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Import/Export

Japan to Norway

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

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

Private individuals are allowed to import alcohol into Norway for personal use only without an import permit.

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.

Alcohol cannot be sent to a company as a gift.

Alcohol is subject to high import excise duties (for example 1 bottle of wine valued at 5.00 Euros costs approximately 17.50 Euros in duty and VAT, plus import license application fee of 48.00 Euros).

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

Electronic cigarettes are classified as medicine; import approval is necessary.

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

Shipments containing medicine from countries 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 can be imported for personal use only if the amount does not exceed three month usage. The correct name of the medicine and the ingredients should be on the invoice. 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).

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
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 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.


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