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United Kingdom to Norway

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Import Documentation

The EUR-MED certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which 'cumulation' is applicable. The system of 'cumulation' is making it possible to use materials originating in the EU, the EFTA, Turkey, Faroe Islands or any other country or territory which is participant in the European-Mediterranean Partnership. The system of 'cumulation' allows using materials originating in other countries or territories than the exporting country or territory for the production of goods and counting them as originating in the exporting country or territory. These materials must be imported covered by valid preferential proofs and must be originating in countries or territories covered by the system of 'cumulation' of the trade agreement. In case all the requirements are fulfilled the value of the material can be added to the material originating in the country or territory of export.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR-MED)

An invoice declaration EUR-MED can be made out by a so called 'approved exporter' for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

For more information about the status of an 'approved exporter' please see 'Invoice Declaration EUR1'. The exporter making out an invoice declaration EUR-MED must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration EUR-MED has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration EUR-MED shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which 'cumulation' is applicable. For more information please see 'EUR-MED'.

The text of the invoice declaration EUR-MED is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Important: Non-approved exporter using the so-called invoice declaration EUR-MED and paperless invoice must be made aware that the invoice declaration on a paperless invoice is invalid! An originally signed invoice or the EUR-MED document has to be attached to the package.

For more information, refer to "Free Trade Agreements".

The EUR1 certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR1)

An invoice declaration can be made out by a so called 'approved exporter' for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The customs authorities of the exporting country or territory can authorized exporters who frequently exports products under the Agreement to make out invoice declarations irrespective of the value of the products concerned. Exporters granted with such an authorization are referred to as 'approved exporter'. The customs authorities grant him with a customs authorization number which shall appear on the invoice declarati. If the authorization number appears on the invoice, the shipper does not have to issue a signature on the invoice declaration.on.

The exporter making out an invoice declaration must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

The text of the invoice declaration is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Important: Exporters making out invoice declarations but not having the status of an approved exporter with being exempt from signing invoice declarations are unable to use the UPS service of 'Paperless Invoice'. They have to sign off the 'Paperless Invoice' functionality for shipments where they want to use invoice declarations.

Please refer for more information to "Free Trade Agreements".

Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.

An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to prove that his products fulfill the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.

The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs above.

The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) certificate may be used to reduce duties on import shipments from a third party country or territory.
For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

Shipments in the value range 873.00 GBP - 2000 GBP have full and formal individual electronic export declarations which are completed within 14 days of export.

Shipments exceeding 2000 GBP and those that need control on export (for example, temporary exports, return after repair, export licenses) require formal and full electronic export declaration and positive Customs clearance prior to export.

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Norway does not accept transit shipments to be sent to other countries or territories.
Shipments valued greater than 350.00 NOK being sent to hotels, conferences, and exhibitions (dutiable) can only be cleared after contact with the importer. It is highly recommended to state the consignees telephone number or email address for contact purposes on the commercial invoice. A copy of the passport will be needed in cases where the consignee is not a Norwegian citizen. In addition, duty and V.A.T. need to be paid prior to delivery (C.O.D.).

If the invoice value is greater than 80,000.00 NOK, and the importer is not VAT registered, then duty and V.A.T. will need to be paid prior to delivery (C.O.D.). If the importer is VAT registered, the importer has to pay the VAT directly to the Norwegian Tax Agency. This means that the importer only has to pay the duty prior to delivery (C.O.D.). Delays might occur.

Customs Valuation

The customs value has to be the value of the imported goods. The customs value shall be based on the transaction value which is the actual price of the goods plus adjustment for certain elements. Freight charges are the most common element for adjustment.

For cases in which there is no transaction value the methods of valuation based on the framework defined by the World Trade Organization (WTO). For further information please see check the WTO website: www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/cusval_e/cusval_info_e.htm

Undervalued items may cause customs fines for the importer.

Service is provided to every address in Norway, except for Jan Mayen Island (postal code 8099)and Svalbard (postal codes 9170-9179).

Many outlying areas are served by the Norwegian Postal Service, where one delivery attempt is made. If the consignee is not available to accept the package, they need to make arrangements to collect from the post office.

Summary: Additional information on Norwegian Post Office Shipments:

In Norway, many deliveries are made by the local postal service rather than UPS. When the Norwegian postal service makes a delivery on behalf of UPS, the shipment receives a new tracking number, which is loaded in the last scan in eTT and can be tracked at the postal service web page www.posten.no.

Note: If the tracking number does not work, you can try the following solutions when tracking on www.posten.no : If the number in the eTT scan detail screen starts 70 add 370 to the beginning-Search by UPS tracking number-Remove the 1 from the UPS tracking number.

As soon as UPS hands over packages to the Norwegian postal service, we rely on their local distribution and transportation network, which is complex due to many geographical challenges within the country or territory.

