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GSP - Generalized System of Preference

The Norwegian GSP-scheme provides exporters from developing countries duty relief when exporting goods to Norway. On this site you can find out if your products qualify for duty free import or reduced duty rates.

The GSP-scheme has been implemented for about 90 countries and territories, of which 35 are ranked among the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). LDCs benefit from more preferential treatment than other countries included in the system, the so-called GSP+ or ordinary GSP-countries.

Note: in order for a product to be granted preferential tariff rates, certain standards must be met. 

These goods are included in the system

All goods exported from a LDC are duty free when imported into Norway. GSP+ will receive a better offer than the ordinary GSP-countries. You will get duty free access for goods under Chapters 61-63, as well as 50 per cent and 100 per cent duty free access for certain agricultual goods.

For the other developing countries included in the system (ordinary GSP-countries), goods sorting under Chapters 25-97 in the Norwegian Customs Tarif are duty free, with the exception of certain textiles in Chapters 61-63. For agricultural products, regular duty rates are reduced by 10 to 100 per cent. Below you can find out which goods are included in the system and the tariff preference they are granted.

gsp_2013_list-1.pdfList 1 - 100 per cent reduction (192 kB)

gsp_2013_list_2.pdfList 2 - 100 per cent reduction of the industrial element (39 kB)

gsp_2013_list-3.pdfList 3 - 15 per cent reduction (104 kB)

gsp_2013_list_4.pdfList 4 - 10 per cent reduction (148 kB)

gsp_2013_list_5.pdfList 5 - 50 per cent reduction (32 kB)

gsp_2013_list_6.pdfList 6 - 30 per cent reduction (WTO-quota) (27 kB) 

gsp_2013_list_7.pdfList 7 - list of exeptions (16 kB)


In addition to the preferences stated in List 1-6 above, GSP+ will receive a reduced duty rate of 50 and 100 per cent on certain agriculture goods and textiles. 

gsp_50percent_english.pdfAgriculture goods with 50 per cent reduced tariff rate (17 kB) 

gsp_100percent_english.pdfAgriculture goods with 100 per cent reduced tariff rate (58 kB) 

gsp_textiles.pdfDuty free textiles (18 kB)

Quotas for agriculture products

There are two types of quotas that apply within the GSP-scheme.


For GSP+ and ordinary GSP-countries, a 30 per cent reduction of the regular tariff is granted when importing within the global WTO-quota. See List 6 above.

Tariff free quota

Producers in Botswana and Namibia are granted an annual tariff free quota of 2700 tons of meat from bovine animals (fresh, chilled and frozen boneless meat). For producers in Swaziland the quota is set at 500 tons.

  • This applies for commodity codes 02.01.3001, 02.01.3009, 02.02.3001 and 02.02.3009

Producers in Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland are granted an annual tariff free quota of 400 tons of meat from sheep and lamb.

  • This applies for commodity codes 02.04.1000 - 02.04.4300.

In additional it is granted an annual quota of 500 tons of meat from bovine animals from GSP+ and ordinary GSP-countries. The duty rate is fixed at 107,11 Norwegian kroner per kg.

  • This applies for commodity codes 02.01.3001 and 02.02.3001.

All quotas are issued on a first come, first serve basis.

The Direct Transport Rule

As a rule, goods shall be transported directly from the GSP-country in question to Norway upon request by an identified Norwegian importer (a Norwegian consignee). However, goods may be transported through one or more other countries on the condition that they have remained under customs surveillance during transit or storage. They must not undergo other operations than those designed to keep them from deterioration.

Further, when shipping GSP-products through the European Community or Switzerland, re-exportation of GSP-products, either as a whole or split consignment, is also allowed. As such, in order to save transport costs, whole shiploads may be shipped from a GSP-country to a central store in the European Community for later distribution to other consignees in Europe.

List of working or processing rules

This list describes the working or processing required to be carried out on non-originating materials in order that the product manufactured can obtain origin status. The first two columns in the list describe the product obtained. The working or processing required by a rule in column 3 needs to be carried out only in relation to the non-originating materials used.

Please take note that this list also contains goods that are not a part of the specific product coverage.

processlist.pdfList of working or processing rules (237 kB)

Proof of origin

To obtain GSP preferential treatment for a product on importation to Norway, the originating status must be proven by a satisfactory proof of origin - either

  • certificate Form A or
  • a statement of origin if the value of the originating goods does not exceed 60 000 Norwegian kroner, or if you are an exporter registered in The Registered Exporter System (the REX-system).

You must fill out Certificate Form A satisfactorily in either English or French. It must be certified by the customs authorities or other competent bodies in your country.

The statement of origin is to be added by you on the invoice or any other commercial document. No certifying from the customs authorities or other competent bodies in your contry will be needed.

In cases of uncertainty regarding preferential treatment, the proof of origin will be returned to the GSP-country for verification. If no reply is received, normal duty rates will be applied.

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