Sweden Country Snapshot

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Sweden Domestic Services No

*Availability of particular services may vary by origin and destination. Availability of particular solutions may vary by service selected. All services subject to the applicable FedEx Service Guide.

Country Information

Capital: Stockholm
Population: 9,490,683 (est.)
Language: Swedish
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
Time Zone GMT + 1

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Trade Group Member

International organizations: United Nations (UN); World Customs Organization (WCO); World Trade Organization (WTO); Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS); Nordic Council Preferential Agreements: European Union (EU) member-Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovania, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Croatia. The EU has preferential agreements, bilateral, multilateral or unilateral, with the countries and territories listed below. Through these agreements it is possible to import duty free or with reduced duty rates into the EU. A certificate of origin is essential for import when a preferential duty is applicable.

  • EFTA - (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)
  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia (Visegrad countries) Slovenia
  • Bulgaria and Romania
  • Israel
  • Cyprus and Malta
  • Ceuta and Melilla
  • Turkey
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Developing countries, GSP, ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Association) and OCT (Overseas Countries and Territories)
  • Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (Mashraq)
  • Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia (Maghreb)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and the Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Andorra
  • Mexico
  • Chile

Environmental agreements: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; Air Pollution; Antarctic-Environmental Protocol; Climate Change; Environmental Modification; Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes; Law of the Sea; Marine Dumping; Nuclear Test Ban; Ozone Layer Protection; Ship Pollution; Tropical Timber 83 & 94; Wetlands; Whaling.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Since Sweden is a full member state of the European Union, EU tariffs, rules and regulations to imports from non-EU countries apply. 

Single Administrative Document The placing of the goods under a customs procedure is effected, as a rule, under cover of the single document form (SAD). The single document has been designed to cover all movements of goods (importation, exportation and transit). According to the kind of movement, different copies of a full set are used. Upon customs authorization simplified procedures may be granted.

Normal procedure Normal procedure means that a complete customs declaration is submitted in conjunction with a request to release the goods. Customs declarations may either be submitted as SAD or as electronic documents.

Simplified procedure Simplified procedure is explained in the EC rules of submission of customs declarations in the form of an incomplete declaration, simplified declaration procedure and local clearance procedure. The Swedish implementation of the simplified procedure comprises immediate release on one's own behalf and immediate release on behalf of another.

Sweden does not require any pre-shipment inspections prior to import.  

EU Feed & Food Products

The European Commission introduced increased controls on the import of feed and food products from Japan which might have been affected by the recent incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Be aware that these items will certainly incur delays and possibly also additional costs due to examination and investigation of their source. Certification and advance warning is required in order to allow the processing to proceed correctly. The measure will be valid from March 27 2011 until March 31, 2014 and will be reviewed by the European Commission on a monthly basis until further notice. This applies to concerned items either originating in or consigned from Japan.  

EORI Scheme

The EU legislation requires all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) Scheme. All Economic Operators (who are defined as persons natural or legal whose businesses are regulated by Customs legislation) need to use a unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international movement of goods be it export, transit or import operations. 

A unique EORI number will be allocated to each Economic Operator in the EU, to be used in all member states in which they operate. This EORI will be used for making import, export and transit declarations.

Failure to provide an EORI number at the FedEx clearance locations when exporting out of, or importing in the EU in your name will result in customs clearance delays.For more information visit the EU Commission website on EORI.  

Document Requirements

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. 

Textiles Certificate of Origin -Certificates of Origin maybe required for the importation of textile products valued at or over 45 Euro. Exceptions from this includes: textiles products falling under section XI of the Nomenclature, marked and mutilated samples; luggage made up of textile materials, canvas bags, bona-fide gifts and personal effects. The country of origin is required to be stated on the Commercial Invoice. If preferential duty is being claimed, supporting documents such as a Form A is required. 

Customs Valuation

All goods categorized as non-document commercial goods shipped to Sweden must have a proper value declared and a proper description provided which should convey the shipper's intent related to the goods as well as any special processing requirements that exist for the goods shipped. Everything has a value, whether or not a transaction took place. Failure to properly document value of any goods will results in delays and or additional fees and deemed necessary in addition to warehouse fees.  

