Importing from Sweden to the UK: A Guide for Business

Sweden has a lot to offer UK businesses as a trading partner. Being in relatively close proximity to the British Isles it offers easy connections via air, rail, sea and by road, but on top of this, with its own relatively strong economy, it has a wealth of different import options.

 

Some of the main UK imports from Sweden include paper, vehicles, machinery and wood, with oil being the major item imported. There are also plenty of other sectors on offer for UK businesses to capitalise on; as ever though you need to ensure you are importing securely and legally.

 

This is where the next in our import guides can help you out, we’ve detailed what you need to do and have in place to make your shipments a success. Read on to find out more.

Sweden Fact File:

Official Language: Swedish

Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK) – remember to checkexchange rates

GDP: $467.450billion (estimate)

Calling Code: +46

Capital City: Stockholm

Population: 9.8m (estimate)

As Sweden and the UK are both part of the EU the process of importing is relatively straightforward, so long as you have the following documentation and processes in place:

Commodity Codes

In order to quickly get your goods classified, they need the correct commodity code. This code is used for the classification of goods and helps ensure the import has the right amount of duty or tax. There are several different codes for different goods and to find the right one for your imports, this Trade Tariff search tool from the Government can tell you what you need to know.

 

VAT-registered

If you haven’t done so already, you should get your business VAT-registered and receive your VAT registration number to pass onto your Swedish suppliers. This is a must for ensuring you pay the right amount on the goods you import and so you don’t end up also paying the Swedish MOMS in addition to UK VAT. For further information on VAT regulations and how to register, this page on gov.uk can help.

 

Checking Duties and Taxes

Despite the assurances of being fully VAT-registered, it still pays to check for any potential extra duties and taxes you might have to pay. This could be on factors such as the type of goods you’re importing, as well as how they are transported back to the UK from Sweden.

Commercial Invoices and Import Licences

There’s also a possibility you might need to complete a commercial invoice on your imports, which along with the aforementioned Commodity Code, includes a full breakdown of key information like the order, items, costs and transportation. Equally, some goods are subject to you having the correct licence for import, so it’s important to check this before you begin trading.

Restrictions

Despite the positive trade relations between the UK and Sweden, it’s important to remember that there are still restrictions and limitations in place on goods such as weapons and certain food-stuffs. You can find a full list of such items here on this useful Government page.

External Support

Last but not least, remember you can always rely on the services of TNT if you’re looking to start importing your goods from Sweden. Our established international connections and networks cover air, road and sea and not only can we ensure your goods reach your UK business, you can let us take the hassle out of managing this for yourself.

 

Find out more about our international deliveries and shipping tools here.