In fact, Norway closed the border to Russian trucks as a result of the attack on Ukraine. The ban was imposed on April 29, with a smooth transition through May 7. Last month, the door was completely closed to the Russians.
However, the transportation of prefab houses has not been completely stopped for this reason.
After the border was closed, an Estonian truck loaded with Russian-made prefabricated household items was allowed to enter the kingdom via Urge. The police were contacted by customs when the goods were to be declared.
– But we found out that this was not a case of the police, says Chief of Police Kai Lund Petersen.
Division Manager Magnus Ånsløkken at Ørje Toll stated that the shipment was announced in the usual way. There is actually nothing to prevent the import of prefab houses. But if the train had been Russian, there would have been no doubt about getting on it.
The prefab house presented this weekend is of the same type that was previously transported by Russian trucks, Onslokin says.
He can’t say who the recipient is, other than that it’s a company in southeast Norway.
But this means that no punitive penalties have been adopted.
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In the transition period between April 29 and May 8, Smaalenes Avis was notified that several Russian trucks were to be seen at the Indre Østfold. The trucks were seen both at Brenemoen and at a local construction site in Tometre.
But how did those get to the Indre Østfold in the last days before the door was completely closed? At least he wasn’t finished orji.
– We have seen the cars observed in the Indre Østfold during this period, but we haven’t had a single Russian truck past the Østfold since April 10, says Department Leader at Østfold Customs, Magnus Ånsløkken.
Nor does Onslokin believe that they entered through any of the unmanned border crossings. This is partly due to the general interest in such trucks. But mostly because Sweden – as a full member of the European Union – closed the borders much earlier than Norway did.
At the same time, an increase in traffic was reported across the common border that Norway and Russia share in the easternmost part of Finnmark. The day before the ban, an increase in the number of crossings over Storskog, as the border crossing is called, was reported.
The only explanation I can see is that the trucks that came to Ostfold during this period must have come through Storskog in Finnmark, says Unsloken.
In this case, this means that the Russians drove at least an additional 400 kilometers around the European Union and into Norway between April 29 and May 7.
Now there are indications that Estonian companies could take over their jobs.
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Smaalenes Avis contacted the State Department, to ask if it was really easy to circumvent the sanctions rules. We got an answer from spokesperson Marie Bangstad. She stressed that Norway stands with the European Union on the historically comprehensive sanctions against the Russian regime.
The road transport ban is directed at Russian road transport companies and is not intended to stop the transport of legitimate goods. As the regulations are formulated today, it is in principle not a circumvention of the carriage of road legal goods in Norway by a carrier from another country, although this should be specifically considered on a case-by-case basis. We here believe that it is right and important that our practice of regulations be similar to that of the European Union. Nor do we have the authority in the Penal Code to adopt unilateral Norwegian penalties.
She asserts that the picture is complex:
– It is important to keep in mind that there may be other restrictions that apply when transporting goods to or from Russia, for example if the trade is with a listed person or company. In addition, several forms of bank transfers and cryptocurrency have been banned, to name a few.
Remember that companies have a responsibility to stay informed:
The European Union and Norway have extended the sanctions in several rounds, and further updates are expected. The individual company or merchant is responsible for following the regulations, and for checking whether agreements or transactions entered into or planned may be covered by penalties. Bangstad concludes that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot provide specific legal guidance in individual cases, but we encourage companies that need information about regulations to get in touch.