, The Independent Barents Observer