International trade

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On these pages, you will obtain an overview of what happens when you trade with companies in other countries. For example, there is a difference between trading with countries located within the EU and those outside the EU.

World Trade Organisation

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) develops rules for world trade via global agreements that are equal to all members. The primary purpose of the WTO is to ensure that trade between countries goes as problem-free as possible.

Read more about the WTO and world trade rules

Trade with countries within the Europe Union - EU countries

EU member states have a customs union and a common market, which means that the same trade rules apply in all countries. There are also some areas within the EU that are exempted from the Customs Union.

Read more about trade with customers in EU countries

Trade with countries outside the Europe Union - non-EU countries

When you trade with non-EU countries, other rules apply than for EU countries. For example, you must declare all goods moving between Sweden and a non-EU country.

Read more about trade with customers in non-EU countries

Things to think about

When you are going to do business with other countries, there is a lot to think about. It can be useful to do a risk analysis before you commence importing and/or exporting.

Read more about what you should consider with international trade

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