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Importing from China

When you decide to take the step of importing products from China, it is crucial to be well-prepared for the regulations and formalities surrounding international trade. The process begins with understanding the laws and regulations that apply to imports into Sweden. Having knowledge of these rules is essential to ensure a smooth import process and avoid potential obstacles.

Before your goods even leave China, you must ensure that all necessary export declarations are correctly filled out. These documents are crucial for your goods to be allowed to leave the exporting country and serve as confirmation that all outgoing customs duties and legal requirements have been met. Subsequently, as the products approach Sweden, an import declaration must be submitted. This declaration is vital for your goods to be allowed entry into the country and requires careful attention to ensure that all information is correct and complete.

A customs broker can play a key role in this process. As an expert in customs declaration and related processes, a customs broker can handle the complex documentation and ensure that all duties and taxes are paid correctly. This is particularly valuable because proper handling of customs declarations can not only expedite the release of your goods at the border but also prevent them from being held up in customs.

It is also important to have the correct import documents on hand. These documents include, but are not limited to, invoices, bills of lading, packing lists, and certificates for any specific product requirements. Each document must be accurately completed and provided in a timely manner to facilitate a smooth passage through customs.

By carefully managing these aspects – from export declaration in China to import declaration and customs declaration in Sweden – you minimize the risk of delays and maximize the chances of a successful import transaction. Understanding and adhering to the relevant laws and regulations, equipping yourself with the correct documents, and perhaps hiring a customs broker are key to a successful import process.

Importing from China

What does it cost to import from China through a customs broker?

The cost of using a customs broker when importing goods from China to Sweden can vary depending on several factors, including the type of goods, the value of the shipment, and the specific services you need. Here are some of the key aspects that influence the cost:

Service Fees

Customs brokers usually charge a flat fee for basic customs clearance services. This fee can vary significantly depending on the broker's experience and reputation. Generally, you can expect to pay from a few hundred to a few thousand Swedish kronor per shipment.

Complexity and Additional Services

The cost may increase if your import requires special handling, such as if the products require specific permits, certifications, or are subject to strict regulations. If the customs broker also handles logistics services, such as shipping and warehousing, this will affect the total cost.

Value and Volume of the Shipment

For larger or more expensive shipments, the broker's fees may increase as the risks and responsibilities rise. Some brokers may also charge a percentage-based fee based on the value of the shipment.

VAT and Customs Duties

In addition to the broker's service fee, you will need to pay any applicable customs duties and VAT, which are calculated based on the value of the goods, shipping, and insurance costs (the customs value). The VAT in Sweden is typically 25%, and customs duties vary depending on the type of product.

Extra Fees

There may also be additional charges for storage, delays, or extra documentation required by Swedish customs authorities or other regulatory bodies.

For an exact cost estimate, it is best to contact several customs brokers directly and describe your specific situation and needs. They can provide you with a more detailed and tailored quote based on your import plans.


The import process for companies

Importing goods from China as a company can be a complex process. To begin, your company must be registered as an importer and assigned an EORI number. EORI, which stands for Economic Operator Registration and Identification, is necessary for submitting customs declarations and handling other customs-related activities when importing from or exporting to countries outside the EU. Registration is free and can be easily completed through the Swedish Customs Agency's official website.

Since China is not a member of the EU, there may be customs barriers and other regulatory challenges when importing. The EU has strict rules for imports from China that must be carefully followed. This includes compliance with the RoHS Directive, which aims to protect human health and the environment by restricting the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in your goods being held at customs and potentially sent back to China.

At Tullify, we are dedicated to ensuring that the entire import process from China is handled correctly. By involving us from start to finish, we minimize the risk of complications and ensure that your import proceeds smoothly.

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What goods can be imported?

Importing goods from China offers a wide range of options, with popular products including textiles, automotive products, kitchen equipment, and electronics. Industrial products dominate, accounting for approximately half of all imports to Sweden from China.

For these goods to be sold on the Swedish market, they must comply with specific laws and regulations. For example, products must be CE marked to ensure they meet the EU's standards for health, safety, and environmental protection. This is especially important for products such as toys and protective equipment.

If you plan to import from China regularly, additional permits may be required, such as deferred payment for customs duties or a comprehensive guarantee that covers financial obligations related to customs handling. Knowing these regulations is crucial for a smooth import process and to avoid issues at customs.


The most common questions about importing from China to Sweden

What documents do I need to import from China?

  1. Commercial Invoice

  2. Bill of Lading

  3. Packing List

  4. Import License (if applicable)

  5. CE Certificate (for CE-marked products)

  6. Customs Declaration

What happens if customs seize my goods?

What can Tullify do for me during an import?

What is most imported to Sweden from China?

Who is responsible for paying customs duties when importing from China?

How do I calculate customs duties and VAT when importing from China?

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