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Find the correct commodity code in the Customs Tariff

The Customs Tariff is a tool for people who wish to import goods to Norway for commerical purposes. To find out whether you need to pay customs duties on your goods, you first need to know the commodity code. 

If you intend to import goods online for personal use as a private individual, you may find out what you should pay in duties and taxes using our import calculator

What is the Customs Tariff?

The Customs Tariff is a reference tool for coding and describing goods (classification). It is available in both paper (Norwegian only) and electronic format. In the electronic version, each commodity code is associated with the relevant duty and tax rates. 

What is a commodity code?

A commodity code is made up of eight digits, the first six of which are international. This means that the first six digits in a commodity code on a foreign invoice should in principle be identical to the first six digits given in the Norwegian Customs Tariff.

The first four digits are called the position. These are shown in bold in the Customs Tariff. The associated text (also in bold) is called the position text. The next two digits are called the sub-position. All eight digits together are referred to as the commodity code.

Example of a commodity code:
61.09.1000 – cotton T-shirts

Why is it important to have the right commodity code?

All taxes are associated with the various commodity codes. The correct commodity code will provide you with the correct customs duty and tax information. If Norwegian Customs carries out a tax audit and sees that you have not declared the item using the right commodity code and have paid too little tax, you may be retrospectively charged an additional amount to cover the difference. Using the right commodity code also means that the official trade statistics will be as accurate as possible, which also benefits the industry.

How do I find the right commodity code?

First you need to know exactly what you will be importing. Some products, particularly foods, can be put together in complex ways. It is therefore important that you have a list specifying the contents as percentages. Incorrect or missing information may lead to the wrong commodity code being used.

What are all the dashes in front of the text for each commodity code in the Customs Tariff?

These are called dash indents. You will often see several commodity codes under one position. These commodity codes may also have different numbers of dash indents. These should be read as follows:

At the first one-dash indent, ask yourself: is the item covered by the text next to the one-dash indent?

If the answer is no, then read the next indent at the same level, i.e. one dash.
If the answer is yes, the one-dash indent has no commodity code to the left of it and the text ends with a colon, you will need to continue reading in the same way until you reach a commodity code.

For example:

You are importing pasta. Heading 19.02 looks like this:

19.02 Pasta, whether or not cooked or stuffed (with meat or other substances) or otherwise prepared, such as spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, lasagne, gnocchi, ravioli, cannelloni; couscous, whether or not prepared.

     -  Uncooked pasta, not stuffed or otherwise prepared: 
.1100  - -   Containing eggs
.1900  - -   Other
     -  Stuffed pasta, whether or not cooked or otherwise prepared:
.2010  - -   Stuffed with, by weight, more than 20% of meat or edible meat offals
   - -   Other:
.2091 - - -   Cooked
.2099 - - -   Other
     -  Other pasta:
.3001   - -   Cooked
.3009   - -   Other
.4000    -  Couscous


As you can see, pasta is mentioned at several points in the position. To find the right commodity code, you therefore need to know what kind of pasta you will be importing. In the example, the text in bold shows you how to find the right commodity code for uncooked pasta stuffed with less than 20% meat by weight: commodity code 19.02.2099.You can look up that commodity code to find out what the rate of customs duty is and what taxes and restrictions apply to the commodity code.

It can sometimes be difficult to find the right commodity code. You are welcome to contact Norwegian Customs by phone: (+47) 22 86 03 12.

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