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Cargo Shipping To Sweden

With a population of more than 9 million, Sweden one of the biggest countries in the European Union based on land mass. Population growth in Sweden has been positively impacted by immigration. If you are planning on moving overseas to Sweden or living in Sweden for an extended period of time, it may be helpful for you to work with a cargo shipping company to ship personal items and household goods to Sweden.

You are allowed to ship used household goods and personal items duty free to Sweden as long as the items have been in your possession and used outside of the country for at least one year. Swedish citizens coming back home to Sweden must have been outside of the country for at least a year and intend to return to Sweden for at least one year.

If your cargo shipment arrives in Sweden before you are there, your goods can be bonded at a Swedish free port for an additional cost. A free port or "porto franco" is a special customs area typically with more relaxed customs regulations. As part of the European Union, there are several free ports in Sweden which include Frihamnen and Saint-Barthélemy.

Paperwork for Cargo Shipping To Sweden

If you are shipping cargo to Sweden, you’ll need to have the following paperwork in order:

Detailed Inventory. You’ll need at least three copies of a detailed inventory of your cargo shipping goods with information about the contents in each cargo shipping container. It is important to be as detailed and specific as possible. You may incur additional fees if a Swedish Customs officer has to examine your shipment due to incomplete inventory documentation.

Swedish Customs Form. If you are shipping cargo to Sweden, you are also required to provide a Swedish Customs Form. This document, referred to in Swedish as the Foersaekran Foer Flyttsakstullfrihet, must be signed by you with a witness in Sweden.

Taxable Items and Restricted Goods

If you are cargo shipping to Sweden, there are some items that you may be expected to pay taxes on. These items include goods that are less than a year old. You are also required to pay duties if you are shipping alcohol to Sweden.

It is sometimes advisable not to ship alcohol to Sweden with household goods due to possible delays and additional charges. If you are shipping medicine to Sweden, make sure you have a prescription. In order to ship firearms, weapons, ammunition, or explosives to Sweden, you’ll need a special import license issued by the Swedish police.

Items Prohibited from Shipping to Sweden

If you are shipping household goods to Sweden, it is important to note that there are some items you are not allowed to ship to Sweden. Items prohibited from being shipped to Sweden include the following:
  • Drugs and any narcotics

  • Wireless telephones

  • Switchblades

  • Live plants
You are also prohibited from shipping any skins or ivory from animals listed on the Endangered Species list to Sweden.

Shipping a Car to Sweden

Interesting in Shipping a Car to Sweden? If you are interested in shipping a car to Sweden, it is important to note that you must plan to be present for customs clearance. If you qualify for duty-free import of household items, you also may qualify for the duty-free import of a car to Sweden.

In order to ship a car to Sweden duty-free, your car must be owned and used outside of the country for more than a year before shipment. Once you arrive in Sweden, you are also required to keep your car for at least a year after shipping it to Sweden. It is also important to note that if you are shipping a car to Sweden duty free, only one car per person is allowed to be imported to Sweden.

Also, all customers shipping a car to Sweden must contact the Swedish customs office to find out the latest regulations regarding catalytic converters. There are some important documents you’ll need before you ship a car to Sweden including the following:
  • Certificate of Registration

  • Vehicle purchase invoice that includes price and data and place of purchase

  • Customs form (this is separate from the household goods form)

  • Insurance documents from country of origin

  • "Interims insurance" provided by a Swedish insurance company
Interested in Bringing a Pet to Sweden?

If you are moving to Sweden and would like to bring a pet with you, there are a few things you should know. In order to import a pet to Sweden, you will need to obtain a special permit from the National Board of Agriculture in Sweden.

You will also need to have your pet complete a health examination by a veterinarian. If you are bringing your pet to Sweden from another country in the European Union, make sure to have an EU pet passport.  You can obtain and EU pet passport from your veterinarian.

There also may be a required quarantine period for certain animals to be imported to Sweden. It is best to check with the Swedish Department of Agriculture for the most up to date rules and regulations about bringing an pet to Sweden.

Moving overseas takes planning and there is a lot to think about as you plan an overseas move to Sweden. A dependable and reliable cargo shipping company can help you with all of the country specific rules and regulations. Choosing the right international cargo shipping company can help make your experience with international shipping and overseas moving positive.

Call Cargo Experts toll free call today at 866-994-7822 with any questions you might have about cargo shipping to the Sweden or for a free freight quote for your cargo shipment to Sweden.

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