Around 50 officials from seven state agencies raided several addresses around Oslo this week, including an industrial area at Alnabru full of parked vans and old delivery trucks. The vehicles are believed to be used in questionable exports to Nigeria.
Officials from the state customs agency, the tax office, the fisheries and environmental directorates and immigration authorities took part in the raids. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the raids were initiated by customs authorities who suspect fraud and tax evasion.
Among items packed into the vehicles, which in turn are packed into containers for shipment, were packages of disposable diapers and dried codfish. Disposable diapers are relatively inexpensive in Norway, and the exporters can make profits by reselling them abroad.
One container was halted at the harbour before it was loaded onto a vessel. Its shipment of dried codfish was mixed with a truck motor that reportedly was leaking oil into the boxes of fish. Food safety authorities impounded the container.