Shipping and Removals in Norway

Norway has one of the world’s biggest shipping industries, so getting one's belongings to Norway is easy and safe. The issue lies in cost, which can be quite high, both into and out of Norway, as postage is more expensive than in most other countries. When shipping goods to Norway, beware of customs. One won’t be taxed on moving shipment, unless it's a vehicle. However, if a person resides in Norway, they will be taxed on items shipped to Norway; unless they are used items, certain gifts, or printed material. 

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 a specified amount. 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, a person should either hire a moving firm that knows the regulations, or make sure that they understand what is expected. A person will have to pay for shipments that wait at the dock, and they may wait a long time for the goods to pass through customs. Insuring goods is recommended. 

Bringing a pet to Norway

Norway 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 a pet to Norway is that three types of pet regulations exist, depending on whether a person enters Norway from Sweden, from an EU country, or from a non-EU country.

If a person wants to bring small rodents, caged birds and rabbits, they will need an import permit from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Snakes are illegal to own as pets in Norway. Expats will have to visit their vet prior to travelling in order to obtain a veterinary certificate or EU pet passport (Pet Travel Scheme Certificate), showing that the pet has received the required treatments listed below:

  • A microchip

  • Rabies vaccination

  • Deworming of tapeworm (1-10 days before travelling and again within seven days of arrival)

  • An antibody blood test

Getting through the vaccination process and vet forms can take three or four months; so it is recommended that expats plan in advance.

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