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Ocean and Air Freight Shipping From India to Norway

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Updated on 03 Mar 202212 min read

][Coffee, tea, and refrigeration equipment are the goods that enterprises most often export from India to Norway. Whatever products or materials your business needs to ship between the two countries, the information on this page can help make the process easier.

What Are Your Options for Shipping Freight From India to Norway?

Flags of India and Norway to show Shipa Freight capacity to ship from India to Norway You can use an ocean or air-cargo carrier to ship your commodities for import from India to Norway. Whichever transportation mode you choose, there will be upsides and downsides which we’ll deal with on this page.

Ocean Freight From India to Norway

Less than Container Load (LCL): If you don’t wish to hire a container exclusively for your goods, you can share one with other shippers. If you’ve a smaller consignment to send, you may well find this the most cost-efficient way of exporting or importing from India to Norway.

Full Container Load (FCL): Often quicker than LCL shipping, and sometimes less expensive, FCL requires you to pay for the use and transportation of an entire container. You can choose to partially or fully load it. The container will be sealed in India and remain sealed until received by the consignee in Norway.

Air Freight from India to Norway

Air shipping is the quickest way to get freight from India to Norway. It’s often weeks quicker than ocean shipping. But it’s also significantly more expensive than using an ocean carrier.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Cargo From India to Norway?

Calculator to represent the cost of Shipa Freight's quotes Every consignment is different, so pinpointing the cost of shipping cargo from the subcontinent to Scandinavia is difficult. Your freight forwarder will need the following information about your shipping before giving you a quote:

  • What goods you need to ship
  • Their size, weight, and volume
  • If you want them shipped by air, LCL ocean shipping, or FCL ocean shipping
  • How far your goods need to be transported from origin to destination
  • If you require a port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door, or door-to-door delivery service

The cost difference between ocean and air shipping differs little when your consignment weighs less than 100 kg. So you might wish to choose the quicker option (usually air freight). For goods tipping the scales at over 100 kg, ocean shipping usually works out less expensive than air freight. For consignments of 35 kg or under, contact international couriers for a quote, as most freight forwarders won’t quote for such small shipments.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From India to Norway?

Close to 7,000 kilometers lies between India and Norway as the crow flies. Ocean shipping trade routes to Scandinavia are considerably longer. That’s why sea freight can take anything from 31 to 41 days to reach Norway from India. Air freight shipping is considerably quicker. Allowing for all the logistics required with air cargo, you should anticipate needing four to eight days for your shipments between the two nations to be completed.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Sea From India to Norway?

Below are some examples of the time it takes to ship a container from India to Norway:

  • Kolkata to Oslo – 41 days FCL
  • Mundra to Oslo – 31 days FCL
  • Nhava Sheva to Oslo – 34 days FCL

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Air From India to Norway?

Four to eight days is the usual duration for air freight shipping from India to Norway. Shipments between Mumbai and Oslo can be completed in four days, while you should allow up to eight days for consignments from Chennai to reach Oslo.

Customs Clearance in India and Norway

All goods for export from India to Norway will be subject to mandatory customs processes. There’s no denying that these pose complex challenges to shippers. That’s why many businesses choose to leave this aspect of international shipping to freight forwarders. Using the expertise of a forwarder helps reduce the likelihood of delays, and assures your consignment complies with shipping regulations.

Even when using the services of a forwarder, you will still need to supply specific documentation with your consignment. The key documents customs officials in India and Norway will want to see are:

  1. A Commercial Invoice
  2. A Packing List
  3. A Certificate of Origin
  4. A Letter of Credit or other payment terms (depends on the contract between the parties involved)
  5. A Bill of Lading for ocean freight or Airway Bill for air freight (Shipa Freight will provide this for you)

A license, permit, or certificate may also be required, depending on the nature of your goods for export/import. Your freight forwarder will be able to advise you about this. Either way, for more details about the documents listed above, and to see examples of them, please view our documents list page.

Should You Choose Ocean Freight or Air Freight?

