Guide to Sending Parcels to Sweden

Sweden is northern Europe's largest country and can also boast being the 16th richest nation in the world. That is thanks largely to having founded many influential international companies - IKEA, Electrolux, Volvo, Saab, Ericsson, to name a few.

And while Sweden has only 10 million inhabitants, more than 77% of them use the internet to shop. It is expected they will spend $11 billion USD in 2020, with the number of users and dollars forecast to increase steadily through to 2024.

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Information for this page was taken from the Swedish Customs Service and the Swedish Tax Agency.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Sweden is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Dec 2, 2020
8:49 am
Orebro, OR, SE
Delivered
Dec 1, 2020
7:18 am
Sundsvall, SU, SE
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
9:03 pm
Halmstad, HA, SE
International Clearance
Nov 30, 2020
8:14 am
Karlstad, KA, SE
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Nov 29, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Sweden before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Sweden

Documents Only

Documents may be shipped to Sweden from Canada if they have no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale.

Typical examples of documents include:

  • Bids
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Examination papers
  • Gift cards
  • Visa applications

The following may be sent as document shipments if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Only if validated
Annual reports Must be for internal use or for shareholders
Blueprints For a company's internal use or a bid on an architectural project in the EU
Brochures Must be for intercompany use or non-commercial
Business cards Maximum of 15 cards
Cheques OMust be personalised
Credit cards Only if personalised
Greeting cards and invitations Must be personalised
Photographic negatives, slides, and print film Must not have editorial or press charges included in the value of the shipment
Newspapers Only for non-commercial purposes
Newsletters (business) Only for intercompany use
Stationery Only if personalised and the amount is appropriate for non-commercial purposes
Technical manuals An appropriate number for the purpose
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_PT

Shipping Gifts to Sweden

Shipping Gifts

A gift parcel shipped to Sweden from Canada will be exempt from duty and tax if its value is 1,700 SEK or less (about $245 CAD).

The conditions of the shipment are:

  • It comprises one parcel
  • It is sent by an individual in Canada
  • The contents are for the personal use of the recipient and his or her family
  • It does not contain perfumes, toilet waters, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages

See below for situations in which the limit is 500 SEK (about $70 CAD).

  1. If a shipment has a value greater than 1,700 SEK (about $245 CAD) and contains several gifts, then the duty and tax exemption is 500 SEK or less (about $70 CAD)
  2. If a shipment contains any of the following: alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfumes, or toilet waters*

*Duty-free limits to these gifts are as follows:

  • 1 L liquor, or 1 L fortified or sparkling wine, or 2 L wine (VAT will apply)
  • 50 cigarettes, or 25 cigarillos, or 10 cigars, or 50 g tobacco (VAT will apply)
  • 50 g perfume
  • 250 mL toilet waters

Shipments Valued 1,700 SEK to 7,000 SEK

A shipment with a value greater than 1,700 SEK (about $245 CAD) but less than 7,000 SEK (about $1,000 CAD) will incur a duty of 2.5% and VAT.

Shipments Valued 7,000 SEK or More

A shipment of more than 7,000 SEK (about $1,000 CAD) will incur duty at the customs tariff rate plus VAT.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Generally, a gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Sweden will be exempt of duty and tax if its value is 1,700 SEK or less (about $245 CAD).

See above for limits to quantities of these substances in a parcel.

NOTE: If the shipment contains any quantity of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfumes, or toilet waters, the exemption is 500 SEK or less (about $70 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Business

There is no information available regarding shipping a gift from a Canadian business to a Swedish business.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

There is no information available regarding a Canadian business shipping a gift to an individual in Sweden.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If a shipment contains multiple gifts, the duty and tax exemption value is 500 SEK or less (about $70 CAD).