Import Duties

Import duties are generally levied on an ad-valorem basis. The basis of this valuation is the transaction value of the imported goods as laid down in the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of GATT (WTO), i.e. the price actually paid or payable for the goods when sold for export to Sweden, with the addition of certain costs such as freight and insurance if these are not included in the price. Customs value is to be based on price CIF (cost, insurance, freight) to the place of importation. 

The tariff

The EU Customs tariff, known as the Combined Nomenclature (CN), is based on the harmonized system with an addition of two digits. To meet specific import regulations the EU makes use of the integrated customs tariff, TARIC, when importing from non-EU countries. Below is a summary of the new rules for EU deminimis value that enter into effect December 1, 2008:

  • A commercial shipment below 22 Euros: no duty and no VAT collected.
  • A commercial shipment between 22 Euros and 150 Euros: no duty but VAT is collected.
  • A commercial shipment over 150 Euros: duty and VAT are collected.

  It is recommended that before you send Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipments to Sweden; verify the local customs/VAT requirements at the EU destination country.

Antidumping

An anti-dumping duty rate is charged for specific products, which are sold at prices lower than the normal purchase price. This duty is levied as a surcharge on top of the ordinary customs duty.  

Excise Duties

Excise duties are levied for certain products in connection with imports from non-EU countries, e.g. alcohol, tobacco and energy. Import charges, such as random sampling fees, plant protection fees and quality control fees are levied when importing, for example, plants or fresh products for local consumption.

Additional Duties

Countervailing

Countervailing duties are assessed to counter the effects of subsidies provided by a foreign government for merchandise exported to Sweden resulting in artificially low prices that are detrimental to Sweden and other European Union member states industries.

Watch Duty Rate

Watches imported into Sweden are subject to classification and duty assessment based on a per item basis. The actual duty and the final rate of duty are determined based on the classification of the watch at the time of entry processing with customs.  

Import Taxes  

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Goods imported into Sweden are subject to a value-added tax (VAT).

  1. The standard VAT rate is 25% of the taxation value.
  2. The reduced VAT rate is 12% for foodstuffs and food additives.
  3. The reduced VAT rate is 6% for newspapers and news materials.

Taxation values are normally the same as the Customs values, with the addition of Customs duties and other taxes or import charges.  

Customs Fees

Invoice Fee

Customs is some situation will assess additional fees based on the invoices provided for a shipment. The fee is usually levied if they deem them necessary as part of the terms of entry due to the size of shipment and the related large number of invoices provided by the shipper for his goods.

Examination Fee

Additional fees can be assessed on some commodities to cover the expense of performing the examinations and or testing required as a condition of the goods entry into the commerce of Sweden.

Exchange Controls

NONE

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade, as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures, go tohttp://www.wto.org/index.htm

Consular Fees

NONE

General Import Clearance Information

The importation of certain classes of merchandise may be prohibited or restricted to protect the economy and security of Sweden and other EU member states, to safeguard consumer health, well being, and to preserve domestic plant and animal life. Some commodities are also subject to an import quota or a restraint under bilateral trade agreements and arrangements. In addition to Customs requirements, many prohibited or restricted imports are subject to laws and regulations administered by other Swedish Government agencies for which the Swedish Customs Department is the enforcer. These laws and regulations may, for example, prohibit entry; limit entry to certain points; restrict routing, storage, use; require treatment, labeling or processing as condition of release. Customs release only takes place when the additional requirements are met. These requirements apply to all importation types, including shipments made by mail. The exporter should make certain that the Swedish importer has provided proper information to (1) permit the submission of necessary information concerning packing, labeling, etc. and (2) ensure that necessary arrangements have been made by the importer for entry of the merchandise into Sweden.

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Sweden Import Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited via FedEx Services into Sweden:

  • Atlantic red tuna fish (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, and Honduras
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • L-Trytophane and any items having L-trytophane as an ingredient
  • Rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption
  • Certain US Beef hormones
  • CFC, HCFC, e.g. products containing foam rubber, aerosols (hair sprays), or fire extinguishers containing halon
  • PCB, PCT products, e.g. transformer oil
  • Products which have been surface-treated with cadmium or containing cadmium substances
  • Prescription Drugs and Non Prescription Drugs - prohibited for private individuals only
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)

Due to the risk of contamination with E coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits the immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

Rocket sprouts
Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
Soya bean sprouts
Soya beans, whether or not broken
Sugar beet seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) seed
Vegetable seeds
Mustard seeds, for sowing
Other mustard seeds
Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
Fenugreek seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts

