Shipping and Removals in Norway

Shipping to NorwayNorway is has one of the world’s biggest shipping industries, so getting your belongings to Norway is easy and safe. The issue lies in cost, which can be quite high, both into and out of Norway. (Postage is more expensive than in most other countries). When shipping goods to Norway, beware of customs. You won’t be taxed on your moving shipment, other than your vehicle. However, if you reside in Norway, you will be taxed on items shipped to Norway; unless they are used items, certain gifts, or printed material. There is a saying that Norwegians fear customs agents more than terrorists.

You can order items from abroad for a value up to 200 NOK (excluding shipping) before you are taxed. If you receive a gift, it can have a value of up to 1,000 NOK before being taxed. When travelling to Norway, typical travel items like clothes, cameras, and personal goods can be taken through customs in Norway duty-free, without having to be declared, as long as the total value does not exceed NOK 6,000. The rule is that you must stay out of the country for more than 24 hours. If you are gone less than 24 hours, you can only bring in 3,000 NOK worth of goods. Norwegian customs allows you to bring currency up to a value of NOK 25,000 before it has to be declared. Traveller’s Cheques are excluded from this rule. Food and alcohol have strict limits, and surpassing those can incur import tax, as well as large fines if discovered.

When moving to or from Norway, either hire a moving firm that knows the regulations, or make sure you find out the expectations placed on your shipment. You will have to pay for shipments that wait at the dock, and you may wait a long time for your goods to pass through customs. Make sure that you insure your goods, as accidents can always happen. Independent regulatory bodies like FIDI will help you find reliable moving companies; quality accreditations ISO 9002 and FAIM will guarantee high standards of quality and service. Several destination services and moving companies work with relocation and moves to Norway.

Bringing your pet to Norway

Moving with pets to NorwayNorway is a member of the Pet Travel Scheme, which allows dogs, cats and ferrets from any of the countries covered by the PTS to enter Norway without quarantine, provided they meet certain customs requirements. The most important thing to know when taking your pet to Norway is that three types of pet regulations exist, depending on whether you enter Norway from Sweden, from an EU country, or from a non-EU country.

If you want to bring small rodents, caged birds and rabbits, you will need an import permit from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Snakes are illegal to own as pets in Norway. If you decide to bring your pet, you’ll have to visit your vet before you travel in order to obtain a veterinary certificate or EU pet passport (Pet Travel Scheme Certificate), showing your pet has received the required treatments listed below:
  • A microchip
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Deworming of tapeworm (1-10 days before travelling and again within 7 days of arrival)
  • An antibody blood test

Getting through the vaccination process and vet forms can take three or four months; so if you want to take your pet to Norway, plan early. Tattooed dogs and cats don't qualify since 2011, and will need microchips.

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