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What is an import declaration?

The basis of imports.

An import declaration is a necessary document for you who want to bring goods into Sweden from other countries. It is important to understand what an import declaration means and how it affects your business operations. In this article, we go through everything you need to know about import declarations in Sweden, including important steps to avoid common mistakes.

What is an import declaration?

An import declaration is a document that must be submitted to the Customs when you import goods to Sweden. This document is essential for your goods to pass through customs and be legally brought into the country. The import declaration helps ensure that all necessary fees, such as customs and VAT, are paid and that the goods comply with Swedish rules and standards.

Why is the import declaration important?

The purpose of the import declaration is multiple:

  • Prevent illegal trade: It checks that goods brought into the country are not illegal or prohibited.

  • Ensuring fairness: It ensures that all imported goods are taxed correctly, which contributes to fair competition in the market.

  • Protect the consumer: It ensures that goods meet all relevant Swedish and EU regulations.

How do I fill in an import declaration?

Completing an import declaration requires accuracy and knowledge of applicable laws. The information needed includes:

  • Detailed description of the goods,

  • Total value of the goods,

  • Information about the importer and exporter,

  • Country of origin and

  • Transport method.

Either you try to do the import yourself in the Customs' electronic system to submit your declaration, which may require that you have a digital identification and that you are registered with the Customs. Or you contact a customs agent. We suggest you stay on this page, click contact and let us do the work for you while you have a cup of coffee!

Frequently asked questions about import declaration in Sweden

Q: Do I always have to submit an import declaration when I import goods to Sweden?

A: Yes, regardless of the size of your import, an import declaration must always be submitted to the Customs Office in order for the goods to be legally allowed into the country.

Q: What happens if I don't submit an import declaration?

A: Failure to submit an import declaration can lead to sanctions such as fines or, in the worst case, confiscation of the goods.

Q: Can I get help filling in my import declaration?

A: Yes, there are many customs agents and specialist companies that can help with customs declarations and ensure that everything is done correctly.

Q: How long does it take to process an import declaration?

A: The time to process a declaration can vary, but if all the necessary information is correct and no further checks are required, your goods can usually be cleared through customs on the same day the declaration is submitted.

If you plan to start an import business or just need to bring individual goods into Sweden, it is important that you have a clear understanding of how import declarations work. By following these guidelines and possibly enlisting professional help, you can ensure that your import process will be as smooth and trouble-free as possible.

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