Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Selling online in Norway has long been an attractive opportunity for most EU webshops, but the trouble of shipping to a country outside the EU, with the technicalities and costs involved, has stopped many.
This will change as of April 1. 2020. Norway will launch a VOEC-scheme (Vat on e-commerce) that will simplify the process of selling online to Norwegian consumers from within EU. The Norwegian authorities has been developing the platform and the processes since Christmas, and the new solution is now ready for pre-registering here.
Do you need help with the registration don't hesitate to contact us. Here is what we know about the VOEC-scheme at this point:
After registering to the VOEC-scheme you will receive a unique VOEC-number which must be added to all packages sent to Norway.
Consumer goods incl. fashion products with a product value below NOK 3.000 (300€) can be imported without import tax via the VOEC-scheme.
Products with a value above 3000 NOK cannot be imported via the VOEC-scheme.
Foodstuffs and goods subject to excise duties cannot be imported via the VOEC-scheme.
The VOEC-scheme is for consumer import only, B2B import is not possible.
Companies using the VOEC-scheme have to do quarterly Norwegian VAT declarations.
You can only have one active model, either a VOEC-setup or a local subsidiary/branch.
Specific logistics partners can ensure that all required info is electronically transferred to the Norwegian Tax-authorities.
Formalities and requirements about return handling in connection to the VOEC-scheme is still unclear.
What we recommend
First of all, we recommend you stay tuned. You can find detailed information about the VOEC-scheme here
If you are planning to launch your shop in Norway or if you are already selling in Norway and don’t already have a Norwegian branch (NUF), a local entity or subsidiary, the VOEC-scheme can be the right solution for you, taking the above bullets into consideration.
If you already sell to Norway using a NUF or a local entity, we recommend you wait and see what happens after the 1. of April. The new model might be the right for you, but there is no guarantee that it will be smooth and effective from day one.
Do you need help or just our take on your challenge, don't hesitate to contact us.