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Registration of goods and internal transit of containers arriving by vessel

Customs warehouse keepers who receive containers by vessel can now apply for permission from Norwegian Customs for these to be sent in internal transit without opening them and registering the goods in the containers. Customs warehouse keepers seeking such permission must apply with the Movement of Goods Division and document the need.

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.


For placement in a customs warehouse, the customs warehouse keeper shall register all goods in the customs warehouse accounts and keep accounts of all goods in the customs warehouse.

Furthermore, the customs warehouse keeper shall notify Norwegian Customs by submitting a journal of observations in case of discrepancies between goods that arrive at the customs warehouse and the freight documents.

Permission to forward container unopened to another customs warehouse

Norwegian Customs may grant the customs warehouse keeper that receives containers to be forwarded to another customs warehouse permission to send the containers in internal transit to the customs warehouse concerned in an unopened state. Such permission may only be granted, on application, if it is not possible to obtain information on the contents of the container in order to keep complete customs warehouse accounts pursuant to the regulations.

Applications regarding permission for internal transit of unopened containers shall be sent to the Movement of Goods Division in Norwegian Customs. Contact us

The following requirements must be met in order to be granted permission:

  1. The applicant must be in possession of a type A customs warehouse license.
  2. The applicant must document that the permission is necessary for the business activities

The permission is a part of the customs warehouse license and shall be stored as an annex thereto. Established provisions concerning operation of type A customs warehouses also apply to the additional permission.

Customs warehouse keepers with permission shall goods register each container and keep customs warehouse accounts based on the information that is possible to obtain.

A domestic consignment note shall be used as internal transit document.

In order to be able to track the transport of the container, the receiving customs warehouse keeper shall send a confirmation of goods received with a new goods number to the previous warehouse keeper. The previous warehouse keeper can then sign it out of their warehouse accounts.

The final warehouse keeper opens the container, checks the contents against the freight documents, registers the goods in their customs warehouse and writes a journal of observations in accordance with the regulations.

No permission?

Customs warehouse keepers without permission to send containers in internal transit must comply with the main rule of opening the container, registering each individual consignment and writing a journal of observations.