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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:
- Corona Response Desk
- Information and support from the EU
- Temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Temporary entry ban to Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark
From midnight on 22 December until 21 January 2021, or until further notice, a travel ban to Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark applies. There are exceptions to the ban, for example people who transport goods or the like. Swedish citizens are not covered by the ban.
The Swedish Government has decided to extend the temporary entry ban to EU via Sweden until 31 Mars 2021. 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.
The government has decided on a new exemption from the travel ban for those people who, after Brexit, are entitled to residence status in Sweden. The change applies to entries after 31 December 2020.
Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth