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Goods with import restrictions

Before importing goods, you must check whether they are subject to restrictions or prohibitions.

Note: An update of this article is pending. Please note that some terms and/or references may differ from the Movement of Goods Act and the Customs Duty Act that enters into force from the 1st of January 2023.

Goods that are subject to restrictions may mean that you have to apply for a permit before importing them, or that special conditions apply to the import of the goods.

Remember that there may also be restrictions in the exporting country, such as the requirement to have an export permit. If you’re unsure whether restrictions apply to the goods in the country of export, ask the seller or the authorities in that country.

Goods that do not have the necessary permits, approvals, or labels may be held by Norwegian Customs and, at worst, be seized and destroyed.

If you cannot find the goods you wish to import in the list below and are unsure if restrictions apply, contact Norwegian Customs by calling +47 22 86 03 12.

Restricted goods

Competent authority


Norwegian Tax Administration   and Norwegian Directorate of Health


Norwegian Tax Administration   and Norwegian Directorate of Health

Foodstuffs, plants, seeds, animals

Norwegian Tax Administration and Norwegian   Food Safety Authority

Endangered animal and plant species (CITES goods)

Norwegian Environment Agency


Norwegian Medicines Agency


Norwegian Environment Agency

Explosives, fireworks and hazardous substances 

Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency   Planning

Weapons, weapons parts, and ammunition

Norwegian Police

Cultural monuments, antiques 

Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage
  Norwegian Ministry of Culture