The lowdown on sending parcels to Norway

It may not come to mind before Spain and France when discussing typical British holiday destinations, but more than half a million people travel from the UK to Norway every year. Situated on the western side of Scandinavia, this vast country offers a mix of spectacular natural scenery and fascinating culture that keeps people coming back again and again.

Not everyone who makes the 700-mile trip comes back, either. Official figures show there to be around 14,000 Brits living permanently in Norway, with a similar number of Norwegians spread across the British Isles.

With this in mind, it's easy to see why there's a demand for delivery services to Norway. Before you send anything, though, you might want to consider the following.

Customs documentation

To many people's surprise, Norway isn't actually a member of the European Union (EU), so anything arriving into the country will be treated just as it would had it arrived from any other continent. This means you'll need to complete the right customs form and attach it to your package.

If the contents are worth £270 or less, you should include the white form CN22. Everything else must be sent with form CN23, ideally inside of a secured plastic wallet attached to the front.

Restrictions and prohibitions

Norway's restricted items list contains many of the things you'd expect to see. Obvious examples include live animals, explosives, radioactive elements, asbestos, weapons and narcotics (unless prior permission has been granted by the relevant scientific research body). On top of these, you should also refrain from sending:

- Cereals and seeds
- Plastics
- Spray cans
- Pharmaceutical products of any kind
- Any drink with an alcohol content above 60%

On the whole, though, Norway's import restrictions are relatively relaxed, with nothing major out of the ordinary showing up. It is a member of the Universal Postal Union, though, so further information can be found on the body's website.

Final thoughts

Norway isn't exactly far from the UK, but you'll want to take every precaution to make sure your package arrives safely at its destination, whether that be Oslo or Orkanger. First, focus on making sure your item is packaged securely by taking a box that is slightly bigger than its intended contents, and then filling the gaps with bubble wrap or tissue paper.

Once this is done, use some strong parcel tape to cover all openings, and remove any excess tape. The final step is to address the package, either directly or on a separate piece of paper. If you choose the latter, cover it in a plastic wallet or clear tape to ensure it's not damaged in transit.

With the address written clearly as normal, and 'NORWAY' in large, capital letters on the last line, your item is ready to send!

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