You must pay 25 per cent VAT when buying cosmetics from abroad.
Many people buy make-up, shampoos, lotions, perfumes and skincare products from foreign online stores. These are goods that you are permitted to import to Norway.
What does it cost to import cosmetics?
Shipments with a value of less than NOK 350 including freight and insurance are exempt from VAT.
If the shipment has a value of NOK 350 or more including freight and insurance, you must pay 25 per cent VAT.
There is no customs duty on cosmetics and skin and hair care products.
The shipping agent, such as Posten, generally demands payment for customs clearance work (often called price for simplified customs clearance, customs clearance fee or handling fee). This is not a fee to Norwegian Customs, but a payment to the shipping agent.