NHO caught in customs scandal

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The president of Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO (Næringslivets Hoved Organisasjon) has admitted that the company he leads, GC Rieber Oils, has avoided paying customs duties for years. Hundreds of millions of kroner may be owed to the state.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that customs officials have launched an investigation into the firm run by Paul-Christian Rieber, who also holds an important role in Norway’s biggest business lobbying group.

NRK reported that Rieber has now also informed NHO’s board about the investigation and apparently serious violations of Norwegian import regulations.

For years, Rieber Oils reportedly imported large quantities of fish oil from Morocco under an incorrect customs code that allowed it to avoid paying “several hundred million kroner” in customs duties.

NHO Director John Bernander said he and NHO’s board were now aware of the case “and that Rieber is trying to clean up and address the mistakes that were made.”

The case can be politically embarrassing for NHO. Bernander said NHO’s board would wait for the results of “a dialogue” between Rieber and the authorities. 

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