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What happens next?

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 2024, when direct transport is discontinued and digital reporting is introduced for all modes of transport in January 2025.

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.

The proposed timeline, which has been sent out for public consultation, can be found here


About the declaration obligation and plan for phasing out direct transport

01/01/2023

  • 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.

  • Transitional scheme, stage 1: For a transitional period, direct transport will still be possible without declaring the goods before or at crossing the border. Goods that are transported directly to the consignee, must be declared within 10 days. 

  • While declarations for goods placed under the customs warehousing are not required from this date, it will be possible to submit a declaration for the procedure for customs warehousing for those who wish to do that. This will also apply to goods transported directly to the consignee, which means that businesses may start the transition earlier than the regulations require.

September/October 2023

Transitional scheme, stage 2: Option of direct transport to consignee will still be available. Declarations are now required before or at border crossing for customs warehousing procedure, both for goods transported directly to the consignee and for goods placed in a customs warehouse. The declaration for the procedure for customs warehousing will require fewer data items than the declaration for the procedure release for free circulation.

March 2024

Transitional scheme, stage 3: Direct transport is phased out for all modes of transport.


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:

November 2022:
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for border crossing by road at the customs offices at Ørje and Svinesund. If you have not used this solution before, but would like to start, please contact us here.

From 01/01/2023:
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for other customs offices by road and ferry go live as they are ready.  See an updated deployment plan here.

01/10/2023:
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for all air freight.

30/06/2024:
Option to submit digital notification and disclose information upon arrival to the Norwegian customs territory for sea and rail freight.

January 2025:
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. 

About entry summary declaration – Import Control System 2(ICS2)

01/03/2023:
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". 

01/03/2024:
Entry Summary Declaration in ICS2 required prior to loading for sea, road and rail cargo (ICS2 release 3).