During the past year, Norwegian Customs has consulted with several industry actors on how the transition to digital reporting before or at border crossings should be implemented. The new system is gradually introduced, until March 2025, when direct transport is discontinued and digital reporting is introduced for all modes of transport.
Norwegian Customs has currently introduced digital customs for a limited number of commercial actors at Svinesund and Ørje. Many will be familiar with this concept as express clearance. That solution will be transferred to a new platform and will be continued as part of digital customs as of November 2022.
Norwegian Customs has introduced digital customs on several border crossing on road and ferry, and all transport on all platforms will be gradually integrated into the digital solution.
The proposed timeline, which has been sent out for public consultation, can be found here
About the declaration obligation
1. January 2023
- New customs legislation enters into force.
- The main rule is that all goods must be placed under a customs procedure, and a declaration must be submitted before or, at the latest, at crossing the border.
- For a transitional period, direct transport will still be possible without declaring the goods before or at crossing the border. Goods that are transported must be declared within 10 days.
General requirement for digital notification and disclosure of information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for all modes of transport before or at border crossing.
The new revised introduction plan gives the business community almost two years to make the necessary adjustments until the direct driving scheme is discontinued. Nevertheless, the Norwegian Customs Authority wants companies to connect to the Digitoll solution as soon as they have the opportunity. This will give time to adapt internal routines and gain experience in our own value chain. Digitoll/registration and information is now voluntary and is already available for road transport across the largest border crossing points (Svinesund and Ørje) and will be made available at other border points for road transport beyond 2023. You can see a detailed rollout plan for ferry, plane, sea and rail below.
About digital notification and disclosure of information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory
System support for digital reporting is being developed. Timeline for when system support is available for various modes of transport:
9. November 2022
- border crossing by road at the customs offices
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for all ferries:
21. March 2023
2. May 2023
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for all air freight.
1. October 2023
Sea and railway
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for sea and rail freight.
30. June 2024
In 2025 Digitoll will be available for export
About entry summary declaration – Import Control System 2(ICS2)
Requirements for an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) in the Import Control System ICS2 are expanded (ICS2 release 2). Carriers must provide an ENS on all goods transported by air conveyance from a third country, i.e. a country outside of the security zone, which is comprised of the customs territories of the EU, Norway and Switzerland. This includes postal, express and general cargo consignments, and advance cargo information is required both prior to loading and prior to arrival. If necessary, it is possible to apply for a gradual implementation of ICS2 in a transitional period from 01/03/2023 to 02/10/2023. Please contact your systems provider/IT division to access the solution. Developers: please go to "Technical information".
Entry Summary Declaration in ICS2 required prior to loading for sea, road and rail cargo (ICS2 release 3).