(Country code: SE)
Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.
An import permit is required for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting:
- alcohol and spirits
- animal and animal products
- articles made of leather from endangered animals
- bees, leaches and silkworms
- collections (plants, stuffed animals)
- distillation equipment
- fish and crustaceans
- fruits (citrus, apples, pears, peaches, grapes, nuts, raisins and figs)
- flick knives
- footwear made of leather from endangered animals
- ground nuts
- pharmaceutical products
- plants and plant products
- plastic and rubber products
- perfumes, hairsprays and after shave products
- preparations containing meat, eggs, or milk
- precious stones and metals
- preparations such as sauces, soups,broths containing meat or animal products
- pipes of copper, steel or stainless steel
- pigs, hogs, boars bristles and hair
- rubber condoms
- raw skins and hides
- refrigerators or freezers
- strong beer
- substances considered explosives
- toys with transmission apparatus for radiotelephony
- true hemp
- thermometers, syringes, gas masks
- used paper and paperboard articles
- used bags or worn clothes
- vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cucumbers and mushrooms)
- watch straps made from leather from endangered animals
- wood and wood products.
Meat, meat products, milk and milk products must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate from the country of origin.
Articles consigned as "Unsolicited Gifts" are acceptable and will be allowed entry free of any duty or VAT providing the shipment is valued at 500 Swedish Krone Approx ($68 USD), originated from and consigned to an individual, and are individually wrapped. Multiple gifts can be consigned in one shipment so long as the individual parcels enclosed are individually tagged with the recipients name, are individually wrapped and the value does not exceed the per person limit of 500 Swedish Krone. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts. They will be subject to full duty and VAT. Generally, most articles can be consigned as gifts, except those articles noted prohibited or restricted for import (see General Import Prohibitions and Restrictions).
Alcohol as a gift:
As a private individual, persons may receive single consignments containing alcohol as a gift, if it is sent from another private individual and is for personal use. Duty-free allowance for alcohol products is limited to
• 1 litre of liquor
• 1 litre of fortified wine or sparkling wine
• 2 litres of wine
• Beer in an amount that allows the total not to exceed the gift limit of 500 SEK along with the aforementioned quantities.
Tax, however, must always be paid for alcohol products. The tax for liquor, is 256 SEK per litre.
Tobacco as a gift:
As a private individual, persons may receive single consignments containing tobacco as a gift, if it is sent from another private individual and is for personal use.
Duty-free allowance for tobacco products is limited to:
• 50 cigarettes
• 25 cigarillos
• 10 cigars
• 50 grams of smoking tobacco
• A combination of these products corresponding to indicated proporations
Tax, however, must always be paid for tobacco products. Tax for cigarettes, is 1,85 SEK per cigarette.
In addition to items considered non-mailable matter, the following are prohibited:
- infectious substances
- pharmaceuticals (All pharmaceuticals are prohibited from being mailed in ordinary letter-post and parcel post items to private addresses. This includes synthetic or naturopathic items.)
- weapons, parts and accessories thereof and ammunition.
- live animals
- live plants, flower bulbs and cut flowers
- meat and meat products
- vegetables, roots and edible tubers.
Prohibited from being mailed as Xpresspost-International
- bank cards, credit cards, phone cards
- body parts and organs
- funeral urns
- live and dead animals or birds and their parts
- live plants, flower bulbs and cut flowers
- refrigerated, frozen or fresh products
- valuables of any kind
- wine, alcohol.
NOTE: Items with a value exceeding 1,000SDR will be returned to origin.
The following commodities are prohibited via PriorityTM Worldwide service into Sweden:
- Atlantic red tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, or Honduras
- all forms of fibers
- certain Us Beef hormones
- CFC, HCFC, e.g. Products containing foam rubber, aerosols (hair sprays), or fire extinguishers containing halon
- Drugs prescription & Non prescription
- l-Trytophane and any items having L-trytophane as an ingredient
- medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human use
- PCB, PCT products, e.g. Transformer oil
- products which have been surface-treated with cadmium or containing cadmium substances
- rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
- toys and games containing copper sulfate.
Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.
Commercial goods mailed to Sweden require a certified invoice.
The documents required from the exporter for customs clearance include a commercial invoice, a bill of lading or other shipping documents. According to Swedish customs regulations the invoice must contain:
- the seller's name and address
- the buyer's name and address
- the date when the invoice was made out
- number and type of packages (cases, parcels or containers)
- gross weight plus marks and numbers
- name and quantity of the commodity according to general commercial terms along with the price for each product
- discounts together with conditions of delivery and payment.
Shipping documents are acceptable in English.
Some of the other shipping documents that may be required include the Certificate of Origin, an Import License or Permit and a Phytosanitary Certificate. The Certificate of Origin is usually required for textiles and shipments requiring preferential tariff treatment. Import licenses are required from specific countries for a number of commodities, such as textiles, iron, steel, animal products, and foodstuffs.
When customs declarations are sent in electronically, and invoice is not normally presented to customs. However, customs may require an invoice, and other supporting documents, if they find reason for it. As for restricted goods, a permit or license must be presented to customs before the goods are released for circulation. The Post Office Administration declares all consignments, except for gifts and low value consignments.
Ordering Goods by Mail from a country outside of the EU
Buying an item from a country outside of the EU is considered private import, and the buyer must pay customs duties and other charges. This applies to both new and used items bought from private individuals or companies, including internet auctions, mail orders, or any prizes won on the internet. The customs duty ranges from 0 to 20 percent, calculated from the price of the item, including shipping and transport insurance, where applicable. The VAT on most items is 25%. Exceptions to this are; foodstuffs (12%), and books, newspapers, and magazines (6%). Shipments which do not exceed 1.400 SEK, and that do not contain alcohol, tobacco, perfume or scented water are exempt from customs duties. However, VAT and forwarding costs are always applicable.