Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Sweden.

For further information, visit Swedish Customs.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariff

Sweden is part of the harmonised trade system of the European Union (EU) and importing and exporting are covered by EC Regulations.

Since the completion of the internal market, goods can circulate freely between Member States. The Common Customs Tariff (CCT) and applies to the import of goods across the external borders of the EU.

The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods, please consult Swedish Customs.

For legal reasons, all information given is always non-binding and relates exclusively to the customs regulations that apply in Sweden.

Non-tariff barriers

Imports on a number of items are restricted. For more information on import licensing, quotas and restricted goods, visit Swedish Customs.

Imports of food and agricultural products from outside the EU covered by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP goods) are often subject to customs duty and quotas and may require a licence or certificate.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Certification, labelling and packaging must meet EU requirements. For more information on current requirements, please see the European Union website http://europa.eu/index_en.htm.

Packaging

To reduce the impact on the environment, the EU has required legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste. For more information, visit Product labelling and packaging.

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). For more information, visit CE marking.

Labelling

All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation.

Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information, visit EUR- Lex Food Safety.

Medicines are subject to special labeling requirements determined by Medical Products Agency.

Special certificates

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from the EU. For more information, visit the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Information on exporting and export documentation regarding animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations can be in Euro or Swedish Kronor (SEK) or as agreed between the parties.

For more information on current requirements, visit the Requirements.

Documentary requirements

For more information on current documentary requirements, visit the Requirements.

Pro-forma invoice

This may occasionally be requested by the importer.

Commercial invoice

No prescribed form and a minimum of three copies are recommended. The invoice must indicate:

  • the name and address of seller and consignee
  • the date of invoice and purchase
  • the number, type and gross weight of packages
  • the kind and quality of goods
  • an invoice price for each item (showing freight and insurance separately)
  • discounts and rebates
  • conditions of payment
  • terms of sale and delivery
  • the date that the invoice was prepared and the contract was signed.

Many importers are authorised to use a Simplified Declaration Procedure (Immediate Release System) and may have special requirements about the presentation of invoice data. Veterinary certificates and/or plant protection certificates are required for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

Bill of lading

Normal commercial practice. Bill To Order are acceptable.

Packing list

Required for and facilitates customs clearance.

Certificate of insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Weights and measures

The metric system.

Public health requirements

For more information on public health requirements, visit the Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.

Subject to detailed regulations and controls, the following imports must be accompanied by special certificates:

  • livestock (other than horses, dogs and cats)
  • foods
  • animal products
  • plants and plant products.

Specific requirements should be checked with the importer. For more information, visit the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Imports of drugs, pharmaceuticals and nutritions are strictly controlled. For more information, visit the Medical Products Agency.

Insecticides, fertilisers, additives and other potentially dangerous chemical substances for general sale are restricted by laws. The substances have to be approved and registered with Swedish government agencies after testing to determine whether the product is safe for normal trading. For more information, visit REACH regulation.