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Goods with import restrictions

Some goods are subject to import regulations, that is, restrictions. Prior to importing your goods it is important to check what regulations apply to your goods. You may need a licence or an authorisation.

Trade restrictions may apply for any of the following reasons:

  • trade policy;
  • environmental concerns;
  • concerns for human health or security;
  • preventing the spread of diseases among animal and plants.

An import licence may be required

To import goods restricted by the EU, such as certain agricultural products, you need an import licence.

An import authorisation may be required

Some goods, such as pharmaceutical products, chemical agents and organic products require an import authorisation to some degree to be imported into the E. Apply for authorisation from the corresponding competent authority.

Supporting documents

Supporting documents are any documents used to support statements in your customs declaration. If you declare goods imported from a country outside the EU, you are required to provide supporting documents on request from Swedish Customs.

Supporting documents

Some goods must be registered

When importing certain goods, you may be required to register them with a competent authority. Persons importing foodstuffs commercially must be registered with or authorised by the environmental authority, or a corresponding body, in the municipalities where they operate.

Using call-me codes to inform us

Call-me codes are used to inform Swedish Customs that a consignment is subject to import or export restrictions, i.e. certain conditions.

Call-me codes

Endangered animals and plants

There are certain restrictions, such as prohibitions against the introduction of endangered animals and plants across Sweden’s borders, or requirements for authorisation or permits therefor. Violating these provisions may lead to a fine or imprisonment.

Endangered wild fauna and flora

Tobacco

Companies importing tobacco to Sweden are subject to multiple legislation. It is important that the importer learns about the applicable conditions. Swedish Customs and the Swedish Tax Authority are the responsible authorities.

Tobacco

Alcohol

Companies wishing to import wine or other alcoholic beverages to Sweden are subject to legislation in multiple areas. It is important that the importer learns about the applicable conditions.

Alcohol

Medicines

Companies importing medicines to Sweden for commercial purposes are subject to multiple legislation. It is important that the importer learns about the applicable conditions.

Medicines

Drug precursors

To import or export drug precursors, i.e. chemicals required to manufacture narcotics, you may be required to be authorised by or registered with the Medical Products Agency. Swedish Customs are tasked with combatting the smugglings of such goods.

Drug precursors

Weapons

Swedish Customs will control weapons and weapon parts that are imported to or exported from Sweden. The procedure depends on whether you are trading with EU Member States or third countries.

Weapons

Intellectual property rights

Owners of to brands, copyrights, patterns or patents have intellectual property rights to their product. Any undertaking manufacturing and selling identical or similar products is in violation of such intellectual property rights.

Intellectual property rights

Other authorities

Some goods that are subject to import restrictions lie under the purview of other authorities than Swedish Customs.

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

  • Fishing products

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

The Swedish Agricultural Board

  • Organic non-foodstuff products
  • Animal non-foodstuff products
  • Feed
  • Livestock
  • Foodstuffs for private consumption
  • Sugar
  • Grains and rice
  • Plants, wood, wood products, nursery plants etc.

The Swedish Agricultural Board

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce

  • Iron, steel and aluminium

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce

The Swedish Food Authority

  • Alcoholic products
  • Animal and vegetable foodstuffs
  • Organic products
  • Some dietary supplements
  • Rice from certain countries

The Swedish Food Authority

The Medical Products Agency

  • Medicines
  • Some dietary supplements
  • Natural medicaments
  • Some topical products
  • Homoeopathic products

The Medical Products Agency

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

  • Explosives and pyrotechnical products

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

  • Waste
  • Import of electric and electronic products
  • Ozone-depleting substances

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

The Swedish Police Authority

  • Any type of weapon

The Swedish Police Authority

The National Board of Forestry

  • Furniture
  • Paper products
  • The EU Regulation on Timber
  • FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement

The National Board of Forestry

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority

  • Radioactive substances

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority

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