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Claim a share of the market by registering abroad and give your customer professional service, even if you are not physically present

Consolidate your shipments to non-EU countries

There may be different reasons why B2B companies choose to register abroad.

In Europe, sales between European companies are exempt from VAT, however, in case of special delivery conditions, requests for import in a country other than Denmark or a wish to establish a warehouse abroad, registration in the country in question may be required.

In connection with exports to countries like Switzerland and Norway, there may be competitive advantages in being able to make direct deliveries to the customer (Delivered Duty Paid). It is also easier to access smaller retail segments when registered in the relevant country. A registration in these countries allows you to consolidate your shipments, thereby reducing customs clearance costs to a minimum.

With a professional partner, you can discuss the specific country and utilise many years of experience helping companies get started abroad.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have high shipping costs to non-EU countries

Danish companies selling to non-EU countries (such as Norway and Switzerland) will find that their costs per shipment are high. This is because each sale is often associated with costs not only for transportation but also for customs clearance (export - import). Depending on the specific delivery terms, this might affect the cost level per sale.

In case a Danish company chooses to register in Norway or Switzerland, it will be possible to combine shipments (bulk) and thus keep costs down while improving the service level of local customers because you will be able to deliver right to their doorstep (DDP).

How long does it take to register a company abroad?

There are big differences in how long it takes to register abroad with a VAT number, and there are major differences in the documentation required.

In Scandinavia/Northern Europe it takes about +/-4 weeks, but elsewhere or if it is a very busy period, it takes a bit longer. You might also be required to present some original documents and/or documents approved and signed by a Danish notary.

I have to bring my own tool for a project in Norway, which I have to bring back home. What do I do?

When you need to bring to Norway your own tool for a project, you must have an ATA-Carnet issued. An ATA Carnet is a customs document that replaces import and export papers. At the same time it is also security for customs fees and charges in the countries participating in the scheme. We can say that this is your tool’s “passport”. 

ATA-Carnet allows temporary import of the tool to another country for up to 1 year. And temporary import means that the tool may remain and be used in the given country for 1 year and must then be returned to Denmark before the validity of the ATA Carnet expires.

However, please note that you cannot use an ATA Carnet for building materials. Only for your tools.


What is a Norwegian D-number?

A Norwegian D-number corresponds to the Danish CPR number. However, a D-number is given to foreign nationals (not Norwegian).

If, as a Danish employee, you are working on a construction site in Norway, you must apply for a D-number in order to get an HSE card and thus enter a Norwegian construction site.

IntraVAT helps many companies' employees apply for a Norwegian D-number. Please contact us if you need a D-number.

Do I have to pay tax in Norway?

As a Danish employee who works in Norway, you are not generally subject to taxation in Norway.

You can work in Norway for up to 183 days a year without having to pay Norwegian tax on your personal income (salary).

However, as in Denmark, you must have a Norwegian tax card, which states that you are not subject to taxation in Norway.

If you want to keep 100% control of your personal taxation and avoid ugly surprises, please contact us for a detailed review.

Inventory value at customs clearance

When a company is registered with a VAT number in Norway or Switzerland respectively, the value at which the goods are cleared through customs is not irrelevant.

In case a parent company sends its goods for customs clearance to own VAT number in Norway or Switzerland, incorrect goods value may have major financial consequences. Please contact us in case you need to review your valuation process or if you have been contacted by the authorities for inspection, so that we can help.

You're are more than welcome to contact us, if you have additional questions.

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