Parcels with alcohol
There are special rules for parcels containing alcohol. These rules vary depending on whether the parcel is being sent from a country within or outside the EU.
The following apply to gifts that contain alcohol:
- As a private individual, you may receive parcels containing alcohol sent by another private individual. In other words, alcohol as a gift can only be sent between two private individuals.
- As a recipient, you must be at least 20 years old.
- To be classed as a gift and thus free of charge, only an individual* parcel is allowed.
- The alcohol must be for private use.
- The alcohol must be carried by a transport company.
- If you send alcohol as a gift to another country, you should find out what rules apply there.
If the parcel comes from another EU country
You do not have to pay any charges if you receive individual³ gifts of alcohol from another EU country.
If you buy alcohol in another EU country and want to send it home to Sweden (i.e. you do not want to transport/carry it yourself), you must pay Swedish alcohol tax on the alcohol.
If the parcel comes from a country outside the EU
You do not have to pay customs duty on alcohol that you receive as a gift from a country outside the EU:
- if the total quantity of alcohol does not exceed SEK 500 in value; and,
- if the total quantity of alcohol does not exceed the quantities set out below.
The quantity of alcohol you can receive as a gift without paying customs duty is limited to:
- 1 litre of spirits or
- 1 litre of fortified wine or sparkling wine and
- 2 litres of wine; and,
- beer (within the gift limit of SEK 500).
You must always pay Swedish alcohol tax on the alcohol. It is the company transporting your alcohol that debits the tax.
* "Individual” relates to both quantity (whether the quantity is reasonable is determined from case to case) and number of occasions (sending a gift every week is not to be regarded as individual).
Last updated: 2020-09-03
What is updated: Quality assured