Swedish Customs lets online booze through

Swedish Customs has stopped confiscating alcohol that is imported via the internet by private people, according to Lennart Nilsson, the head of the agency's crime unit.

Nilsson told Swedish Radio on Saturday that the European Court ruling last Tuesday made it clear that the Swedish ban on buying booze online was against EU law.

“It is not illegal to order alcoholic products via a supplier abroad, and we will take that into consideration until it is confirmed,” said Nilsson to SR.

The Swedish Tax Board’s official position, however, is that Customs has the right to confiscate alcohol. Next week the government will meet both agencies to establish how best to deal with booze bought online.