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/alcohol/alcoholfromacountryoutsidetheeu.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75a3a.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/tobacco/tobaccofromacountryoutsidetheeu.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75a68.html#Tobaccoasagift


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Sweden

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects shipped from Canada to Sweden will be exempt of duty and taxes providing:

  • You have owned the goods for at least 6 months
  • The goods have been used by you or your family while living in Canada
  • You have lived in Canada continuously for at least 1 year
  • The quantity of goods is reasonable for your household, i.e. they cannot be mistaken for a commercial shipment

Personal effects include items such as:

  • Bedding, towels, and toiletries
  • Furniture
  • Clothing and footwea
  • Bicycles
  • Kitchen utensils

Moving Temporarily

Students

If you are moving to Sweden to study, you may ship your personal effects from Canada exempt of duty and taxes.

To qualify for this exemption:

  • You must be enrolled in full-time studies at school or university
  • The goods belong to you
  • The items are for use during your studies

Goods that qualify as student personal effects include:

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Bedding and towels
  • Used furniture in a quantity needed to outfit a student's room
  • School supplies such as books, paper, computer
Non-Students

If you are moving temporarily to Sweden, you may ship your personal effects from Canada exempt from duty and taxes.

You must ensure that:

  • Your goods are used as they were intended
  • Your personal effects are not sold, rented out, or lent to anyone for a period of a year from your arrival

Moving Permanently

If you are moving permanently to Sweden from Canada, either as an immigrant or a returning national, your personal effects may enter duty and tax free providing:

  • Your intention is to stay in Sweden for a minimum of 1 year
  • You have lived continuously in Canada for 1 year*
  • The goods being shipped are used (unused goods will incur duty and taxes)
  • They have been in your possession for at least 6 months
  • The amount of goods is appropriate for the size of your household

*As a returning Swedish national, you cannot have visited Sweden or the EU for more than a total of 72 days in the year before moving, otherwise duty and taxes will be incurred

Personal effects are items from your home and include:

  • Furniture
  • Kitchen utensils and crockery
  • Linen and towels
  • Personal equipment, such as a bicycle


NOTE:
Duty and taxes will be charged on the following items in your shipment:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Tools and equipment used in the practice of a trade or profession

If an Item Is Valued at Greater than 100,000 SEK

If any one item in the shipment is valued at more than 100,000 SEK (about $14,300 CAD), documentation must be presented that shows:

  • Your intention to stay in Sweden permanently
  • You have lived in Canada for at least a year
  • The good belongs to you and has been used for its intended purpose

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly state 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • For students, write out your school details and a list of your belongings on a separate piece of paper
  • For people moving permanently to Sweden, complete the form Declaration for obtaining relief from customs duty and tax on personal belongings when migrating to Sweden. (Form 740.45)
  • If shipping an item valued at greater than 100,000 SEK (about $14,300 CAD), provide documentation as listed above

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/download/18.16ca6de0120cf835feb80007676/1371032632177/Duty%20and%20tax%20relief%20when%20you%20move%20to%20Sweden%20from%20a%20country%20outside%20the%20EU.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Sweden

Food, Chocolate, Candies

As a member of the EU, Sweden follows the Union's guidelines regarding the importation of foodstuffs.

You May Ship

  • Infant formula and baby food*
  • Special foods required for medical reasons*
  • Baked goods (containing no animal products)
  • Chocolate
  • Confectionary

Maximum of 2 kg and in unopened packages

Do Not Ship

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Seeds
  • Meat and its byproducts
  • Milk and dairy products

In principle, travellers may bring food into Sweden from other EU countries without restriction

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/food.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75b19.html
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/En/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32019R2122&from=EN

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Sweden

Samples

Samples are shipped to demonstrate products and solicit orders. Samples may be shipped to Sweden from Canada exempt from duty and taxes, providing the goods are returned unchanged.

Samples are considered temporary imports and you must apply for a temporary import permit. Click here for a copy.

NOTE: A refundable guarantee must be provided for the duty and taxes.

