Export to Sweden and the EU

Sweden is a member of the EU, a customs union with a common trade policy. The customs tariff for an imported product is the same in every member state. Imported goods to one country with duties paid, can move around freely and sold to another country within the union. This is the definition of the EU internal market.

Within the EU, the requirements for goods which are placed on the market are harmonised. Traded goods on the EU market should comply with these rules, whether they are produced in the EU or imported into the EU. Please note that there are some areas where the requirements are not harmonised, where additional national requirements might exist.

The requirements usually take the form of technical rules and standards, set out in EU or, sometimes, national legislation. These rules and standards are related to health and safety concerns. They aim to protect the public from risks related to the manufacturing or use of products. Fulfillment of these requirements must be demonstrated by some form of evidence (certificate for example).

However, it is important to note that these rules often only constitute a prerequisite for selling products in the EU. Over the past years private sector initiatives have sprung up, developing their own standards for products and processes. These private certifications are playing an increasing role in trade. In many cases EU importers expect, not only that a product meets the legal requirements, but is certified against additional voluntary private standards as well.

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