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Private importation of tobacco and snuff

There are strict rules for the importation of tobacco products and new tobacco products by private persons. In practice, it is not possible for private persons to import any tobacco products, since there are strict labelling requirements.

Note: An update of this article is pending. Please note that some terms and/or references may differ from the Movement of Goods Act and the Customs Duty Act that enters into force from the 1st of January 2023.

Labelling requirements: 

  • The products shall be labelled with a warning (§ 30 of the Tobacco act).
  • The label text shall be in Norwegian. The Norwegian Directorate of Health interprets this strictly, and there is no opportunity to set aside the provision on their part.
  • All the products shall satisfy the labelling requirements, except for the quota that travellers can import free of customs duties and taxes or smaller quantities that can be brought along as baggage. (§ 9 of the Regulations on the contents and labelling of tobacco products).

Snuff not containing tobacco or nicotine is not regarded as a tobacco product.

You must pay taxes on importation. You must also pay taxes on tobacco products that you receive as a gift. 

If you import tobacco products, new tobacco products, tobacco surrogates and tobacco equipment in violation of these provisions, Norwegian Customs may detain, seize and destroy the products.

See § 43 of the Tobacco Act