Sweden is a Member State of the European Union (EU), which is a customs union with a common trade policy. As such, it shares a common trade and customs policy with the other Member States, which implies for example that the customs tariff for an imported product is the same in every Member State. Sweden works actively within the EU for further trade liberalisation and facilitation.
A large number of requirements for imported goods into the EU are harmonised and regulated in EU directives. As a Member State, Sweden is obliged to incorporate these requirements into its regulatory framework. Please note that there are some areas where EU legislation is not harmonised, implying that there might exist additional national requirements for imports.
Sweden is also a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and therefore conforms to the legal framework of the organization.
When exporting to Sweden, compliance with both Swedish and EU trade rules and regulations is required. Open Trade Gate Sweden will provide information on these rules and regulations free of charge to exporters in developing countries.