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General Import Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Sweden Restrictions

The importation of food products containing meat or milk products for personal consumption is prohibited unless accompanied by the necessary documentation from the official veterinary services of the country of origin. Infant milk, food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and that the packaging is unbroken. Human semen

Soil

Wireless telephones

Drugs/medications for private individuals

Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA

Non perishable food, except to EU member states

Guns and weapons - strictly controlled by license

Wildlife - controlled by CITES and health restrictions

An EU-wide ban has been placed on the commercial import of all Seals, Walruses and Sea Lion products. Any products containing such items (either processed or unprocessed, deriving or obtained from seals, walruses and sea lions, including meat, oil, blubber, organs, fur skins and raw fur skins, tanned or dressed including fur skins assembled in plates, crosses and similar forms, and articles made from fur skins) unless you have a permitted exemption that is subject to customs declaration requirement. For further information, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service Representative

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Special Import Provisions

Drugs, medicines, weapons and their parts, strategic materials and their parts, CITES commodities, alcohol and all other licensable commodities cannot be processed under the simplified declaration procedure.

All shipments from Canada, China, Japan and the United States containing non-manufactured wood packing materials (NWPM) of coniferous wood, must be treated and marked as such.

Goods may be transported in-bond to another point of entry for clearance by re-manifesting (infrequent) to that location, by using house air waybills or by using T docs (EU transit system). A bonded carrier is required to transport the shipment from the point of arrival to point of clearance. Arrangements for transporting the merchandise to an interior point in-bond may be made by the consignee, by the customs broker or by any other person having sufficient interest in the goods for that purpose.

If it is desired to postpone the release of the goods, they may be placed in FedEx's cage in a bonded warehouse until the documentation has been obtained for appropriate release. If the goods are not released from Customs within 5 days, they are reported to the Customs Office warehouse and abandoned or sent back to the origin at shipper's expense.

Personal Effects

A natural person who has had their normal place of residence outside the Community for a continuous period of at least 12 months before moving to Sweden may qualify for relief from customs duty for personal property which:

  1. Has been in the possession of and, in the case of non-consumable goods, used by the person concerned at his former normal place of residence for a minimum of 6 months before the date of immigration, and which
  2. Is intended to be used for the same purpose at his new place of residence in Sweden

Relief from customs duty does not apply to alcoholic products or tobacco and tobacco products. Additional documentation will be required for the goods, as well as for the immigrant themselves. For additional information please contact Swedish Customs.

The importation of food products containing meat or milk products for personal consumption is prohibited unless accompanied by the necessary documentation from the official veterinary services of the country of origin. Infant milk, food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and that the packaging is unbroken.

Samples

Sample goods valued under 300 SEK do not require mutilation for duty free entry.

Sample goods valued over 300 SEK must be marked, mutilated or unusable as required by Swedish Customs to import without duties/taxes charges.

The importation of food products containing meat or milk products for personal consumption is prohibited unless accompanied by the necessary documentation from the official veterinary services of the country of origin. Infant milk, food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and that the packaging is unbroken.

Gifts

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).

The importation of food products containing meat or milk products for personal consumption is prohibited unless accompanied by the necessary documentation from the official veterinary services of the country of origin. Infant milk, food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and that the packaging is unbroken.

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Standards

Various product directives require that products within the EU shall be CE marked. CE marking provides information to the authorities that the manufacturer/importer affirms that all requirements are fulfilled and that the company is able to prove this by means of solid documentation. All products to be marketed in the EU must be CE marked before being released onto market. The certification of safety (CE) applies to machines, contribution material, telecommunication devices, medical and sports equipment, explosives and toys.

The EC Low Voltage Directive (LVD) covers requirements concerning electrical equipment and installation. The S mark is a clear sign that the certified product satisfies the technical requirements of the LVD.

The present Directive for Telecommunications Terminal Equipment is in force and covers an increasing number of product groups as new Common Technical Regulations (CTR) are implemented. The requirement also includes medical equipment.