Ocean Freight

Choose ocean shipping and a freight forwarder can arrange port to port transportation of your goods to Norway from India on a cargo vessel. Most sea freight is suited to carriage in a shipping container from India to Norway.

Such containers come in different shapes, sizes, and varieties. 20ft or 40ft-long containers are the ones most frequently used. Your forwarder will help you decide if you need a special type of container—one with refrigeration or ventilation capabilities, for example.

As well as decisions about which container to choose, you must also decide between FCL or LCL shipping. Your choice will often be influenced by the weight and volume of your goods. Here’s some guidance to help you determine which option is best for you:

Considerations for LCL Freight Shipping

LCL is often chosen by businesses that:

  • Are shipping a consignment of 14 CBM or less (that’s the equivalent of six standard pallets).
  • Don’t need their goods to be in Norway urgently.
  • Don’t want the hassle of having to choose a container size.
  • Are shipping products that can be safely transported in the same container as other products.
  • Don’t have air freight as an option.

One possible downside to LCL shipping is the requirement for all goods to be consolidated and deconsolidated. These extra logistics steps often cause LCL shipping to take longer than FCL shipping, which requires no such measures to be taken.

LCL might not be the right choice for your business if:

  • You’re shipping fragile freight or perishables.
  • You don’t want your cargo to be moved or handled more than is necessary.
  • You have a delivery date that’s set in stone.
  • Your goods are large and/or very heavy.

Learn more about Less than Container Load on our dedicated page on LCL Shipping.

Considerations for FCL Freight Shipping

FCL could be ideal for your business if:

  • You need your freight to be in Norway by a specific date.
  • You’re sending a high volume of freight (about half the load capacity of a 20ft container).
  • Your freight is delicate or extremely heavy.
  • You want your goods to remain in a sealed container for the duration of the shipment (although customs officials can open the container if they wish to inspect your goods).

Learn more about Full Container Load on our dedicated page on FCL Shipping.

Air Freight

Choose air shipping to transport your freight from India to Norway if:

  • Your goods are perishable and need to get to Norway quickly.
  • You want to pay less insurance for your consignment
  • Your consignment is valuable and needs the high levels of airport and airline security.
  • Your consignment is a relatively small one—only a few pallets at most.
  • You want to use less packaging for your cargo than you would with ocean shipping.

Learn more about Air Freight on our dedicated page by clicking here.

Ocean Cargo Port Guide

Cargo Ports of Origin in India


Port Facts:

  • Situated North of Chennai on India’s east coast.
  • Easy access to the port via national highways and congestion-free approach roads.
  • Direct port entry for containers that have been factory-stuffed or self-sealed.
  • Features covered and open storage areas with huge capacity.
  • Ideal port of origin for supply chains involving the movement of goods from Chittoor, Tirupati, and Srikalahasti in Eastern India

Owned By: Kattupalli Port Private Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >345,000 TEUs.


Nhava Sheva

Port Facts:

  • Also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), this is India’s busiest seaport.
  • Located east of Mumbai, across the Thane Creek.
  • 32% of all ocean shipping from India to Norway departs from here.
  • Shirts, carpets, and sporting goods are among the most frequently exported goods.
  • FCL shipments to Oslo can be completed in 34 days.

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Regarded as the shipping gateway to Southern India.
  • Facilities include two container terminals, seven quay cranes, and an 885-meter-long quayside.
  • 41 kilometers of internal train line make for easy goods-movement around the port.

Owned By: Chennai Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • The fourth-largest container terminal in India.
  • 11.7% of all ocean shipping from India to Norway originates here.
  • Serves the state of Tamil Nadu, one of Southern India’s main industrial heartlands.
  • The container yard covers six hectares.

Owned By: V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >560,000 TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • The biggest state-of-the-art commercial port in India.
  • Ranked one of the world’s 50-busiest ports for containerized goods.
  • 11.5% of sea freight exports from India to Norway depart from here.
  • Four container terminals boast a combined container-handling capacity of 7.5 million TEUs.
  • FCL shipping to Oslo can be completed in 31 days.

