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Importation of live animals

If you want to import live animals, you must always contact the Norwegian Food Safety Authority before the animals arrives Norway.

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.

The importation of animals is strictly regulated, and the regulations are changing continuously. 

You must familiarise yourself with the animal health provisions that apply to both the importation of animals in general and the species in question in particular. 

Some of the rules are in common with the EU, while others are particular to Norway.

If you are an importer, you must register through the Norwegian Food Safety Authority's form services.

For trade in live animals within the EU/EEA, and if you want to import live animals from a third country (country outside of the EU/EEA area), you must register yourself in a common EU database called TRACES (EU TRAde Control and Expert System).