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State aid: ESA clears Norwegian duty exemption for the import of low-value goods

13.7.2016

PR(16)31 

EN  |  NO 

The Norwegian import duty exemption for low-value goods imported by consumers does not constitute state aid, according to a decision taken by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA).

In October 2015, ESA received a complaint concerning the exemption in Section 5-9 of the Norwegian Customs Act, which provides that no import duties are payable for goods which cost less than 350 NOK including transport and insurance costs. According to the complaint, the exemption amounts to unlawful state aid. After receiving the complaint, ESA invited the Norwegian authorities to provide comments.

ESA has examined the case and concluded that the measure does not constitute state aid.

In essence, ESA found that the measure does not favour certain undertakings or the production of certain goods, as required by Article 61(1) of the EEA Agreement. ESA found that the exemption has the effect of expediting and simplifying the customs clearance process. It is thus  necessary for the functioning and effectiveness of the Norwegian custom system. Consequently it must be considered as justified by the nature and general scheme of the system.

Document

·         Decision 155/16/COL

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Ásdís Ólafsdóttir
Communication Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 97
mob. (+32)(0)490 57 63 49




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