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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Exporting from Sweden requires:

  1. Export Compliance
  2. Knowledge of your commodity
  3. Proper documentation including permits, licenses and related certificate of origins
  4. Any Pre-shipment requirements from the destination country

Document Requirements Documents

Export documentation requirements vary depending on the value of the goods, destination of the shipment and if the goods are controlled, prohibited or regulated. Goods that must be reported require a bill of lading/air waybill, an SAD (Single Administrative Document) export declaration, a commercial or a pro-forma invoice, as well as any export permits, certificate, licenses required for controlled, prohibited or regulated goods. All controlled, regulated commodities require an export permit regardless of the value. It is extremely important that all documents tendered for export clearance processing are accurate in every way. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation may result in lengthy delays in customs processing and may result in warehousing and other customs fees.

Export license applications for dual-use goods are handled by the National Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP).

Agricultural products subject to EU CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) licensing require the license be obtained prior to export from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Certain cultural goods are subject to export licensing through the Director of Cultural Heritage.

General Export Clearance Information

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Sweden Export Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited via FedEx Services out of Sweden:

  • Atlantic red tuna fish (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, and Honduras
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • L-Trytophane and any items having L-trytophane as an ingredient
  • Rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption
  • Certain US Beef hormones
  • CFC, HCFC, e.g. products containing foam rubber, aerosols (hair sprays), or fire extinguishers containing halon
  • PCB, PCT products, e.g. transformer oil
  • Products which have been surface-treated with cadmium or containing cadmium substances
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)
  • Prescription Drugs and Non Prescription Drugs are prohibited for private individuals only

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General Export Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Sweden Restrictions

Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA

Non perishable food, except to EU member states

Guns and weapons - strictly controlled by license

Wildlife - controlled by CITES and health restrictions

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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Tullverket (Swedish Customs)
P.O. Box 12 854
Alströmergatan 39 (street address)
SE-112 98 Stockholm
Tel: +46 771-520 520
Fax: +46 8-20 80 12

  • Import and export issues and procedures related to Customs

Jordbruksverket-Stöd, Bidrag & MjölkkvoterSwedish Board of Agriculture-Animal Health and Welfare Division

SE- 551 82 Jönköping
Tel: +46 36 15 50 00
Fax: +46 36 19 05 46

  • Issues import/export permits for those goods regulated by CITES
  • Administers issuance of CAP licensing for agricultural products for both import and export
  • Issues import licenses/permits for animals and animal products

Livsmedelsverket (National Food Administration)
Box 622
SE-751 26 Uppsala
Tel: 018-17 55 00
Fax: 018-10 58 48

  • Regulates products used for human consumption

Kommerskollegium (National Board of Trade)
Box 6803
Drottninggatan 89
113 86 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46-8-690 48 00
Fax: +46-8-30 67 59

  • Administration of import and export licenses related to trade issues
  • Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures in the EU

Inspektionen för Strategiska Produkter (National Inspectorate of Strategic Products) Div of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Klarabergsviadukten 90
107 22 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 8-406 31 24
Fax: +46 8-20 31 00

  • Controls the export of military equipment
  • Controls the export of dual-use goods
  • National authority under the Chemical Weapons Convention

Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
SE-106 48 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 8 698 10 00
Fax: +46 8 20 29 25

  • Regulates the import of cfc's and halons

Läkemedelsverket (Medical Products Agency)
Husargatan 8 (visiting address)
Box 26
SE-751 03 Uppsala, Sweden
Tel: 018-174600
Fax: 018-548566

  • Responsible for providing information about medicines for both humans and animals
  • Provides permission to carry out clinical trials and approve licenses
  • Regulates the import of narcotics and precursors
Riksantikvarieämbetet (National Heritage Board)
Box 5405
114 84 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: 08-5191 8000
Fax: 08 660 7284
  • Controls the export of cultural goods as directed by EU legislation

Riksskatteverket (National Tax Board)
(Numerous offices in country)
Tulegatan 4
106 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: 08-458 30 00
Fax: 08-612 81 35

  • Issues related to value added tax (VAT) and excise tax
  • The euro

Fiskeriverket (Swedish Board of Fisheries)
Ekelundsgatan 1401 26 Göteborg, Sweden
Tel: +46 (0) 31 743 03 00
Fax: +46 (0) 31 743 04 44

  • Regulates the import of fish and fish products

Statens strålskyddsinstitut (Swedish Radiation Protection Authority)
Statens strålskyddsinstitut
171 16 Stockholm
Tel: 08 729 7100
Fax: 08 729 7108

  • Regulates the import of x-ray equipment and other radiation emitting equipment

 

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