The best guide for a successful relocation
Shipping and removals in Norway
Norway 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.
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