According to the Swedish Product Safety Act, goods and services provided by entrepreneurs must be safe. The Swedish Consumer Agency is responsible for checking the safety of toys, personal safety equipment and goods and services not covered by special product directives within the EU.
Nowadays, almost all rules on foodstuffs are drawn up within the EU and they apply across the whole of the EU. The Swedish Food Act supplements EU regulations. It contains rules on monitoring, duties, penalties and appeals.
Permits and licences
When you want to start a business, it is important to find out whether it needs a licence, registration or other notification to the authorities. Search the database Find permits on the business portal verksamt.se.
Anyone registering for VAT reporting is allocated a VAT registration number by the Swedish National Tax Board (Skatteverket). You can apply for a VAT registration number via the online services on verksamt.se, run jointly by the Swedish Companies Registration Office and the National Tax Board. If you sell goods within the EU, you can check your customer's VAT registration number on the European Commission website.
According to the Swedish Bookkeeping Act (Bokföringslagen), an invoice (supporting document) must contain, among other things:
- The date (when it was drawn up)
- The customer (to whom the invoice is addressed)
- The transaction (when it occurred)
- The specification (what the invoice covers)
- The amount
Trade in goods
You do not need to pay customs duty when you trade in goods within the EU, so you do not need to submit an export declaration. There are some goods that are covered by special provisions aimed at safeguarding the environment, health and safety. Examples are weapons, medicines and animals.
In some cases, you may need to submit Intrastat reports on your business to Statistics Sweden (SCB).
Information on requirements regarding technical regulations is provided by the Swedish National Board of Trade’s Product Contact Point. The Contact Point will tell you whether there are technical regulations in Sweden for a given product type, and if so, what they are.
Trade barriers and other obstacles to the free movement of goods within the EU/EEA can be reported by contacting SOLVIT.
In the Swedish Customs and Excise search system, Kvota, you can search for information on customs quotas. By entering the quota number, country of origin or year, you can obtain up-to-date information on quotas.