For any customer requests, such as intercepting and returning a package back to the shipper or when alternate delivery arrangements are required, UPS must work with the Norwegian postal service in order to fulfill and respond to these inquiries.

As a result, it takes longer to fulfill these requests than UPS customers are used to and in some instances may take up to 3 weeks for the request to be actioned due to the fact that UPS must wait until the Norwegian postal service returns these shipments back to UPS.

When handling customer inquiries on shipments that have been handed over to the Norwegian postal service and could not be delivered, make sure to:

Apologize and empathize as needed-Set the customers expectations by explaining that their shipment is currently with the Norwegian postal service and therefore out of UPS control-Inform the customer we will work diligently to fix the situation and do what is required to resolve their issue, however for undeliverable shipments it may take up to 3 weeks until UPS will be able to return them back to the shipper.

Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

If the invoice value is greater than 10,000.00 NOK, then duty and V.A.T. will need to be paid prior to delivery (C.O.D.).

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from certain cities. However, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (including Spitzbergen) are considered Out-of-Territory and are NOT serviced by UPS.

Please note, many areas of Norway are served by Postal Service and Agents as remote areas. Time in transit for these areas can be up to 11 days. Please check the Time-In-Transit generator for specifics.

For more information on deliveries made by the Norwegian Post Office, please see Door to Door delivery under Additional Clearance Information.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0200/ Fall +0100
Norwegian
Norwegian Kroner(NOK)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party if the importer is not VAT registered in Norway. If the importer is VAT registered, the VAT is no longer stated on the declaration and the importer has to report this directly to the Norwegian Tax Agency and only the duties can be billed to the shipper.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
  • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
  • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party (if not a VAT registered business).
  • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Norway. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

To be classified as antique, the commodities have to be older than 100 years. It can be imported with a reduced duty and VAT amount. Proofs may be requested by customs
Artwork (e.g. paintings, drawings, sculptures) created by artists by hand can be classified as artwork. It can be imported with a reduced duty and VAT amount. Proofs may be requested by customs.

If the artwork is being purchased directly from the artist or from a representative of the artist, the artwork is free of VAT on import into Norway.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Express & Saver Service for the following areas: 4000-9999. Lithium batteries and UPS approved Dangerous Goods does not have same day Express Guarantee as volume is forwarded by domestic line flights (passenger air crafts). One additional day should be added to regular time-in-transit
Any kind of chewing gum requires an Import Permit issued by the Food Control Authority which is obtained by the importer.
An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
Feathers & furs, "unprocessed" are restricted for importation into Norway. The importer call the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management per import shipment 24 hours before arrival of the goods. The shipper must provide an export license for the goods. Customs inspection is required. Import delays may occur.
Foodstuffs are restricted and require approval from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. This applies to companies only.

Due to Norwegian customs legislation all shipments containing foodstuff must be kept on hold until final customs release is given. The importer must alert the Norwegian Food Safety Authority 24 hours before the shipment arrives in Norway. This can be done via the Internet.

All kinds of foodstuff for commercial use must be accompanied by an original health certificate provided by the producer. If UPS obtains the import approval on behalf of the importer, a Brokerage accessorial fee will apply.

Food supplements are restricted and require approval from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. This applies to both, private importers and companies.

Due to Norwegian Customs legislation, all shipments containing food supplements must be kept on hold until final customs release is given. The importer must alert the Norwegian Food Safety Authority 24 hours before the shipment arrives in Norway.

Data shipments require an invoice with the value of the data and the value of the CD-ROM or disk.
The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine for which the part will be used, and a list of the part's components.
Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
The invoice must include a complete description of the sample and indicate if it is marked or mutilated.
The value of the software should reflect the sales price of the software. The value of the data carriers and the intellectual property has to be included.
Most of modern test reagents for diagnostic research are built on antibodies which are generated from animal tissue. There are two types of antibodies, the monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antibodies.

Monoclonal antibodies are generated in vitro. Tissue from animals are taken (e.g. blood) and infected with certain substances or pathogens. The blood cells react with the production of antibodies which are than harvested and used for the production of the test kits. Due to the in vitro production and the controlled way of production those types of test kits are not subject to veterinarian control if it is a commercial production.

Polyclonal antibodies are gained from living animals like rabbits. They are infected with the substances / pathogens and the animals are producing antibodies. The antibodies are harvested from the blood stream of the animals. Test reagents with polyclonal antibodies are subject to vet inspections.

