The Norwegian government announced changes from specific duties to ad valorem duties for six tariff lines comprising beef steaks and fillets, lamb carcasses and hard cheeses.
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Norway Plans to Change Import Tariffs
Dairy and Products
Livestock and Products
Trade Policy Monitoring
Mary Ellen Smith
The Norwegian government announced changes from specific duties to ad valorem duties for six tariff lines
comprising beef steaks and fillets, lamb carcasses and hard cheeses. Changes take effect from 1 January 2013.
The effect on U.S. trade is limited but it will disadvantage higher quality/priced products.
The Government of Norway (GONO) announced to change specific duties to ad valorem duties for six tariff lines
comprising beef steaks and fillets, lamb carcasses and hard cheeses (see table below). Changes take effect from
1 January 2013. In addition the GONO proposes:
-An import quota of 500 tons beef steaks and fillets from developing countries at reduced duties.
-Fourteen import cheeses are exempt from the switch to ad valorem duties.
For the official press release of October 8, 2012, go to:
HS Code Description Duty Proposed
2012 Duty 2013
0201.3001 Boneless beef, fresh or chilled, steaks and fillets 119.01 344%
0202.3001 Boneless beef, frozen, 119.01 344%
steaks and fillets kr/kg
0204.1000 Lamb, carcasses, fresh or chilled 32.49 429%
0204.3000 Lamb, carcasses, frozen 32.49 429%
0406.9091 Cheese, other, unpasteurized 27.15 -
(1) Cheese, other, unpasteurized kr/kg 277%
0406.9099 Cheese, other 27.15 277%
0406.9092 Appenzeller, Beaufort, Comté, Gamle Ole, Grana Padano, - 27.15 kr/kg
(3) Gruyère, Le Vieux Panè, Morbier, Munster, Parmiggiano
Reggiano, Queso Manchego, Pecorino, Saint Albray, Västerbotten
Kr = Norwegian Kroner. 1) Tariff line 04.06.9091 is discontinued, and is replaced by tariff line 04.06.9098. 2) New tariff line. 3) New tariff
line for the exempted unpasteurized cheeses. The duty for these cheeses is 27,15 kr/kg in 2012.
The annual export value of U.S. meat and dairy products to Norway under the affected HS codes, is limited (see
table below). During, the past six years, trade under these codes ranged between US$ 0 (2010) and US$
199,928 (2008). As the import duty will be changed from specific to ad valorem it is anticipated to disadvantage
higher quality/priced products, such as U.S. high quality beef. However, specific duties could work to the
advantage of U.S. cheese.
U.S. Export to Norway (US$)
HS Code 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Jan-Aug
0201.3001 10,588 20,364 0 0 17,634 55,207
0202.3001 105,935 20,089 0 0 0 30,489
0204.1000 0 0 0 0 0 0
0204.3000 0 0 0 0 0 0
0406.9091 0 0 0 0 0 0
0406.9099 2,559 159,475 2,145 0 106,965 0
Source: GTIS (Statistics Norway)