Starting April 1st, new rules will apply to the sale and import of goods into Norway from our European production facilities. From then on, 25% VAT will be deducted directly from your Shop sales to Norway.
Until now, goods imported from EU countries into Norway have been subject to a special regulation: no taxes or fees have been charged for goods valued under 350 Norwegian Kroner (NOK). That is why we have not made any deductions from your Spreadshop sales to Norway in the past and have transferred them to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance. This arrangement will change as of April 1st 2020. All imports of goods into Norway will be taxable.
Why is Norway introducing this new regulation?
For a bit of background: Norwegian online and mail-order companies have always been subject to the 25% VAT rule – but not their Swedish or EU competitors. Thanks to this loophole, Swedish online merchants have been able to sell their goods and services to Norway without VAT deduction. This created a competitive disadvantage for Norwegian companies which the new regulation aims to eliminate.
If you have any questions on the subject, please let us know in the comments.