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Household goods - import when moving to Norway

If you have lived abroad continuously for more than one year, you may bring most of your household effects to Norway free of duties and taxes.

You may import your household effects free of duties and taxes if

  • you have been abroad continuously for at least one year
  • you have owned and used the objects during your stay abroad, and you will continue to use them in Norway
  • you are importing the objects in connection with moving to Norway

In order to be exempt from customs and duty, you must introduce the household goods within a reasonable time after the transfer. For recreational boats, it is for practical reasons a slightly longer period of one year, see below. The household goods must be for personal use. There are no specific deadlines for how long you have to keep the household goods before it can be sold without letting the customs and tax exemption lapse.

You have to submit the declaration to Norwegian Customs when you arrive in Norway to declare your household goods. If you are unable to be present during customs processing, you must ensure that whoever is transporting the goods for you can present the declaration that is signed by you. The goods will not be processed until the declaration has been submitted and correctly filled in.

In order to simplify customs processing, you should include an inventory list.

The value of the household goods is of no relevance to the relief from import duties and taxes.

The relief from customs duty also applies to import value-added tax (VAT).

Certain goods have special import rules

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