Shipment documents (commercial invoice or declaration on letterhead) should include:

 the place of origin of the material

 the quantity of the material, in weight or volume

 a description of the material/ animal source

 catalogue number and price (if available)

 additives (e.g., sodium azide, glycerol), their source (e.g., whole serum, supernatant, ascites), and purification, if any.

 protocols  the recommended protocol or datasheet indicating any unique fixation, detergent, blocking, or incubation conditions.

 the intended use (commercial/ manufacturing; research/ testing)

 the name and address of the shipper

 the name and address of the receiver

Commercially packaged, ready-to-use In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) containing products of animal of origin, do not require a Vet-inspection, if compliant with Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. A declaration of conformity (CE-marking) must be provided for each individual commodity (e.g. reagents, test kits, immunosorbent assays such as ELISA kits.

No import licenses or any other original documents stating the origin of the items are needed for importation of textiles.

Gift Exemptions

999.00 Norwegian Kroner NOK
individual-to-individual
per shipment

In addition to a detailed description of each item (only stating 'gift' is not sufficient), write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes, if applicable. Multiple gifts can be sent in the same shipment but the invoice must clearly state the name, description of the gift and value for each person. If there are several gifts within a shipment, but one gift exceeds the value threshold, then duty & tax will be applied, but only to this certain gift, not to the whole shipment.

Tobacco Products,Food and Alcholic Beverage cannot be imported free of duty/taxes into Norway as a gift.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Norway must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

Customs clearance can only be made on behalf of a Norwegian importer of record. If the importer of record is not resident in Norway, then he has to assign a fiscal representative who acts on his behalf.

Goods in Transit for oil rigs or ships along the Norwegian coast can only be imported duty & tax free if the shipper clearly states on the invoice "goods in transit"-otherwise, customs and Import Brokerage may not identify those shipments. The name of the rig/vessel must also be stated on the invoice, and preferably owner/flag.

For Temporary Imports, needs to state "Temporary Import" on the Invoice and reason for the temporary import needs to be clearly stated on the invoice.Even if temporary imports are duty and VAT free, the importer not VAT registered must pay VAT that would apply for a normal import.

Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

The consignee's telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice.

For additional information about the correct customs value please see 'customs valuation' in section 'Additional Clearance Information'.

Unacceptable Data Entries

Europe customs authorities have started to inspect shipments on Import Control System (I.C.S.).

Many of the inspected shipments were obviously selected because of the inadequate description of the goods.

This is a reminder that shipments to all European Union member states, Norway and Switzerland, must have a correctly keyed description of the goods on the invoice (for example):

Unacceptable Acceptable
Apparel Men's Shirts, Lingerie, Girls' Vests, Boys', Jackets
Auto Parts Automobile Brakes, Windshield Glass for Automobiles
Electronics Computers, televisions, CD Players, Walkmans, Tape Recorders, Mobile phones, Monitors, Printers
Gifts Dolls, Remote Control Cars Household goods Plates, Dishes, Tableware

A list has been published in the 'Guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable terms for the description of goods for exit and entry summary declarations':

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/customs/policy_issues/customs_security/
acceptable_goods_description_guidelines_en.pdf

UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

The customer, value, description of goods, country or territory of origin, number of items and freight have to be correct according to the commercial invoice.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Documents are dutiable if the shipment exceeds NOK 350.00 in value. The value of the document shipment must be realistic. The minimum value of the documents has to be the production cost of the documents. If the value is missing or is not realistic, customs will apply a customs value of NOK 50.00 per kilo for customs purpose. Document shipments weighing more than 25.0 kilos, shipped without an invoice stating lower realistic production costs, will automatically have a customs value above the deminimis threshold and will be charged with VAT.

Validated airline tickets only.
Only for shareholders or intercompany use.
Only blueprints of no commercial value for a bid invitation (for example, architectural plans to obtain a contract) or intercompany use.
Non-commercial brochures or brochures for intercompany use only.
Document limit: 1 to 15 business cards
Personalized checks only
Personalized Credit Cards to card owner only are considered documents.
Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents up to a limit of 4 kgs per shipment.

Event tickets coming from a printing company and send to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.

If personalized, they are considered as documents. Non-personalized will require an invoice.
The number must be proportional to the purpose.
Negatives, slides, and printing films sent to press or publishing agencies are considered as documents.
Non-documents are shipments where the value includes press or editorial charges. These shipments require an invoice.
Intercompany shipments for intercompany use with no commercial value are considered as documents.
Non-documents are shipments from a publisher or printing company.
Shipments for non-commercial purposes only.
Personalized stationery with no commercial value only. The quantity must be proportional to the non-commercial use.
Must be personalized to be considered documents.

UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Norway.

Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted ISC contract service.

The contractual service covers the customs clearance of alcohol at the port of entry where duty, VAT and excise duty must be paid. No customs clearance but transport under bond from the import site to the customers bonded warehouse is not part of the service. Spirits with an alcoholic strength exceeding 60% are prohibited.

