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If you purchase goods from a country outside the EU, it is regarded as importation. When you import, you must pay customs duties and possibly other charges and report import VAT. You must also submit an import customs declaration to Swedish Customs.
Handbook for importing to Sweden
The Handbook for Importing to Sweden is intended for those who plan to start an import business, want to further develop their import activities, or have general questions regarding import. The Handbook for Importing to Sweden is published (in Swedish) by Chamber Trade Sweden.
The Norway-Sweden Border Service
The country outside the EU we have the most trading with is our neighbour, Norway. The Norwegian-Sweden border service has coordinated information from public authorities in both Sweden and Norway. The information is intended for companies that want to undertake assignments, trade with customers, or establish a company in Norway.
Øresund Direct Business
Øresund Direct Business is a guide for companies that are conducting or planning to start-up business operations in the Oresund region. You will find information here about the recruitment of employees, forming companies, plus the market and trade between Denmark and Sweden.
Nordkalotten’s Border Service
Nordkalotten’s Border Service has customers in Finland, Norway and Sweden. The service provides relevant and up-to-date information that assists companies that operate on both sides of the border. In addition, the Border Service works to remove barriers to border trade.
Sales in free circulation – Free movement of goods
After the customs clearance, a product is available in free circulation and can be sold throughout the EU/EEA area. One precondition is that it is lawful to sell the product in Sweden.
For some goods, the EU has common and basic requirements in terms of health, environmental protection and safety. Such goods must be CE marked. The importer is responsible for ensuring that the goods are CE marked and that they comply with the requirements for the CE mark.
When you import goods that are not encompassed within EU rules, the product requirements that are found in Swedish rules and regulations are applicable.
If you would like to find out what rules exist for goods in Sweden, contact the Contact Point For Goods. In Sweden, this is located at the National Board of Trade.
For certain goods, special rules and regulations will apply. These must be taken into consideration when you want to transport the goods into Sweden from either a country outside or within the EU. In some cases, you may need a licence or authorisation. Contact the responsible authority for the area.
- Agricultural products (Swedish Board of Agriculture)
- Alcohol (National Food Agency) (in Swedish)
- Medicines, herbal remedies and certain supplements (Swedish Medical Products Agency)
- Endangered animals and plants (Swedish Board of Agriculture) (in Swedish)
- Radioactive substances (Radiation Safety Authority)
- Textiles and iron and steel products (National Board of Trade)
- Grains and pine trees from Russia (National Board of Trade) (in Swedish)
More examples of goods where there may be special rules can be found on Swedish Customs’ website. Information about which public authorities you should contact is also available there.
Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth