Document 3:7 (2013–2014) The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of border control in Norwegian Customs and Excise was submitted to the Storting on 22 May 2014.
The audit shows that efforts to uncover serious offences are only marginally followed up by the Ministry of Finance in its administration of the Directorate of Customs and Excise. The Storting has previously emphasised the importance of combating organised crime by reducing the distribution of narcotics.
- The Ministry of Finance should provide clearer guidance as regards elevating the priority of combating organised crime, said the Auditor General concerning the audit, which also shows a low volume of seizures for many types of narcotics and currency.
Border control staffing is only marginally adapted to increased traffic on weekends and public holidays. Norwegian Customs and Excise also lacks an overview of traffic at many unstaffed border crossings. There are also significant regional variations in traveller controls.
- The Directorate should consider its opportunities to better adapt its staffing to the traffic volume, and acquire more systematic knowledge on the traffic volume at unstaffed border crossings, says Foss.
Weaknesses in use of tools
The audit also shows weaknesses in the use of key tools, such as IT, control facilities, scanners and anonymous tip channels, which leads to reduced quality in border controls.
- The Ministry of Finance and Directorate of Customs and Excise should review and strengthen control facilities at several border crossings, in order to more efficiently utilise the overall resources, says the Auditor General.
The OAG recommends that the Ministry and Directorate strengthen their work on analyses and evaluations aimed at efficiency and goal attainment in border control.
- With a better knowledge basis, one can more easily secure efficient border control, says Foss.
The Minister of Finance states that the OAG's investigation of border control in Norwegian Customs and Excise is clear and relevant, but that the audit may give the impression that border control is not prioritised. Nevertheless, the Minister states that there is a general need for stronger, better border control, and that this will be facilitated.