Sweden is one of the European Union’s largest countries (by land mass) and boasts of a population of more than 9 million people. Located between Norway (on the western side) and Finland (on the eastern side) just north east of Denmark, it is increasingly gaining popularity with international companies and expats alike. This has fuelled the rapid growth of the logistics industry. Now, if you find that you need to ship anything to this EU country, there are a few things you should know.
For starters, each country has restrictions to what they allow in and out of the country, and Sweden is no exception. Before you pack or even think of finding the perfect shipping company, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Things that are prohibited
. Narcotics and drugs
. Wireless phones
. Live plants
. Switchblades Skins, ivory or products from endangered animals etc
Shipping, especially if it is international, is a long procedure that involves a series of processes. Each of these processes should be clearly documented for accountability and tracing purposes, hence the need for both paperwork and electronic tracing.
Detailed Inventory List
The first and foremost thing is to have a detailed list of all the items contained in the shipment. This detailed inventory should come in 3 copies, and should be as precise as possible. Keep in mind that the shipment has to go through the border customs offices, and you may incur additional costs if you surrender an incomplete inventory list. Your preferred logistics partner will guide you through the process.
The Border Customs Form
All cargo going through the customs office should be accompanied by a dully filled Swedish customs form. The form should be signed by you, and must also have the signature of a witness in Sweden.
There is a wide array of items that cannot be shipped to Sweden unless with a special permit. For starters, if you are relocating and wish to bring your pet with you to Sweden, you must have a permit from Swedish Agriculture Board, a pet passport, and a health certificate from a veterinarian just to name a few documents. If you wish to bring along such items as alcohol, pharmaceutical products or ammunition, you will need special permits from the relevant authorities. Make sure you check with the customs to ensure that you get all the required permits for all items in your inventory list.
Every shipment must be insured against loss, theft, damage and any other calamity. When taking up insurance, make sure the validity covers the time it will take to get your cargo to its destination (whether house or company warehouse). If the cargo arrives before you make adequate arrangement to have it shipped to your house or company warehouse, you will need to pay additional costs of storage at the shipper’s space until you can come get them.
The Relevant Documents Pertaining To Each Cargo
There are some documents that are specific to some items. For example, if you are shipping a vehicle to Sweden, you will need to have some documents in order, over and above the general permits and custom forms. These include registration certificate, purchase invoice, vehicle data (make, color, place of purchase and all the details pertaining to the sale), as well as insurance documents. These authorization documents differ from one shipment to the next so make sure you get the appropriate papers.
There are 3 main ways though which you can ship cargo into Sweden.
|If you want some items shipped urgently, you can opt for air freight. In most cases, the airfreight costs are not inclusive of any other charge except cost of transport. This means that you will separately sort out insurance, transport to and from the airport, duties, documentation, taxes, and storage prior and after shipping etc. Be sure to check with your logistics company and plan accordingly.|
|This is the best options when shipping bulky cargo abroad. The charges may be by weight and it may take a few days to get to Sweden depending on where you are shipping from. Some shipping companies will offer storage and transport to final destination in the shipping quote so be sure to clarify that.|
|This is the easiest option if you are not too far from Sweden. Road freight services are usually on kerbside delivery. This means that the shipping company will take your cargo on your doorstep and deliver it to the doorstep of your destination. Most of the items shipped through road are in boxes or suitcases, usually arranged on pallets for security reasons.|
Regardless of what you are shipping, you will need the services of experienced and reputable shipping companies. This means that you will need to do thorough research on who to work with as they will guide you through the legalities of international shipping.
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