Export and import

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Here you will find information on support and advising as a result of the coronavirus.

On this page you will find information about:

  1. Customs
  2. Advising
  3. Corona Response Desk
  4. Guarantees
  5. Financing
  6. Information and support from the EU
  7. Temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden 

Customs

At Swedish Customs website you can read about how import and export can be affected by the coronavirus. Swedish Customs has also published answers to frequently asked questions regarding how trade and transport of goods can be affected.

Import and export at the Swedish Custom (in Swedish)
Frequently Asked Questions at the Swedish Custom (in Swedish)

Preferential treatment with the support of copies

Several countries have informed the EU that they currently cannot issue preferential treatment certificates as originals, but instead use copies. At the time of import, the Swedish Customs will in exceptional cases due to the coronavirus accept copies of certificates from certain countries. This applies to certificates issued no earlier than March 1, 2020. When the pandemic is over, companies in the EU need to make sure to get their original certificates instead of these copies.

You can only use copies from the countries on one of the lists below. The lists are updated by the European Commission.

List of PEM countries that issue copies

List of other countries that issue copies

If you are having difficulty obtaining a certificate at this time and cannot or do not want to use a copy, certificates can also be issued afterwards if there are special circumstances.

Make sure your copy of an original certificate is signed and stamped by the proper authorities of the exporting country. A certificate that has not been signed and stamped can instead be valid with a digital signature from the proper authorities, or a copy thereof. In both cases the copies can be either in paper or electronic form (scanned or available online).

Guidance on customs issues related to the COVID-19 emergency at the European Commision

Preferential treatment with the support of copies at the Swedish Custom (in Swedish)

Advising

If you have questions related to export or trade with other countries you can, for example, contact Business Sweden or the Enterprise Europe Network for guidance and support. You can also get help with specific country information.

Business Sweden 

Enterprise Europe Network

Corona Response Desk

To support your company in managing corona-related risks on international markets, Business Sweden offers guidance and 24/7 support in three key areas: secure global supply and logistics chains, defend your market share and client relations, and get your local coronavirus impacts under control. 

Corona Response Desk at Business Sweden

Guarantees

Exporting companies can turn to the Swedish Export Credit Agency (Exportkreditnämnden, EKN), which has different types of guarantees. EKN's guarantees insures the risk of not getting paid and facilitates the possibility of obtaining loans through banks in connection with export transactions.

To further facilitate Swedish companies access to financing as a result of the coronavirus, EKN now offers improved opportunities for operating credits for smaller companies with a turnover of up to SEK 5 billion. EKN has also developed a new guarantee for business financing for large companies and their subcontractors.

The Swedish Export Credit Agency

A new EU decision enables EKN to temporarily insure short risks in export transactions within the EU and to high-income countries such as Norway and the U.S. Previously, it has not been allowed for state actors. The new decision applies to transactions with credit terms for less than two years.

New decision about export transactions at the Swedish Export Credit Agency (in Swedish) 

Financing

The Swedish Export Credit Corporation's loan has been increased from SEK 125 to 200 billion and can be used to give both government supported and commercial credits to Swedish export companies.

The Swedish Export Credit Corporation offer loans to Swedish export companies and their subcontractors to export companies with annual sales of at least SEK 200 million.

The Swedish Export Credit corporation

Information and support from the EU

The website of the European Commission includes information on what support and measures are being taken by the EU due the coronavirus. Also, transport recommendations and macro analyzes of the economy is included. 

Ensuring the free flow of goods and services at the European Commission 

Economy and entrepreneurship at the European Commission

Temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden 

The Swedish Government has decided to extend the temporary entry ban to EU via Sweden until 7 July 2020. Some categories can be exempted from the ban, for example people who transport goods and seasonal workers in food production in agri-, forestry- and horticulture. Necessary deliveries of, for example, food and medicines should not be affected.

Questions and answers - temporary entre ban to the European Union via Sweden at the Swedish Government 

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