Customs duty and tax exemption for students

If you are moving to Sweden to study, you may be granted customs duty and tax exemption for certain items if they belong to you at the time of importation and are intended for your own personal use during your time as a student. You must be enrolled at a school or university for full-time studies.

Examples of items which may be subject to customs duty and tax exemption are

  • furniture, to the extent needed to furnish a student residence
  • personal effects and items needed for your studies, such as computers
  • towels, bed linen
  • clothes.

The goods may be imported in several separate consignments during the period the studies are in progress, for example during the autumn or spring semester or during the school year (the period before or after the summer vacation).

Duty relief cannot be given to goods that you, for example, buy online from a country outside the EU during your study period here.

Supporting documents

When applying for duty and tax exemption, you must submit written information establishing your circumstances and that they meet the requirements for exemption. There is no form for providing this written information, meaning you will have to provide the information concerning your studies and the items for which you wish to apply for duty and tax exemption on a separate sheet. You may also need to prove that you are registered for full-time studies at a school or a university.

How to apply for duty and tax exemption

You can apply for duty and tax exemption by making an import declaration through the Single Administrative Document (SAD) form.

You can download the Single Administrative Document from the European Commission's website. You find the link to the document in the first line of the page Single administrative document (SAD) – European Commission.

You must complete the following fields and codes in your import declaration:

1. Declaration

In the first subdivision of this box, enter “EU” if you are moving from an EFTA country (Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein or Switzerland). Enter “IM” if you are moving from a country other than an EFTA country.

In the second subdivision, enter “A”.

2. Consignor/Exporter

Enter your full name and address.

5. Items

Enter the total number of items in the declaration. This must match the total you enter in box 33.

8. Consignee

Enter the consignee’s full name and address. Under “No”, you must enter an identity number comprising a country code (ordinarily SE), personal identity number and additional digits. For Swedish private individuals, the additional digits are 00. Thus, a Swedish identity number can here look as follows: SE123456123400.

For consignments with a value over SEK 10,000, you enter the country code and personal identity number. For consignments with a value under SEK 10,000, you can enter zeroes instead of the personal identity number.

Find the correct country code in a list of country codes.

In the menu, select Code Lists, Search codes. Under Code type, select Country codes.

14. Declarant/Representative

If you yourself are the declarant, enter “[1] Consignee”.

15. a) Dispatch/export country code

Enter the letter code for the country of dispatch, e.g. “US” for the USA.

24. Nature of transaction

Enter the code “9”.

30. Location of goods

Enter an authorised location of goods code. An authorised location of goods code comprises three letters and shows the warehouse in which the goods are located. If you do not know the authorised location of goods code, you can ask the warehouse operator.

31. Packages and description of goods

Marks and numbers – Container No(s) – Number and kind

  • Enter the number of packages (i.e. the number of packages in your consignment). Distinguish between wrapped goods and unwrapped goods.
  • Describe how the goods are marked (i.e. the markings on the packages).
  • Enter the type of packages (i.e. how the goods are packaged, e.g. “CT” for carton and “CS” for case).

33. Commodity code

Enter the code “9919 00 00 30”.

Commodities subject to prohibitions or restrictions are to be declared under their respective commodity codes in chapters 1 to 97 of the Harmonised System.

36. Preference

Enter the code “100”.

37. Procedure

In the second subdivision, you enter the code “C06”.

38. Net mass

For the commodities entered in box 31, enter the net mass (weight) expressed in full kilos.

44. Additional information/Documents produced/Certificates and authorisations

Enter the code of each document you attach to the import declaration.

  • For a written statement that you are going to undertake studies, enter the code “402U”.

46. Statistical value

Enter the consignment’s statistical value in SEK. This value is the total amount of the commodities’ value plus freight and insurance.

48. Deferred payment

Write “Cash”.

54. Place and date, Signature and name of declarant/representative

Enter place and date. Sign the original copy of the document and also enter your name in block letters.

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