Alcohol busts on the rise in Sweden

Swedish Customs expects the amount of confiscated alcohol in Sweden to double this year since it has received extended powers to search for and confiscate alcohol and tobacco products with excise duties.

Under the new rules, customs personnel are allowed to search reloading points and warehouses in addition to vehicles, Sune Rudén of Swedish Customs told Swedish Radio.

Rudén is a specialist in alcohol and tobacco products.

"This makes our work a lot easier," he said.

"We don't need to keep watch for a truck. Instead, if we suspect that there is alcohol at a warehouse we can just go there and look for it."

So far this year, Swedish Customs has made 16 crackdowns around the country, resulting in roughly 11,000 liters of confiscated alcohol.

By comparison, in 2012 the total amount of confiscated alcohol was 60,000 liters.

Much of the alcohol was ordered over the internet, explained Rudén.

He warned that it can be risky for consumers to order alcohol online. If the Swedish taxes have not been paid on the product, you may find yourself having to pay an additional 20 percent on the price.

"First of all you have to be very careful about reading all the information on the website. If it says that the German taxes have been paid that does not mean the product is allowed. It has to say that the Swedish alcohol tax has been paid."