Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 07/18/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**

Import Tariffs - Norway
Norway (with Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein) is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). EFTA members, except Switzerland, participate in the European Union (EU) single market through the European Economic Area (EEA) accord.

Norway's tariff rates are largely based on percent ad valorem of the c.i.f. (cost, insurance freight) value of the shipment. However specific per unit rates (e.g., Norwegian Krone/kilogram) are charged on a few items.

Norway: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Woven Fabric
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
0 - 10.7
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 10.7


Travel Goods





For more detailed tariff information, see the Toll og Avgiftsdirektoratet (Norwegian Customs and Excise Authority). See also the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Norway applies a 24 percent VAT (value added tax) levied on the c.i.f. value, including the customs duty (if any), excise duties and other fees and charges.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Samples may be imported into Norway free of customs charges if they are of little or no commercial value, or if they have been made unfit for use. Samples may also be imported temporarily by using the ATA carnet.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Norway)

As a general matter, Norway has implemented or is in the process of implementing most EU trade policies and regulations. To determine if a license is required for a particular product, check the TARIC, which can be searched by country of origin, Harmonized System (HS) Code, and product description on the interactive website of the Directorate-General for Taxation and the Customs Union.

To determine if a product is prohibited or subject to restriction, check the TARIC for the product for the following codes:
  • CITES Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species
  • PROHI Import Suspension
  • RSTR Import Restriction
For further information on prohibited and restricted imports to Norway, contact the Norwegian Customs Authority.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Toll og Avgiftsdirektoratet - (Norwegian Customs and Excise Authority)

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the website.

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Import Restrictions (Norway)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Norway

EU legislation harmonizes mandatory requirements for product safety throughout the European Economic Area - EEA, covering all 28 EU member states and including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. With appropriate certification, goods travel freely within the EEA. However, products tested and certified in the United States are likely to have to be retested and re-certified to EU requirements due to the EU’s different approach to the protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment. Where products are not regulated by specific EU technical legislation, they are always subject to the EU’s General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), as well as to possible additional national (i.e., specific country) requirements.

The following are the main regulations that may apply to textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods:
  • General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) - 2001/95/EC
  • CE Marking
  • REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) - EC1907/2006
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC (re. occupational/safety clothing and footwear)
  • Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) - EU 528/2012 (amending regulation 334/2014)
  • European Labelling Directives (see section on Labeling)
See the EU country report for more information on these regulatory requirements.

Be aware that there is a national directive on prohibition of highly flammable textiles in Norway that may be relevant.

The use of the flame retardant DecaBDE is banned in textiles and upholstered furniture.

Local standards organization and other resources:

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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Labeling - Norway

Textile products must be labeled with fiber content and care instructions. The inclusion of size and country of origin is optional. The information must be in Norwegian. All labels require metric units although dual labeling is also acceptable.

As a member of the European Economic Area - EEA, Iceland complies with EU directives (see Labeling - European Union).

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Market Information - Norway

No specific information is available.

U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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