The King visits Swedish Customs

During The King's visit, Swedish Customs confiscated a package containing the narcotic khat.

During The King's visit, Swedish Customs confiscated a package containing the narcotic khat. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Wednesday 18 September, The King visited Swedish Customs in Malmö to find out more about the agency's operations.

Swedish Customs is tasked with collecting customs duty, taxes and other charges, as well as checking that no prohibited goods and substances are brought into the country.

The King's visit began at PostNord's Malmö Ban letter terminal, where Swedish Customs checks incoming post. During 2018, Swedish Customs carried out more than 600 confiscations from the post and courier flow in Malmö, around 40 percent of which were narcotics and doping substances.

Madeleine Ekstrand from Swedish Customs explains about their cooperation with PostNord at the Malmö Ban letter terminal.

Madeleine Ekstrand from Swedish Customs explains about their cooperation with PostNord at the Malmö Ban letter terminal. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Swedish Customs showed how they use search dogs to identify suspect letters and packages more effectively. Doris the dog quickly searched through seven postal cages of packages that had arrived that morning, and noticed that one of the packages was suspicious. Further investigation revealed that the package contained the narcotic khat.

In addition to various types of drugs, Swedish Customs' search dogs are also trained to search for weapons and ammunition.

In addition to various types of drugs, Swedish Customs' search dogs are also trained to search for weapons and ammunition. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Swedish Customs now has around 40 search dogs working at various locations around the country. A search dog's basic training takes between five and eight months. After certification, the search dog is brought into service together with a handler.

During the visit, Swedish Customs also showed the 3D scanner used to search through packages and a tool that can measure and detect almost 15,000 different substances.

Check point at the Öresund Bridge

The second visit of the day took place at Swedish Customs' Lernacken check point at the Öresund Bridge. There, The King learnt about the agency's crime-fighting operations and its cooperation with the border police.

Since the opening of the Öresund Bridge 19 years ago, Swedish Customs has made 20,000 narcotic seizures, totalling 100 tonnes.

Since the opening of the Öresund Bridge 19 years ago, Swedish Customs has made 20,000 narcotic seizures, totalling 100 tonnes. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Swedish Customs' mobile scanner can x-ray entire lorries.

Swedish Customs' mobile scanner can x-ray entire lorries. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Anton Kjellberg and Stefan Wimnér show how they use images from the scanner to quickly tell whether there are any suspicious objects or goods that require further investigation.

Anton Kjellberg and Stefan Wimnér show how they use images from the scanner to quickly tell whether there are any suspicious objects or goods that require further investigation. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

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