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Buying foodstuffs when travelling abroad

When bringing foodstuffs into Sweden for private use, different rules apply depending on whether the foodstuffs are being brought from an EU country or from a country outside the EU.

Foodstuffs from an EU country

If you are buying foodstuffs in another EU country, you do not have to pay customs duty, Swedish VAT and any other taxes on the foodstuffs.

Foodstuffs from a country outside the EU

There are various rules if you are bringing foodstuffs in from a country outside the EU. These rules depend on whether the foodstuffs are being sent by post, freighted via a transport company or carried personally into Sweden. In all cases under the present heading, you may not bring any meat or dairy products into Sweden without an authorisation from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

If you are travelling on a commercial flight or ferry, you may bring in goods to a value of SEK 4,300 without having to pay customs duty, VAT and any other taxes. If you are travelling some other way, you may bring in goods to a value of SEK 3,000 without having to pay customs duty, VAT and any other taxes. These sums include all goods except alcohol and tobacco that you buy while travelling. Remember that you must transport (carry) these foodstuffs personally.

If the value of your goods is above the sum that you may transport free of customs duty, VAT and taxes, you have to declare this to Swedish Customs. You make the declaration at the Swedish border. Here, you will also pay any customs duty, VAT and any other taxes.

More information about how to declare goods to Swedish Customs.

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Authorisation from the Swedish Board of Agriculture

Authorisation from the Swedish Board of Agriculture may be required to bring certain foodstuffs into Sweden.

Trade in plants (information from the Swedish Board of Agriculture)

Animal products (information in swedish from the Swedish Board of Agriculture)

Questions and answers

Read frequently asked questions and answers about buying foodstuffs when travelling abroad.

Last updated: 2020-09-03

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