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Various rules apply to any goods you want to bring into Sweden. These rules depend on the type of goods and the country you are coming from.
One of Swedish Customs’ duties is to prevent the illegal import and export of goods. Our control (checking) operations are necessary for us to fight the smuggling of narcotics and other dangerous goods.
Goods to which special rules apply can be declared to Swedish Customs by choosing the red, blue or green lane through the surveillance area when you cross the Swedish border. Certain goods can be declared via the internet.
When returning home from a trip abroad, there are no charges on alcohol you bring in for private use. The quantity of alcohol you can bring in without paying any charges depends on where you buy the alcohol (i.e. another EU country or a country outside the EU).
When bringing foodstuffs into Sweden for private use, different rules apply depending on whether the foodstuffs are being brought from an EU country or a country outside the EU.
When returning home from a trip abroad, there are no charges on tobacco you bring in for private use. The quantity of tobacco you can bring in without paying any charges depends on where you buy the tobacco (i.e. another EU country or a country outside the EU).
When returning home from a trip abroad, you may, once you are 18, bring in e-cigarettes and refills for private use. The quantity you can bring in depends on whether you buy the goods in another EU country or in a country outside the EU.
You always have to notify Swedish Customs when you are carrying any firearm and/or ammunition across the Swedish border. You may also have to give notification if you are carrying other weapons, dangerous objects and/or laser pointers.
If you are buying a boat in another country, you may have to pay customs duty, VAT and any other taxes. You may have to notify Swedish Customs if you are selling a boat.
If you are buying a car in another country, you may have to pay customs duty, VAT and any other taxes and charges. You may have to notify Swedish Customs if you are selling a car.
Here, you can read frequently asked questions and answers about buying goods in another country.
Last updated: 2020-09-17
What is updated: Quality assured