Skip to content


You do not pay customs duty or VAT on books for your own private use.

You do not pay customs duty or VAT on books for your own personal use. 

The exemption from VAT also generally applies to: 

  • newspapers and magazines 

  • comicspublished in book form 

  • songbooks 

  • audiobooks with the same content as a printed book 

Exemptions do not apply to books sold together with another product, which are part of a common product unit. 


  • You pay VAT on a book that you order with a t-shirt as a single item with a common price. 

  • You do not pay VAT if you order a book simultaneously with other items from the same store, provided that the book is ordered independently of the other goods. 

It can sometimes be difficult to know what qualifies as a book.  

Examples of what is not considered a book: 

  • Musicsheets 

  • Photobooks 

The administrative responsibility for VAT on imports belong to the Norwegian Tax Administration. Please visit the Norwegian Tax Administration's webpage for further information regarding the exemption of VAT on imported books (Norwegian).