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United States to Norway

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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.

Products Of Animal Origin are goods which contain at least partly material derived from the body of an animal. These products can be divided in food or non-food.

Food means any substance, whether processed, semi-processed or raw, which is intended for human consumption, but does not include cosmetics or substances used only as pharmaceuticals.

Non-Food (not intended for human consumption) includes animal by-products, animal feed, samples for testing or research purposes (food-grade or non-food grade), and in vitro diagnostics (IVD).

Animal products and animal by-products are often subject to a veterinary inspection. These products can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC). In addition those products must undergo veterinary checks at an approved Veterinary Border Inspection Post (BIP) when entering the EU & EFTA countries or territories (EU regulations are aligned for EU countries or territories and NO; IS; CH; LI).

For UPS shipments arriving in the EU by air, Cologne is the first point of arrival /BIP. Inspections will be processed at Cologne but final customs clearance process will be issued in the destination country or territory.

Additional charges for Vet-inspection will be applicable  see Brokerage Services and Charges.

Import requirements:

Generally, each type of Product of Animal Origin has specific import requirements that must be met. Food which is subject to veterinary inspections must:

Come from an EU listed Third Country or Territory (no safeguard measures in place)

Come from an EU approved establishment . Registered producers are listed under the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/food/international/trade/third_en.htm

Be accompanied by appropriate Health Certificate(s), signed by a veterinarian of the competent authority of country or territory of export. Photocopies of the Health Certificate will not be accepted.

Be appropriately packaged and labelled, indicating the nature, ingredients, quantity/ weight, the country or territory of origin and manufacturer.

Any foodstuff coming from non-approved establishments, sent as samples for testing purposes, can only be imported with a permit/license from a respective national veterinary authority. The permit/license must be send to the border inspection point responsible for the veterinary inspection. Delays may occur as the license needs to be provided already at the time of inspection.

Any non-compliant shipment must be returned at shippers expense immediately. The following exemptions apply to non-commercial shipments / gift shipments or purchased by private individuals for private consumption):

Meat, meat products, animal fat - max. 10 kg from Faroe Island and Greenland.

Fish and fish products (with intestines and organs removed) - max. 20 kg from all third countries or territories; no limitation from Faroe Islands.

Other animal products (for example, honey, egg, frog, live mussels - max. 10 kg from Faroe Islands and Greenland, and max. 2 kg from all other third countries or territories).

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.

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. UPS can apply for the import permit on behalf of the importer and a Brokerage accessorial fee will be charged.
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.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

A complete description of the sample, including whether it is marked or mutilated, must be included on the invoice.
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.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (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 calculated on the amount of beverage and the percentage of alcohol. The information must be shown on the invoice.

Alcoholic beverages cant 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.

UPS provides International Dangerous Goods Service for shipments between the U.S. and Norway by contract only.

Accessorial charges will apply for the following:

  • Hazardous Materials Class 9 (HAZ)
  • Hazardous Materials All Other Classes (HAN)
  • 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).

    Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
    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.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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