Used goods from industrialised countries have become increasingly sought-after commodities in other parts of the world. However, only good quality used goods that do not contain substances prohibited by law can be legally exported from Norway and EU to Africa and Asia. Your shipment may therefore be classified as «waste» and treated as an illegal waste shipment by waste regulation authorities or customs.
Illegal shipments of obsolete items or e-waste undermine law-abiding recycling businesses in Norway and EU and risk harm to human health and the environment in some recipient countries. It is also generally prohibited under the Norwegian Waste Regulation to export waste to non-OECD countries*.
As a rule, if a shipment is regarded as illegal by a transit country and sent back to Norway, the cost arising from the return of the consignment, including transport, storage and recovery and/or disposal, shall be charged to the exporter pursuant to chapter 13 of the Norwegian Waste Shipment Regulation. The same rule applies to containers or vehicles detained or stopped in Norway.
For more information, kindly peruse this guidance brochure: A guide for Exporters of Used goods.
Below are some examples of illegal waste shipments cases and activities:
Defendants bailed in major e-waste export case
Time to stop our electronic waste being dumped on the developing world
Hazardous illegal waste export to Ghana
Wired for gold
Asia og Afrika - vestens dumpingplass for elektronisk avfall
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Read more about hazardous substances in e-waste.