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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out more about Swedish Customs here.