Smuggling up one fifth

Swedish customs seizing more smuggled booze

Swedish customs officials have seized over a quarter of a million litres of wine, beer and alcopops smuggled into the country during the first half of 2012. That is up around 20 percent on the same period last year, according to daily Dagens Nyheter.

In the western Swedish region of Västra Götaland seizures have gone up 1000 percent over the past two years, thanks to a special operation concentrating on minibuses being driven through the area.

Much of the alcohol is bought cheaply in Germany and then brought into Sweden via the Öresund bridge, the paper writes.

There are no set limits as to how much alcohol can be imported into Sweden from another EU country, but you have to be able to prove that it is to be for personal use only. If customs officials suspect the alcohol is to be sold on the black market they can seize the booze.