Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Norway.

For further information, visit the Norwegian Directorate of Customs and Excise.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

Trade is regulated by a number of agreements and rules, such as the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement and World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. They set out the conditions for selling goods and services, including what tariffs and duties are to be included in the price paid by the consumer in Norway.

The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods, please consult Norwegian Customs.

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from the EU. For more information, visit trade in organic products.

For legal reasons, all information given is always non-binding and relates exclusively to the customs regulations that apply in Norway.

Non-tariff barriers

Imports on a number of items are restricted. For more information on import licensing, quotas and restricted goods, visit Norwegian Customs.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Through the EES treaty, Norway is a part of the EU single market and is included in the EU laws regarding products such as:

  • toys
  • machinery
  • medical technology products
  • pharmaceuticals.

Packaging

To reduce the impact on the environment, the EU has required legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste. For more information, visit the European Union website.

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Labelling

All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation.

Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information, visit EUR- Lex Food Safety.

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from the EU. For more information, visit trade in organic products

Medicines are subject to special labeling requirements determined by the The Norwegian Medicines Agency.

Special certificates

Health certificates issued by the approved authority in the country of origin must accompany shipments of animals, plants and their products. Hay, straw and similar products used for packing must be accompanied by a sanitary certificate signed by a veterinary authority, public notary or similar authority and certified by a Norwegian consul.

The majority of imports may enter free from restriction; however, import licences are required for a limited range of items. When required they are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and in certain cases, by the Ministry of Fisheries. The validity period is usually not less than three to six months, depending on the terms of sale.

A state owned firm, Vinmonopolet, has the retail monopoly on alcoholic beverages.

Information on exporting and export documentation regarding animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations can be in Euro or Norwegian Kronor (NOK) or a currency as agreed between parties.

The majority of import transactions by Norwegian customers, especially those involving large distributors, take place under seller-buyer terms, such as the common 30, 60, 90 day accounts, or payment against documents. The most popular payment mechanism by which importers remit payment to their foreign suppliers is via electronic funds transfer.

The letter of credit is still used in some industry sectors, but now covers a fraction of total imports. Largely due to its cost and time requirements and the ease in obtaining credit ratings in Norwegian, which increases transparency and transactional safety.

Documentary requirements

Pro-forma invoice

This may occasionally be requested by the importer.

Commercial invoice

No prescribed form and a minimum of two copies are required. The invoice must include:

  • the name and address of seller (supplier) and consignee
  • the date of the invoice and purchase
  • the number, type and gross weight of packages
  • the kind and quality of goods
  • an invoice price for each item (showing freight and insurance separately)
  • discounts and rebates
  • conditions of payment
  • terms of sale and delivery
  • the date the invoice was prepared and the contract signed.

Many importers are authorised to use a Simplified Declaration Procedure (Immediate Release System) and may have special requirements about the presentation of invoice data. Veterinary certificates and/or plant protection certificates are required for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

Bill of lading

Normal commercial practice. Bill To Order are acceptable.

Packing list

Required for and facilitates customs clearance.

Certificate of insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Weights and measures

Metric measurements (grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres) are used when selling packaged or loose goods. 

Public health requirements

Subject to detailed regulations and controls, the following imports must be accompanied by special certificates:

  • livestock (other than horses, dogs and cats)
  • foods
  • animal products
  • plants and plant products.

Specific requirements should be checked with the importer. For more information, visit Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Imports of drugs, pharmaceuticals and nutritions are strictly controlled. For more information, visit The Norwegian Medicines Agency.

Insecticides, fertilisers, additives and other potentially dangerous chemical substances for general sale are restricted by law. Substances have to be approved and registered with Norwegian government agencies after testing to determine whether the product is safe for normal trading.