Companies are allowed to import any quantity of alcohol if they can provide an import license issued by the Norwegian Directorate for the Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Problems. Private individuals can import alcoholic beverages without a license for their private consumption only. Resale is not allowed.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to high excise duty rates. There is no low value threshold or gift exemption on alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages must always be declared in a formal entry declaration. Duty, VAT and excise duty applies. Excise duty is calculated on the number of litres and the percentage of alcohol. This information must be shown on the invoice.

Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold and delivered to under-aged persons (18 years for wine and beer, 20 years for alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of the consignee prior to shipping.

Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC)contract.

Electronic cigarettes with nicotine are classified as medicine; import approval is necessary. Electronic cigarettes without nicotine can be imported without additional approval.

Electronic cigarettes are allowed for import to private individuals, if shipped from an European Union (EU) country or territory and contains no more than three months usage.

Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries or territories link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles} are prohibited between the countries or territories selected.
Shipments containing medicine from countries or territories outside of the European Union are not allowed for importation for private individuals.

Medicine originating in the European Union and sent from an EU country or territory can be imported for personal use only if the amount does not exceed three months usage. The correct name of the medicine and the ingredients should be on the invoice. The product has to be marked in Norwegian or the medicines will be destroyed by Customs. Drugs like narcotics, amphetamines or caffeine pills are excluded from this regulation.

Companies always need a permanent import license of the Norwegian Medicine Agency for every variety of medicine they want to import (www.legemiddelverket.no).

Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
Companies & private individuals are allowed to import tobacco & tobacco products, but only if the products are labelled in Norwegian language and a specific layout has been printed on the packaging. To get detailed information, it is highly recommended that the importer contacts the Norwegian Directorate for the Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Problems. Tobacco & tobacco products are subject to high import duties and import delays may be expected.
According to Norwegian customs legislation, shipments from EU countries or territories are being held until customs release. This might result in a delay.

Food supplements are restricted and require approval from the Food and Health Administration if originated from outside of the European Union (EU).

The importer must alert the Food and Health Administration 24 hours before the shipment arrives in Norway, when sent from a non-EU origin country or territory.

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: No

Service Options

Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

  • UPS Express
  • UPS Standard
  • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

Special Clearance Requirements

The customs procedure of inward processing is used for goods who are suppose to be repaired or processed inside Norway and re-exported after repair or processing. For the procedure please check "Temporary Import".
Outward Processing (Repaired Goods returning to Norway)

In order to qualify for any exemption from duties and taxes, certain documentation relating to the initial export of the goods must be submitted with the import entry. The initial export entry must have been correctly processed to indicate that the goods were exported for repair. If the export documentation is either incorrect or not available, duties and / or VAT will be payable on the value of the goods and any repair costs.

The statement "Goods being sent for repair" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice.

Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under warranty" or Goods have been repaired if it is not warranty repair.

To ensure that shipments of repaired goods can be readily identified, the invoice must clearly state "repaired goods" (please also list it in the "Special Instructions Box" of the UPS Waybill) and include the commodity's value before the repair as well as the cost of the repair.

Accessorial charges will apply.

The import clearance of goods returned to Norway can be done without charging duty and VAT. The goods had to be exported within the last two years. The goods must be in the same state like they were at the time of export. The original export declaration is required. The invoice must state the country or territory of origin and the reason for return.

Accessorial charges will apply.

New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.
"Temporary Import" and reason for the temporary import needs to be clearly stated on the invoice. Even if temporary imports are duty and VAT free, the importer without a Deferment account must pay VAT that would apply for a normal import. The VAT is only to be reported by the customer if the customer is VAT registered in Norway. VAT registered customers no longer pay the VAT to the customs or to UPS.

The initial temporary import has to be re-exported within a special export procedure. The initial temporary import declaration has to be presented together with the export declaration to customs within one year from import date to avoid charges.

Accessorial charges will apply.

"Temporary Import" and reason for the temporary import needs to be clearly stated on the invoice. Even if temporary imports are duty and VAT free, the importer without a Deferment account must pay VAT that would apply for a normal import. The VAT is only to be reported by the customer if the customer is VAT registered in Norway. VAT registered customers no longer pay the VAT to the customs or to UPS.

The initial temporary import has to be re-exported within a special export procedure. The initial temporary import declaration has to be presented together with the export declaration to customs within one year from import date to avoid charges.

Accessorial charges will apply.

Value Limits


Private Shipments

  • 350.00 Norwegian Kroner (NOK)
    • Deminimis Value includes cost of freight.

      In most cases, when the value of the shipment is less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free. Deminimis Value does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco items, perfumes and toilet water.

    Commercial Shipments

  • 350.00 Norwegian Kroner (NOK)
    • Deminimis Value includes cost of freight.

      In most cases, when the value of the shipment is less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free. Deminimis Value does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco items, perfumes and toilet water.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


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