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Brexit – what does it mean for private individuals?

The UK government and the European Commission agreed in principle to a Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December 2020. The Agreement came into effect on 1 January 2021.

For customs purposes, the Agreement means that the UK will be treated as a non-EU country. This affects you, as a private individual, e.g. when you travel to or from the UK or if you shop online or otherwise receive consignments from the UK.

If you shop online

  • All distance shopping with countries outside the EU is subject to Swedish VAT.

  • If you buy goods costing more than SEK 1,600, there may also be additional customs duties. If you have a statement on origin, where the seller certifies that the goods are originating in the UK, you may not have to pay customs duty, even if the goods cost more than SEK 1,600.

  • Medicines, certain foodstuffs and certain plants may not be brought into Sweden via letter or parcel post from a country outside the EU.

General about shopping online

Read about importing foodstuffs for private use (information in swedish from the Swedish Board of Agriculture)

Read about importing plants for private use (information in swedish from the Swedish Board of Agriculture)

If you receive a consignment

  • You may receive a consignment free of duty and VAT from a private individual if the value is no more than SEK 1,600 and the consignment does not consist of alcohol, tobacco or perfume. Even if you do not have to pay customs duties and VAT, the goods must still be declared to Swedish Customs. Normally, it is the company transporting your goods, e.g. Postnord or a forwarding agent, that makes your customs declaration for you.

  • A product originating in the United Kingdom which is sent from a private individual to another private individual may be brought in free of duty if it is worth a maximum of EUR 500. However, you must pay VAT and other taxes for the goods.

If you travel

  • If you travel by aeroplane or ferry and shop outside the EU, the value of goods you may bring into Sweden without having to pay customs duty is SEK 4,700. If you travel any other way, the corresponding sum is SEK 3,300. Remember that you must declare goods above these amounts. If the goods are origination in the United kingdom, you will not have to pay customs duty if they are worth a maximum of EUR 1,200. However, you must pay VAT and other taxes for the goods.

  • If you travel in the EU with more than EUR 10,000 in cash on your person, you must declare the money.

  • The alcohol that can be brought in from countries outside the EU is limited to 1 litre of spirits, 4 litres of wine and 16 litres of beer.

  • The tobacco limit depends on the type of tobacco you are bringing: 200 cigarettes; 100 cigarillos; 50 cigars; or, 250 g of smoking tobacco. You can also choose a proportional selection of these tobacco goods, for example, a smaller quantity of cigarettes so that cigars can additionally be brought in duty-free (e.g. 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars).

  • Special rules apply to people who are hunting or competing and travelling with a firearm between Sweden and a country outside the EU. Special rules also apply if you buy or sell a weapon to a country outside the EU.

  • There are special rules when, from a country outside the EU, you travel to Sweden with your dog or cat.

  • If, as a private individual, you travel to and from the UK with animals, you need to plan for it possibly involving more administration than before. The same applies if you want to carry foodstuffs and/or seeds and plants. With the exception products containing meat and milk, bringing in animal foodstuffs is permitted in limited quantities for personal use.

Read about importing foodstuffs for private use (information in swedish from the Swedish Board of Agriculture)

Read about importing plants for private use (information in swedish from the Swedish Board of Agriculture)

Declaring goods to Swedish Customs – Red, blue or green lane

Travelling to or from Sweden

General about shopping in another country

If you are moving to or from Sweden

  • Items of personal property are referred to as “belongings”. There is a possibility that you may be able to bring them in duty free.

  • If you are considered to be an immigrant, you can obtain relief from customs duty on belongings if, for a continuous period of at least 12 months, you had your “normal place of residence” in a country outside the EU. You may also count the period your normal place of residence was in the UK before 1 January 2021. The personal property for which you are seeking duty relief must have belonged to and been used by you for at least six months at the place where you had your normal residence outside the EU. You may also include the period in which the personal property belonged to and was used by you in the UK before 1 January 2021.

  • If you are considered to be a returnee, you may obtain relief from customs duty on belongings if, owing to your work, you were in a third country for at least one year. You can also count the period when, owing to your work, you were in the UK before 1 January 2021. The personal property for which you are seeking duty relief must have been owned by you and, in a country outside the EU, used by you or a member of your household. If you are seeking duty relief for a vehicle, it must have: belonged to you for at least one year before your return; and, during your ownership before the return, been used to a normal extent in a country outside the EU by you or a member of your household. You may also include the period the vehicle and other personal property was owned by you and used in the UK by you or a member of your household before 1 January 2021.

The definitions of immigrant and returnee can be found on the General about moving to and from Sweden page.

General information about moving to and from Sweden

Follow the development regarding brexit

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Website of the European Commission

Website of the UK customs authority


Last updated: 2021-03-19

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