Owned By: Adani Group.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.


Other Ports of Origin in India

Shipa Freight also uses the following ports in India to ship goods to Norway:

  • Hazira
  • Haldia
  • Pipavav
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Kolkata
  • Mormugao
  • Krishnapatnam

Cargo Port of Arrival in Norway


Port Facts:

  • The largest port in Norway.
  • A major transport hub for all of Scandinavia.
  • Infrastructure includes four container cranes and eight stacking cranes.
  • Half the population of Norway lives within three hours of the port.
  • The facility has a 665-meter quayside.
  • FCL shipments from Mundra complete in 31 days and from Kolkata in 41 days.

Owned By: Oslo Ports Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >260,000 million TEUs.


Flying Your Freight: Airport Guide

Airports of Origin in India


Airport Facts:

  • Ranks as India’s biggest air cargo facility.
  • The site covers over 2,000 hectares.
  • Situated 16 kilometers southwest of Central Delhi.
  • Served by 17 freighter airlines.
  • Features two integrated cargo terminals and a logistics center.
  • Handles over 2,000 kilograms of cargo every minute.

Norway Airports Served: None.

Delhi to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Situated 21 kilometers from Chennai city center.
  • Houses facilities for perishables such as flowers, fruit, and vegetables.
  • Has the capacity to handle 1.1 million tonnes of cargo annually.
  • Shipment to Oslo can be completed in eight days using indirect flights.

Norway Airports Served: None.

Chennai to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • The full name of this facility is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
  • Located in Western India.
  • Processes around 900,000 tonnes of air freight annually.
  • A convenient airport for any manufacturer or supplier in Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik.
  • Boasts dedicated storage facilities for temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals.
  • Shipments to Oslo can be completed in four days using indirect flight operators.

Norway Airports Served: None.

Mumbai to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Its full name is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.
  • Situated in Dum Dum, West Bengal, 17 kilometers from Kolkata city center.
  • Ranked the biggest air freight hub in Northeastern India.
  • The cargo terminal covers a 39,150 square meter site.
  • Facilities include four parking bays exclusively for air freighters.

Norway Airports Served: None.

Kolkata to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Serves the capital of Telangana State.
  • Also known as Rajiv Gandhi Airport
  • Opened in 2008.
  • Handles 150,000 tonnes of air freight annually.
  • The airport has a 14,500 square meter cargo complex.

Norway Airports Served: None.

Hyderabad to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Shipa Freight can also help you move air freight from India to Norway via the international airports at Cochin, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Coimbatore.

Airport of Arrival in Norway


Airport Facts:

  • Second-busiest airport in the Nordic region.
  • Located 35 kilometers northeast of Oslo.
  • Covers a 13 square kilometer site.
  • Shipments from Mumbai can be completed in four days and from Chennai in eight days.
  • All arrivals from India will be via indirect flights.

Connected Airports in India: None.

India to Oslo Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Ocean and Air Shipping From India to Norway: Why Shipa Freight?

Choose Shipa Freight as your forwarder and we’ll make it easier for you to import from India to Norway.

You can leave the complexities of international shipping to us. We’re an online-only freight forwarder with expertise that spans global shipping by air and sea.

Our easy-to-use internet platform simplifies your supply chain and gives you full visibility of all your international shipping in one place. Other benefits of choosing us to coordinate your shipping from India to Norway include:

  • Get quotes based on real-time freight rates in seconds.
  • Book shipping online and pay by credit card, debit card, or wire transfer.
  • Gain more time to concentrate on growing your business while we handle customs complexities.
  • Access a friendly customer support team 24/7.
  • Be reassured that your consignment will comply with all relevant shipping regulations.

Know Your Shipping Terminology

Even if you’re new to shipping, you’ve likely already encountered some words or phrases that have left you confused. Understanding what they mean will help you communicate your needs to experts more easily. That’s why we’re featuring definitions of some potentially confusing terms at the end of each of our country-to-country pages. This page’s terms are defined below:

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