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Complete a temporary import permit Form 721.65

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/importeravaror/importeraforsarskildanvandningellerforadling/tillfalliginforsel/tillstandtilltillfalliginforsel.4.226de36015804b8cf3520fc.html
https://www.tullverket.se/download/18.10448d116681449bad1d8/1556113118142/721.65%20Ansokan%20om%20tillstand%20till%20tillfallig%20inforsel%20eutea.pdf
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/garanti/samladgarantitillstand.4.3505c0ef15ad0f786647b2.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Sweden

Advertising Material

Advertising materials aimed for trade shows and exhibitions may be shipped to Sweden as a temporary import.

They will be exempt from duty and taxes, providing:

  • You apply for a temporary import
  • the goods are returned unchanged.

A temporary import permit is available by clicking here.

NOTE: A refundable guarantee must be provided for the duty and taxes.


Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • Be sure to abide by the rules mentioned above

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/importeravaror/importeraforsarskildanvandningellerforadling/tillfalliginforsel/tillstandtilltillfalliginforsel.4.226de36015804b8cf3520fc.html
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/garanti/samladgarantitillstand.4.3505c0ef15ad0f786647b2.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Sweden

Repairs

Under the inward processing rules of the EU, equipment and machinery for repair may be shipped to Sweden from Canada exempt from duty and taxes.

The conditions of the import are:

  • A refundable guarantee is provided for the duty and taxes
  • The repaired machinery or equipment is returned to Canada

Items Under Warranty

As Sweden and Canada are participants in a free-trade agreement (CETA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Sweden are duty-free and will not be charged GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If a piece of equipment no longer under warranty was sent to Sweden for repair and is returning to Canada, GST will be charged on the value of the repair and any new parts needed to do the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Sweden

Machinery and equipment can be shipped to Sweden from Canada exempt from duty and taxes.

A refundable guarantee will have to be provided to cover the duty and taxes.

Returning Repaired Product to Sweden

Equipment and machinery that has been repaired in Canada and is returned to Sweden will either incur reduced duty and VAT charges or no charges

Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Sweden or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/importeravaror/importeraforsarskildanvandningellerforadling.4.6ac2c843157b7beb00756d.html
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/exporteravaror/exporteraforbearbetningellerreparation/passivforadling.4.6ac2c843157b7beb00719d.html
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/importeravaror/importeraforsarskildanvandningellerforadling/aktivforadling.4.6ac2c843157b7beb00757a.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Sweden

Temporary Imports

Temporary imports may be shipped to Sweden from Canada exempt from payment of duty and taxes, providing you apply for a permit*. But, a refundable guarantee will be required to cover duty and tax fees.

*To apply for a permit for temporary admission click here.


Goods often sent as temporary imports include:

  • Those intended for exhibitions and trade fairs
  • Professional equipment
  • Commercial samples
  • Sports and competitive gear and equipment

Temporary imports are to follow the rules below:

  • They are to be returned to Canada within 24 months
  • They do not undergo any repairs or changes (see the Repairs section for equipment and machinery requiring repair)
  • They can be identified using a serial number or other markings

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Sweden, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table


Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 24 months in Sweden

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/importeravaror/importeraforsarskildanvandningellerforadling/tillfalliginforsel/tillstandtilltillfalliginforsel.4.226de36015804b8cf3520fc.html
https://www.tullverket.se/download/18.10448d116681449bad1d8/1556113118142/721.65%20Ansokan%20om%20tillstand%20till%20tillfallig%20inforsel%20eutea.pdf
https://www.tullverket.se/sv/foretag/importeravaror/importeraforsarskildanvandningellerforadling/tillfalliginforsel.4.6ac2c843157b7beb007594.html

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Sweden

Permanent/Sold Goods

Goods sold to a private individual in Sweden may incur duty, and almost certainly VAT, whether the item is used or new. This includes items bought from a firm or individual, or purchased on-line

Occasional Shipper

A shipment with a value of 1,700 SEK or less (about $245 CAD) will incur VAT of 25%, but will be duty-free.

