Tullverket

Permanent import or export of arms

Here is information about what pertains to persons who are importing or exporting firearms or parts of firearms for other than temporary purposes.

Import

Import permits are applied for with the police authority at the port of entry far in advance of arrival in Sweden.  Nevertheless, an import permit can be replaced by a weapons license that is issued by the Swedish police in the place of residence or hometown of the traveller.

A weapons license can be issued in cases where the traveller knows in advance which weapon/s will be accompanying the traveller upon arrival in Sweden. Upon import from another EU country there must, in addition, be a transfer permit issued by the authorized agency in the country from where the export originates.

Weapons dealers may import the weapons and number, if the import permit is registered within the weapons dealer permit (does not pertain to fully automatic firearms since these require import permits in each particular case).

Declaration must be made to us upon import, and the import permit or weapons license must be shown. The customs form – "Information concerning import or export of firearms for purposes other than temporary hunting or competition" (in swedish) – must be completed and filled in with information about the weapon/s that are imported.

If no customs official is available at the border crossing, declaration must take place in one of the following ways:

  1. Via the telephone at the border crossing which is provided for such purposes.
  2. By calling the telephone number that is provided at the border crossing.
  3. At the closest Customs clearance office.

Must I pay customs duty and taxes for my items?

If travel to Sweden – from a country outside the EU – takes place by air or by ferry with a commercial carrier, weapons up to a value of 4 300 SEK may be brought into Sweden duty-free and/or tax-free.  If travel from a country outside the EU takes place by other means of transport, weapons up to a value of 3 000 SEK may be brought into Sweden free of charge.

Items must be transported in person!

If items valued at more than the duty-free and/or tax-free amounts are to be brought into Sweden, they must be declared upon arrival in Sweden and customs duties and any pertinent taxes must be paid.

Customs duties are not charged on items that are purchased within the EU.

Imports via shipping/agent

If a weapon is purchased or ordered and is to be shipped or transported via post or other agent, the customs form – "Information concerning import or export of firearms for purposes other than temporary hunting or competition"  is to be completed and turned in with information about the weapon/s that are imported in conjunction with border crossing.  The form can be signed in the capacity of either the receiver, the sender, or the agent.

Weapons dealers and other recipients should make certain that firearms or parts of firearms have been declared at border crossings by shipping agents, carriers, courier companies or the equivalent.

Must customs duties and taxes be paid for my items?

If a person chooses to ship home weapons purchased in a country outside the EU, the person will need to pay customs duties and other possible taxes on the entire product value – including shipping and insurance.

Customs duties are not charged on items that are purchased within the EU.

Export

If weapons are to be exported from Sweden, the police authority that issued the license must be contacted to issue the export license that is required. If the firearm is to be exported to another EU country, the police will issue a transfer license.  Upon departure, export permits from the police must be handed over to customs at the port of departure.

Attention!
The customs form – "Information concerning import or export of firearms for purposes other than temporary hunting or competition " – (in swedish) must be completed and filled in with information about the weapon/s that is to be exported.

Other countries´ import and export regulations

It is possible to learn more about the import and export regulations in other countries through contacting that respective country´s embassy or consulate.


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Last modified: 2017-02-20