Import Car from USA to Norway

Importing a Car from the USA to Norway

Importing Your Car from the USA to Norway? Importing a Car from the USA to Norway starts at a cost of $1,295 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 18-28 days, depending on make and model of the vehicle, the nearest departure port in the USA and whether the destination in Norway is on the east or west coast. Below, our 2020 guide will explore everything you need to know about importing a car from the USA to Norway.

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Read on below for our US to Norway Vehicle Import Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Norway Car Import Costs & Time Frame, US to Norway Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Norway, and other details on how to Import Car from USA to Norway.


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US to Norway Vehicle Import Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to Norway.
  • After you’ve determined that your vehicle is eligible and selected a shipping option, gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    • Transit Document

    • Invoice or Purchase Agreement

    • Original Foreign Registration

  • Understand the costs of shipping a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant Norway State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car import company and preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Norway
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil
  • If you wish to register your vehicle for road use in Norway, you’ll need to get the vehicle plated

More information on the process of importing a vehicle to Norway can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle import process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Norway or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for at least 6 months.

  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to Norway. Your actual tax rate is based on these details. You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles. Our shipping agents can assist you every step of the way – we’re always just a phone call away.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to Norway, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle import to Norway, the vehicle must be declared in Customs.

You’ll need the following documentation:

  • Transit Document
  • Invoice or Purchase Agreement
  • Original Foreign Registration

Things to Consider

  • Upon arrival, obtain customs clearance by paying the applicable value added and greenhouse gas taxes. You’ll receive a Declaration for Tax Calculation and Registration (Form NA-0221), which you’ll need for registration at the Public Roads Administration.
  • After vehicle inspection and approval, you’ll have to pay the one-time registration & vehicle scrap deposit tax.

US to Norway Car Import Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the roll-on/roll-off method from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Oslo, our estimate to Import Car from USA to Norway starts at a cost of $1,295 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 18 – 28 days.

However, the cost to import a car to Norway can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your transport method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and Norway taxes & duties.

Taxes & Duties for Norway Car Imports

Prior to importing a vehicle from US to Norway, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Norway requirements. Anyone importing a vehicle to Norway from the US needs to pay certain duties.

If you are importing a vehicle to Norway from the USA, your car will be subject to local customs duties levied by the Norwegian government, these include:

  • Registration Tax – Calculated based on your vehicle specifications, this is only paid once.
  • 25% VAT – Based on the customs value, paid when you cross the border.
  • Greenhouse Gas Tax – Calculated according to weight of the greenhouse gases in your vehicle’s air conditioning system.
  • Scrap Deposit Tax – Collected with your Registration Tax.

However, in certain circumstances you might be able to gain exemption from paying customs duties and taxes.

  • Temporary residents staying for a year or less can import the vehicle tax and duty free. However, the time period begins upon your arrival to Norway, not when your vehicle arrives. If you’re planning on staying more than a year, all required taxes must be paid.

The amount of taxes and import duties payable when importing a car to Norway from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to Norway, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to Norway Vehicle Import Options

Import Cars from USA to Norway can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.


Roll-On/Roll-Off – Recommended for working vehicles, as your car will be driven onto the shipping vessel and secured for transport in a large cargo area, similar to a parking garage. The only added fees are customs clearance charges, making this our most budget-friendly option.


Shared Container Service – Multiple vehicles are loaded together in one 40ft. container using our industry-leading steel loading system. While there are additional fees compared to our Roll-On/Roll-Off service, you’ll share the added costs of shipping in a secure enclosed cargo container with other vehicle owners. These fees include customs clearance, terminal handling, as well as trucking and unloading charges.

*You might experience a longer wait before your car ships out, as we must wait until the container reaches capacity before shipping. While there might be a longer wait, you’ll have the added security of shipping your vehicle in a fully enclosed container.


Full Container Load – Similar to our shared container service, your vehicle will be shipped in a fully enclosed 20ft container dedicated solely to your car. You’ll have the advantage of not having to wait for container capacity before shipping but won’t be able to share the added costs of terminal handling and unloading charges with other vehicle owners. However, there are many advantages to enclosed container shipping – they offer a high level of security, since they are fully enclosed. Your investment will be protected from the weather and any other damaging elements throughout its journey.

Our shipping specialists will document your vehicle’s condition upon arrival – including the loading process onto the container – with photo documentation which will be available online for your convenience. We utilize an industry-leading steel loading system that doesn’t rely on outdated wood and nails, reducing the risk of damage to your vehicle when loaded into the container.

After your car is loaded and secured, the container door will be locked, and its contents won’t be accessible to anyone until its arrival at the final destination. Since your vehicle will be secured in a fully enclosed container, we invite you to pack and transport additional items inside the vehicle. However, please make sure everything is loaded securely, as we won’t be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Once your vehicle arrives at its final destination in Norway, the container will be accessed by our agent, who will once again document the vehicle’s condition and unloading process with photo documentation. In comparison to our Roll-On/Roll-Off Service, container shipping will be more expedient, due to our frequent weekly departures.

Additional Services


Sourcing vehicles – Take advantage of our many years of experience in the car shipping industry and eliminate the guesswork when buying a car. For a nominal fee, our worldwide network of car buyers are ready to assist overseas clients purchasing vehicles. We can also arrange for expedient and convenient shipping of your new car!


Other services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and Norway

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car transport to Norway, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.

Destination Ports – Norway

Here are the Norway entry ports that we can import your vehicle to:

  • Aalesund

  • Arendal

  • Bergen

  • Bodø

  • Brevik

  • Egersund

  • Florø

  • Haugesund

  • Horten

  • Fredikstand

  • Kristianstad

  • Kristiansund

  • Langesund

  • Larvik

  • Mandal

  • Moss

  • Narvik

  • Oslo

  • Sandnes

  • Stavanger

  • Svelgen

  • Tromsø

  • Trondheim

  • Tvedestrand

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before importing your vehicle to Norway, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods. CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement.

We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in Norway

Vehicles imported from the U.S to Norway must be registered. Before your vehicle can be registered in Norway, it must be approved by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Your vehicle must be either EC type-approved or approved individually at an NPRA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office. Our agents are ready to assist you with any requirements.

Required documents for registration:

  • Tax Calculation and Registration Reporting Form (Form No. NA-0221)
  • Valid Identification
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance

Once registered, you will receive an invoice for the annual motor vehicle tax in the mail. This must be paid within three weeks. The rate varies depending on the vehicle. For the most up-to-date information on tax rates for car imports to Norway, please visit the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

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