However, shipments containing the following will incur duties and potentially excise taxes:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Toilet waters
  • Perfume

Regular Shipper

If you regularly sell and ship goods to Sweden, we recommend you consult a Swedish licensed customs broker.

You may need to comply with certain requirements, such as obtaining an EORI number. To learn more about EORI numbers, click Obtaining an EORI number.

Sources:

https://www.tullverket.se/en/business/importinggoodstoSwedenfromcountriesoutsidetheeu.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75dc8.html
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/customs-procedures/general-overview/economic-operators-registration-identification-number-eori_en

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Anders Celsius
Akademigaton 3
753 10 Uppsala
Sweden

Phone: +46 18 471 75 71
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Sweden. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Sweden, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package
Temporary Imports Required Temporary admission permit (Form 721.65)
Personal Effects (Form 740.45) Required for migrants settling in Sweden

Declaration for obtaining relief from customs duty and tax on personal belongings when migrating to Sweden (Form 740.45)

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited may not enter Sweden, while those deemed restricted may enter but MUST abide by quantity limits or other rules

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics and illegal drugs
  • Child pornography
  • Weapons, firearms, and ammunition
  • Goods made from endangered species

Restricted Goods

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Medicines

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/hereswhyyouhavebeeninspected.4.5c3d004415b89fa6ac7d0f.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75a05.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/alcohol/alcoholfromacountryoutsidetheeu.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75a3a.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/tobacco/tobaccofromacountryoutsidetheeu.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75a68.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/firearmsandammunition.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75aa7.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/firearmsandammunition/huntingandshootingcompetitions.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75acf.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/otherarmsanddangerousarticles/dangerousarticles.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75a9e.html
https://www.tullverket.se/en/private/travellingtoSweden/medicines.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75b38.html

Duty & Taxes

Swedish Customs calculates import duties and taxes using the CIF method, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Knowing the CIF value of a shipment will allow you to calculate the duty and tax owing by the recipient.

Thresholds

The threshold for duty on a shipment is 1,700 SEK (about $245 CAD). This is known as the de minimis value, and a shipment value at 1,7000 SEK or below, will not incur duty. The exceptions are for shipments containing alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfume, and toilet waters.

The de minimis value for VAT is 300 SEK (about $45 CAD). Mail orders are excluded from this, except for foreign periodicals.

Currency Swedish Krona - SEK
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
1700 SEK (about $245 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT)* 25% (Standard)
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
300 SEK (about $45 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Canada has a free trade agreement with Sweden via the EU (CETA). As a result, 98% of all trade goods and services between the 2 countries incur no duties.

In order to take full advantage of the preferential tariff rates between Canada and Sweden, refer to the Guide to the CETA Rules of Origin.


Excise Taxes

Excise duties must be paid on shipments of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Details regarding alcohol can be found here and for cigarettes, cigars, and loose tobacco here and for other tobacco products here.


Chemical Tax on Electronics

Electronic goods such as home appliances, computers, game consoles, tablets, and mobiles will incur a special tax. It is calculated as a rate per kilogram. Some examples include:

  • Appliances and computers: 11 SEK/kg (about $1.60 CAD)
  • Game consoles: 160 SEK/kg (about $23 CAD)

Further details can be found here.


Common Duties on Imports

  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines*Variable
  • Tobacco*Variable
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles*Variable
  • Computers & Laptops*Variable
  • Tablets*Variable
  • Mobiles*Variable
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances*Variable
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

* Alcoholic products, tobacco and tobacco products, and certain appliances all incur excise tax.

Sources:
https://www.tullverket.se/en/business/importinggoodstoSwedenfromcountriesoutsidetheeu/importcharges.4.7df61c5915510cfe9e75e5d.html
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/vat_buying_online.pdf
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/ceta_guidance_en.pdf
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
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https://www4.skatteverket.se/rattsligvagledning/edition/2020.5/1227.html
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https://www4.skatteverket.se/rattsligvagledning/359585.html?date=2020-01-01#section1-3

Sweden Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Sweden



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