Exporting to Norway

Question posted by Steve Tonkin, on behalf of Richard Bowness Ltd in LA22

Am I right in thinking export UK to Norway that duty is payable 25% to a possible distributor as Norway is outside EU.

Also if you do trade shows in Norway and the bil has VAT on you have to pay?
thanks in advance.

we are looking to export our chainsaw sawhorse.

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Howard Marsh, on behalf of Descartes in SO40.

Norway is outside of the EU so you could be liable to import duty. If this is for a trade show and reyturn to the UK after the exhibition, then it may be possible to get what is called an ATA Carnet which will allow for the temporary export from the UK, temporary import in Norway and re-import back in to the UK and have the duty and VAT suspended and not paid, if the conditions of the carnet are met in full. You should discuss that with local Chamber of Commerce or the third party (logistics provider) you are using to take the goods to Norway.

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Hello Steve,
In order to work out the percentage of import duty applicable you have to work out the tariff code for your product. See https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/sections

You can then look up the requirements for Norway on http://madb.europa.eu/madb/datasetPreviewFormATpubli.htm?datacat_id=AT&from=publi

The origin of the product can make a big difference to the duty payable so it is important to take that into account as well as it can reduce the import duty to zero in some cases.

If you need any further information don't hesitate to ask either through this site or directly.



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Steve Tonkin, on behalf of Richard Bowness Ltd in LA22.

Hi Susan
Yes we have found the Tariff we are non descript metal items! These have no duty tariff, just the VAT @ 25%
We have been selling to BENELUX and Norway is a great place to us so. I'm now just going through the looking and sorting out Norway!

I've found out More about Countries in the EU but outside at the same time! I like the style of Norway.

Thank you both for the answers

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Howard Marsh, on behalf of Descartes in SO40.


If you are going to be exhibiting then this company use our customs declaration software and specialise in exhibition shipments EFI Logistics 01444 871314 they maybe able to help you further with the physical and customs process in and out UK / Norway for the movement.

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Howard Marsh, on behalf of Descartes in SO40.

as per Susan's reply it would appear there is no customs duty, which would be based on the commodity code (classification of goods) , but Norway have a VAT rate of 25% (i.e. the UK have a VAT rate of 20%). If you want to avoid paying import VAT into Norway (effectively to Norwegian Customs) then if it is going to be a temporary admission i.e. re-exported within a certain period, then you need to ensure either a suitable Customs Procedure Code is declared on the import customs declaration. Or as I mentioned you explore the use of a Carnet. The exhibitor organiser may have an appointed logistics provider who can help in this regard.

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Donna Whelan, on behalf of UKTI North West in M17.

Hi Steve
Hope the following helps

If the goods are of EU manufacture then they will get into Norway duty free providing an EUR1 form (from our export docs section) is presented to Norwegian customs. Low value sales (<€6000) just need an invoice declaration. If the goods are not of EU origin then duty is usually payable, amount depends on tariff code. Imports into Norway also have 25% VAT levied on the total invoice cost including transport and duty. This VAT should be paid by the importer who can offset against the VAT charged on the resale of the goods (just like the UK).

Trade show services are VATable in Norway.

VAT may be recoverable, depending on the transaction and their VAT rules. There are companies that can do it for you as it’s quite a long process. See these links:
Note that recovering EU from other EU member states is much easier now as it can be done by application to HMRC. See this link:

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Darren Thomas, on behalf of Simpex Freight Management in LS15.

Good afternoon.

We have outstanding full load and part load trailer prices to Norway at the moment.

If we can help in anyway please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards.

Darren Thomas Business Development Manager
Tel: 0113 3970 461
Mob: 07979140007
Email: darren.thomas@simpexfm.com

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

I would suggest that you contact the Norwegian Customs authorities regarding import charges.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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