Trade Compliance in Norway

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
Norway is a Member of the EEA (European Economic Area) and applies the whole acquis communautaire except for agriculture and fisheries. Norway seeks to conclude bilateral trade agreements in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) framework.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
Commercial invoice and a bill of lading or an airway bill are required as general import documentation. A certificate of origin is not required unless specified. Certificates are required for the importation of live animals, animal products, plants, fresh fruits, vegetables and other plant materials. .
Free Zones
No free zones. Special provisions and minimal taxation in the Svalbard archipelago.
For Further Information
Customs and Excise Service
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Non Tariff Barriers
Norway is a member of the European Economic Area and applies the European Union trade policy rules, except for agriculture and fisheries. Norway does not have many import restrictions, except for agricultural sector, which remains highly protected with high tariffs, quantitative restrictions and technical barriers. Numbers of products require an import license, for example clothes and textiles. Genetically modified products and biotech products face more restrictive legislation than in EU countries.
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Norway has been complainant in two cases concerning salmon and in one case concerning steel. Cases DS328, DS337, DS254, respectively.
Assessment of Commercial Policy
The WTO pages devoted to Norway
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Find more on about Trade Policy in Norway.

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