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International Moving Company to Norway

Published on Aug 03, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

Norway is an exciting and beautiful country, rich in natural resources and endless shores. If you like winter or fish, you’ll love Norway.

SDC International Shipping is an international moving company to Norway, specializing in moving Americans to Norway for family and business. So if the idea of literally endless summer nights appeals to you, talk to us about moving you to Norway.

What’s on this page?

01 | International Household Moving to Norway
02 | International Car Shipping to Norway
03 | Norway Customs and Regulations
04 | Moving to Norway from USA Checklist
05 | International Shipping Options

International Household Moving to Norway

Norway has a radically different lifestyle than that of the United States. Many Americans are looking for someplace they can live without having to give up their modern lifestyle, Norway is a good alternative for those who love the great outdoors, beautiful landscapes, and long vacations. When moving to Norway from the United States you should bring all of your personal goods and effects with you. 

First on the list of things that have to bring is your furniture. The American furniture that you are used to is of superior quality and should fit into your new Norwegian home. While Norway has a lot going for it, not everything you want is available there, and deliveries for things bought on the web are not as simple as they are in the US. Many homes in Norway are spacious and should be able to accommodate all of your household goods, so stock up on the things you need and ship them together with the rest of your goods.

This includes not only clothes and homewares, but also your cooking and kitchen utensils, luxury items, artwork and decorations, and more. We recommend taking almost everything outside of major home appliances that won’t work in Norway.

SDC specializes in international household moving to Norway. We know exactly how to relocate your household from the United States to Norway. No matter the size of your shipment, we will make efforts to take reduce your shipment size and take advantage of your shipping budget. Your beds and tables will be carefully disassembled and then wrapped for protection. Once in Norway, they will be carefully reassembled when our movers deliver them. Wood furniture will be wrapped to protect from scratches along the way. Stone and metal things will also be protected.

If you have any fragile items that will require special care, use SDC’s professional packing service. We know how to protect your valuables, as there is a high probability of damage during shipping. (If you pack things by yourself, you won’t be able to purchase damage insurance). Special boxes can be brought by our movers for artwork or mirrors if you decide to order the packing service. 

Most of your appliances won’t work in Norway, and there is little reason to send them. However, electronics should work fine there and you should bring them to Norway with you. Some of the things that you will want to include in your shipment are your computer, its monitors, gaming consoles, TV screens, phones, and most small appliances. Check if your appliance accommodates 220 v electricity input.

International Car Shipping to Norway

You can ship your car to Norway, however, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Customs, there is no tax holiday for returning citizens who have lived abroad and you will be charged 25% VAT for the vehicle. We recommend that you check prices, you might still find that it is a good idea to send your car. However, unlike other countries, you can send cards that are new, as you won’t be receiving a tax exemption in any case.

That said, Norway is a land of endless shores, and if you own a boat, you can send that. Norway allows for the import of one of the recreational boats. You might need a really big container, but you can bring them without tax! Few boats will fit into containers, most are shipped on their trailers, on the ship deck in a method known as RO-RO (roll on roll off).

Do you own a recreational boat? If you do, you definitely want to bring it to Norway with you. Most boats can be sent to Norway. If you qualify for duty-free import, you must have lived 5 years abroad and owned the boat for at least one year. Duty-free boats can be up to 15 meters longs and you won’t be able to sell them for at least two years after your arrival in Norway. Other boats will be charged VAT.

Read more: What to Expect When Moving to Norway

Norway Customs and Regulations

Norway is a member of the European Economic Area, which means that some customs and regulations are subject to the official European Customs Union policy. This website provides the current official policies of Skatteetaten (Norwegian customs authority) in English. It is always a good idea to call the closest consulate of Norway to ask specific questions. 

Only used goods can be imported to Norway without paying taxes. New or unused items are subject to Norwegian VAT of 25%. Also, large amounts of a particular item that do not appear to be for personal use might be taxed.

You can bring your animals with you to Norway. If you have a horse, you will be exempt from paying VAT and customs duties on it if you can show that you lived outside of Norway for at least a year and that the horse was owned by you during this time. See this site for Norwegian Horse regulations. Dogs and cats can also be brought to Norway, subject to anti-rabies and anti-echinococcosis vaccination.

Moving to Norway from USA Checklist

There are some steps that need to be taken long before SDC International Shipping comes to pick up your belongings for shipment to Norway. Arrange for:

  • Residence Permit. Consult this site to start your process of requesting a residence visa or call the closest Norwegian consulate. You don’t have to have the permit to move, but you will need it for importing your shipment duty-free.
  • If you are moving to Norway to work, either as the representative of an international company or at the request of a Norwegian company, you will need to show your offer to work and documentation of a place to live in Norway. 
  • Rules are different for citizens of most European countries. If you or your spouse is one, consult the closest consulate of Norway.
  • You should try to bring as complete a set of school records as possible. This will help you both now, and in the future, if children or grandchildren will want to request American citizenship.
  • Diplomas, professional certificates of qualifications and degrees should all be taken with you. Don’t forget to make quality digital copies of them.
  • If you are bringing a pet, don’t forget to document immunizations and obtain a recent veterinary bill of health.

Read more: 10 Best Countries to Move to in Europe

International Shipping Options

Norway has always been a nation of sea bearers, since before the times of the Vikings. Norway’s numerous ports service is a major industry. It is little surprise that the preferred method of shipment to Norway is via sea cargo. Air cargo to Norway is also very developed. With numerous planes entering and leaving Norway daily, we can quickly send shipments there, but the cost is high. We usually do this only for businesses with small shipments.

Many people send full container loads to Norway. Both 40’ and 20’ containers are available for door-to-door service from origins anywhere in the United States. For smaller shipment sizes, we recommend using SDC International Shipping’s own groupage consolidation method, combining together the shipments of several clients into a large container.

There are companies that specialize in doing only consolidations, and while they are cheaper than containers, the cost per cubic foot of cargo is high with many hidden fees. Because of the large volume of clients whose cargo we send to Europe, we can make our own consolidations, passing on the savings to our clients. Ask your relocation specialist about them.

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