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Cheap Norway nappies smuggled via Sweden

Cheap Norway nappies smuggled via Sweden

Published: 24 May 2012 07:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 May 2012 07:56 GMT+02:00

A gang of Lithuanian diaper smugglers is using Sweden as a transit country to ferry cheap nappies bought in Norway for resale at a stiff markup in eastern Europe.

While Norway is generally known for high-priced consumer goods, when it comes to diapers, Sweden's neighbour to the west looks like a relative bargain.

In Norway, a pack of diapers costs about the equivalent of 25 Swedish kronor ($3.50). In Lithuania, on the other hand, a pack of new nappies can set parents back 120-140 kronor, the Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

But a group of enterprising smugglers believed to be based in Lithuania have made a concerted effort to exploit the sizeable price differential by transporting thousands of diapers from Norway through Sweden en route to points of sale in eastern Europe.

"We think it's an organized operation," Norwegian customs official Bjørn Sørli told the newspaper.

In April, Norwegian customs stopped two suspected nappy smugglers in Tröndelag, a region in north central Norway which borders on the Swedish county of Jämtland.

The two were found to be transporting diapers worth 44,000 Norwegian kroner ($7,350).

And just last Saturday, a truck was stopped near the Swedish border carrying a load of diapers with an estimated street value of more than 200,000 kronor reportedly purchased at a discount shopping centre in Norway and believed to be destined for Lithuania.

"Someone is earning good money doing this, The drivers have a shopping list with them when they come to Norway and buy what's been ordered," Sørli told Aftonbladet.

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08:33 May 24, 2012 by Essingen
Not exactly the crime of the century is it? Would you prefer them to be smuggling drugs?
08:50 May 24, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
If they were truly "enterprising" they would fly to china, set up meetings with diaper producers, and import them legally by the cargo container into Lithuania. Driving a truck full of them from Norway... amateur.
09:16 May 24, 2012 by HYBRED
This is potentially a load of crap.
09:26 May 24, 2012 by RobinHood
The cowboy hats gave them away.
10:19 May 24, 2012 by Brock_and_Roll
Hang on a second, why is is it a crime or "smuggling" to buy some nappies in Norway, then sell them in Eastern Europe?

Is was not aware that you can smoke or drink them - is there some kind of bizarre nordic "nappy duty"?
11:12 May 24, 2012 by byke
Crap article
13:21 May 24, 2012 by lokalkille
I guess that I am lacking in exporting laws but I would not have realised that it was smuggling.
15:36 May 24, 2012 by ledax
Same here... How is -investing- time, gas and material... smuggling? What is illegal about this?

The diapers are legal, bought in a legal store with legal money. Transported in a legal car ( I would assume that or they would have said otherwise ) where does it become illegal?

If I buy something for $5 and want to sell it to you for $50, it's up to the buyer to fork over the money if they like... nothing is being forced...

this is some bullsh....
15:50 May 24, 2012 by Svensksmith
"A gang of Lithuanian diaper smugglers..."

You had me with just that line.
06:42 May 25, 2012 by Da Goat
Yeah I agree when does business become a crime?

other than that a crap story!
11:18 May 25, 2012 by markusd
How dare they try to make a profit on a perfectly harmless product.
11:22 May 25, 2012 by JulieLou40
Can't believe all the naive comments, asking why it's a crime.
11:49 May 25, 2012 by blue2012
Is there a shortage of diapers in Eastern Europe?

What a non story.
15:02 May 25, 2012 by DAVID T
Norway is not in the EEC therefore goods purchased for commercial gains are subject to import duty and VAT when they arrive in the EEC.
19:06 May 25, 2012 by viennacalling
9 out of 10 to the Lithuanians for Business Skills deduct 1 Point for getting Caught!
17:25 May 26, 2012 by entry
"carrying a load of diapers with an estimated street value of more than 200,000 kronor", never really considered the 'Street Value' of diapers. O_o
09:39 May 28, 2012 by me_i_sverige
It seems these Lithuanians (only organized-criminals) are all over western europe. Recently, Danish police accused them of mass burglary in denmark. Danish authorities went so far to tell that... "Middle and West Jutland Police have clearer statistics about the prevalence of foreign criminals and report that every third person they arrest is from Lithuania. They currently have 32 Lithuanians in custody"

link here. http://jp.dk/uknews/article2759071.ece
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