It was during a passenger check at Stavanger Airport in Norway on Friday 7 January that the passengers were stopped. In the luggage, customs officers found 370.5 kilos of frozen salmon fillets, wrapped in transparent plastic bags. The customs officers had been informed that the luggage contained tools.
In line with rising underlying salmon prices, fillets have become expensive goods in recent times. The average export price (delivered to the Norwegian border) for frozen salmon fillets in the first week of the year was NOK 109.08 per kilo (€10.90), according to Statistics Norway and the Norwegian Seafood Council.
If this price can be used as a basis, the seizure has a value of €4,060.86.
The Norwegian Customs Service, which posted a video of the contraband on Twitter, is planning a criminal case.
#Stavanger Totalt 370,5 kg frossen laks, fordelt på 10 kolli innsjekket bagasje og 4 kolli håndbagasje, ble stoppet under en passasjerkontroll på Stavanger Lufthavn Sola fredag 7. januar. De reisende opplyste at bagasjen inneholdt verktøy. Forholdet er anmeldt. pic.twitter.com/7uRJMhIx3p
— Tolletaten (@tolletaten) January 13, 2022