Importing clothes

When importing clothes, it is important to classify your product with the correct commodity code, as the commodity code determines what regulations apply to your goods.

All commodity codes can be found in the web-based query system Tulltaxan. Clothes can be found in section XI, Chapters 61 and 62. Clothes are classified in Taric based on their manufacturing process. Clothes made of knitted or crocheted materials should be classified according to Chapter 61, whereas clothes made by any other method should be classified according to Chapter 62. This applies regardless of whether the clothes are made of cotton or any other material.

Once you have established whether the clothes are classified according to Chapter 61 or 62, you need to answer the following questions:

  • What type of clothes are they and are they made for men or women?
  • What material are the clothes made of?
  • What is their material composition?
  • Are several items of clothing packed together?

Men’s or women’s clothes?

Tulltaxan (Taric) has different commodity codes for women’s and men’s clothes. The regulations on men’s and women’s clothes can be found in Note 9 to Chapter 61 and Note 8 to Chapter 62.

If the cut of a garment clearly indicates that it is intended for one gender, this will determine the
classification. Coats closed from the right to the left are women’s coats, whereas coats closed from the left to the right are men’s coats. Coats closed with a zipper are classified as women’s coats.

Material – cotton, polyester or viscose...?

The material that dominates the weight of the garment determines its classification. A garment consisting of 65%
cotton and 35% polyester would be classified as a cotton product. Find the classification rules
for blended textiles in Note 2 of Section XI in Tulltaxan (Taric).

Several garments packaged together

With some exceptions, garments that are packaged as sets should be classified separately in accordance with Note 14 of Section XI in Tulltaxan (Taric). Exceptions include suits, pyjamas and bathing costumes.

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An import licence may be required

You may need an import licence before you start importing clothes. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce issues import licences in Sweden.

Information about the import licences from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

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