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Open a Jewelry Business in Norway

Open a Jewelry Business in Norway

Updated on Wednesday 03rd October 2018

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Open-a-Jewelry-Business-in-Norway.jpgThe jewelry sector in Norway is expected to have a total value of $ 230 million (NOK 1,88 billion) at the level of 2018. This sector is very well developed in terms of imports, which have increased since 2016 – from NOK 836 million, to NOK 894 million in 2017
 
The imports concluded by this country take into consideration jewelry products, goldsmiths’, silversmiths’ and other types of products that are manufactured from precious metals. Our team of lawyers in Norway can advise on the import-export regulations available for these types of products. 
 

What are main requirements for the import of jewelry products in Norway? 

 
Businessmen who want to open a company in Norway that sells jewelry products and also performs import activities have to take into consideration several requirements related to the materials used by the manufacturers of such products. In order to import jewelry products into Norway, it is necessary to obtain relevant documents from the suppliers and manufacturers, which attest the quality, safety and any risks that are associated with using these products, as follows: 
 
  • obtain certificates of analysis, test reports and certificates of conformity for the imported products;
  • if the products do not comply with the Norwegian standards, the company purchasing the products is required to notify the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning;
  • verify if the jewelry products contain any lead of mercury – for example, the latter is banned from usage in Norway, with the exception of electronics products that contain it;
  • verify if the products contain nickel, which is highly allergenic for a large part of the Norwegian population; as per Products Regulations, Section 3-5, nickel is banned in products that come into contact with human skin
 

Are there any hallmarking requirements in Norway? 

 
Yes, businesses which manufacture precious metal jewelry are required to comply with the Vienna Convention (Hallmarking Convention), signed in 1972 by numerous European countries, including Norway. Our law firm in Norway can provide in-depth information regarding this document. Hallmarking is a compulsory requirement for any company that manufactures jewelry and other products made of gold, silver and platinum
 
Hallmarking is imposed for gold articles that have a weight above 1 gram; in the case of silver articles, the hallmarking is imposed when the weight of the product is above 7,78 grams, while for platinum products, the regulation is applicable for any weight above 0,5 grams. It is also necessary to know that Norway also applies responsibility marks; investors are invited to contact our team of Norwegian lawyers for more details.