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Container Shipping to Norway

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Updated on 29 Nov 20227 min read

Norway is another big importer of goods, especially along the lines of machinery, plastics, furniture, and pharmaceuticals. In 2019, it imported a total of $86 billion worth of goods from countries such as China, Germany and the United States.

If you want to expand your reach to Norway, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we discuss everything you need to know to ship a container to Norway, including your options, estimate costs and transit time, Incoterms, customs clearance, and more.

What are your options for container shipping to Norway?

Shipping a container to Norway requires shipping by sea, in which you have two options: either LCL or FCL.

Less than Container Load (LCL) to Norway

LCL shipping is more economical because you share the space in a standard container with other sellers. Your goods will be consolidated and shipped together. While it is cheaper, it can however make your transit time longer.

Full Container Load (FCL) to Norway

On the other hand, full container load shipping is more expensive because you get to enjoy exclusive shipping. You own the space of your entire container and can ship anything you need without worrying about it getting mixed with consignments from other sellers. However, this also means the FCL is more expensive.

How much does it cost to ship a container to Norway?

The cost to ship a container to Norway would depend on a variety of factors. These include:

  • Type of goods you are shipping
  • Your choice of shipping service (LCL or FCL)
  • Weight of your cargo
  • Volume of your cargo
  • Distance between your port of origin and destination
  • Movement type (door-to-door, port-to-port, etc.)

Your freight forwarder should be able to give you a more accurate number. Request a free quote from them.

What type of cargo can be sent in a container?

Ocean freight allows you to ship any type of cargo because it has less restrictions compared to air freight. They can accommodate anything from food to toys and clothing, as well as vehicles and machinery. However, one thing you need to be aware of is the rules in Norway. Check if they have any prohibitions or restrictions when it comes to goods that you can import.

How long does it take to ship a container to Norway?

Shipping a container to Norway can take anywhere from 23 to 54 days depending on factors such as your chosen mode of ocean freight, how far your origin is from Norway, and whether your ship has a direct route or has multiple stops. Below is a table of estimated transit times per country of origin:

Country of Origin|LCL Transit Time|FCL Transit Time| ------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |----------:

China|36 to 43 days|44 to 54 days India||31 to 41 days Indonesia||41 days United States|23 days

What container capacity do I need for my cargo?

Ocean freight containers usually come in sizes from 20 feet to 45 feet. Specifically:

  • 20-foot - 33.2 CBM
  • 40-foot regular - 63.5 CBM
  • 40-foot high cube - 76.4 CBM
  • 45-foot high cube - 86 CBM

The size of container that you should choose would depend on the measurements and volume of your cargo. However, we advise that if you are selecting LCL, it’s best to make sure that your cargo does not occupy more than half of a standard container. Otherwise, it may be cheaper to simply select FCL.

If FCL is your chosen mode of shipment, you don’t need to worry about the size and volume of your cargo. The entire space is yours so you can use it as you please.

20' container

40' container

Which mode of ocean shipping should I choose, FCL, LCL, or Break Bulk?

Selecting the right mode of ocean shipping can help ensure an economical and stress-free shipping experience. Here are some things to consider to help you choose:

Less Than Container Load (LCL) Shipping to Norway

LCL is right for you if your cargo is:

  • Small in size or quantity
  • Not delicate or fragile
  • Suitable for frequently movement or handling
  • Suitable for consolidation with other cargo
  • Not required to arrive in Norway in the shortest period of time possible

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping to Norway

  • FCL is a better option for cargo that is:
  • Large, bulky, heavy, or overweight
  • Fragile, delicate, or perishable
  • Safer in isolation
  • Not suitable for frequent handling and movement
  • Expected in Norway within the shortest transit time period available.

Break Bulk

If your cargo cannot fit in a standard container, your freight forwarder may recommend break bulk shipping where your goods will be separated and shipped individually.

Customs Clearance in Norway

Customs clearance will require you to present documents to support our shipment before it can be admitted for import in Norway. Below are the documents that you need:

  • Commercial invoice
  • Letter of credit/ other payment terms
  • Packing list
  • Certificates of origin
  • Import licenses
  • Bill of lading or airway bill, provided by Shipa Freight

We have a full documents list that you can refer to for the required documents and examples.

Which Incoterms would be the right choice for my shipment?

Incoterms govern your responsibilities and liabilities throughout the shipping process. Here are some Incoterms you can use:

Best Incoterms for Exporters

CPT (Carriage Paid To): The seller must bring the goods to the agreed destination and carry out a contract of carriage. The seller is liable until the goods have been handed to the carrier.

CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid To): Similar responsibilities as CPT, but with the added requirement on the seller’s part to obtain insurance.

DAP (Delivered At Place): The seller should deliver the goods to the buyer’s selected location and is responsible for the majority of the shipping process.

DDP (Delivery Duty Paid): The seller is responsible from the beginning to the end of the shipping process. This leaves the buyer with minimal responsibilities.

FCA (Free Carrier): The seller must deliver the goods to the carrier and shoulder the costs of customs.

Best Incoterms for Importers

FCA (Free Carrier): The seller must deliver the goods to the carrier and shoulder the costs of customs.

EXW (Ex Works): More responsibility is put on the buyer’s part, from picking up the goods at the seller’s premises or warehouse to arranging transport.

Processes to follow to ship a container to Norway

We recommend that you engage a freight forwarder to ship a container to Norway easily and successfully.

If you select LCL as your mode of ocean freight, your goods will be consolidated with cargo belonging to other sellers. Together with FCL shipments, they will undergo fumigation to get rid of pests, insects, and other harmful organisms.

When the goods arrive in Norway, they will go through customs clearance, which should be a breeze as long as you have presented the right paperwork. Once they have been cleared for import, they are ready for pickup or delivery.

Main container ports of arrival in Norway


The port of Oslo is the biggest port in Norway that contains two container terminals and storage space spanning 2600 square meters. It allows for the easy transport of goods to areas within its vicinity, as well as in Bjerke, Lambertseter, and Ullevaal.

Owned By: Oslo Ports Authority Annual Container Volume: >260,000 TEUs UN/LOCODE: NOOSL

Why Ship a Container to Norway With Shipa Freight?

Experience an easy and stress-free shipment with Shipa Freight, a digital-first freight forwarder. We have a digital platform where you can conduct all actions that pertain to your shipment, from requesting a quote to tracking your cargo. Experience hassle-free shipping with us today. Request a quote.

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