Dietary supplements

You can here read about the special rules that apply when, for private use, you bring dietary supplements into Sweden.

The rules for bringing dietary supplements into Sweden for private use vary depending on whether the dietary supplements are being brought from an EU country or from a country outside the EU.

Dietary supplement or medicine?

A dietary supplement is a food product intended to supplement a normal diet. Dietary supplements are covered by Sweden’s foodstuffs legislation.

It can be difficult to know whether your goods are a dietary supplement (i.e. a foodstuffs product) or a medicine. If it is claimed that goods prevent or treat illness, said goods are classified as a medicine. If goods are a medicine, rules different to those for dietary supplements apply. To be sure what you are buying, carefully check the description on both the goods and the packaging.

If you are unsure whether your product is a dietary supplement or a medicine, you can contact the Swedish Medical Products Agency before you place an order.

Dietary supplements from an EU country

If you buy a dietary supplement from another EU country, you do not have to pay customs duty, VAT and any other taxes on the dietary supplement.

Dietary supplements from a country outside the EU

When you buy goods, e.g. dietary supplements, from a country outside the EU, you normally have to pay customs duty, VAT and any other taxes. Customs duty depends on the composition of the goods and the country from which they are coming. In Sweden’s Customs Tariff, you can find the rate of customs duty for your goods.

Read more about dietary supplements (information from the Swedish Food Agency).

The rules vary depending on whether you are transporting the dietary supplements yourself or if you are sending them by parcel or a transport company. Read more about the various rules and see which apply to you.

Read more about buying dietary supplements online.

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