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Import/Export

Japan to Sweden

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Sweden.

Private persons:

  • Only to adults (over 18 years old)
  • Social security number required before clearance
  • Carbon driven air-soft gun is allowed for import
  • Gas driven air-soft gun is allowed.

Commercial:

  • Gas driven air soft guns can be imported if the company has a permit

For all imports of air soft weapons, the type of the weapon, the operating mode (gas driven or carbon driven) and the correct value must be on the invoice. Missing information must be provided by the shipper or consignee. If a correct customs declaration within 15 days is not possible due to missing information, the goods must be returned at shippers expense.

Private:
  • Alcohol is prohibited and will be returned at shippers' expense. Alcoholic beverages within gift shipments are not allowed

Companies:

  • Import only allowed for registered importer of wine and spirits (Skatteupplagshavare)
  • Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. The type of alcohol, the volume percentage of alcohol (Vol%) and the total volume of the alcoholic beverage must be stated on the invoice
  • The import of alcoholic beverages requires a special contract with UPS for the transport of International Special Commodities (ISC)

Alcohol sent to companies not registered for the importation of alcohol will be returned at shippers' expense.

Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

Shipments of medicine for a company or hospital requires an Import License.

Medicine shipments to private individuals are prohibited.

Most kinds of natur-cure (for example, anti-depression agents, weight-loss agents, eye drops) are classified as medicine. If they are classified as medicine by the Health and Drug administration they are subject to the above mentioned prohibitions and restrictions and will be returned on shippers expenses.

Please contact Brokerage before shipping medicine to Sweden.

Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs (for example tea with origin China) imported from certain third countries are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

The customs offices responsible for our import sites are not all defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE can only be imported via UPS import ports where the responsible customs office is defined as DPE. Possible import site is Stockholm.

All food supplements are checked by the Health and Drug Administration. Food supplements are very often classified as medicine. To avoid delays, all food supplements need a detailed declaration of contents on the invoice or on an attached sheet.

If classified as medicine the importer must have a permit from the Health and Drug Administration before import. Without a permit the shipment has to be returned or abandoned.

The Application is sent to the Health and Drug Administration together with the declaration of contents.

The permit is needed for clearance.

For further information please see 'Medicine'.

Shipments of medicine for a company or hospital requires an Import License.

Medicine shipments to private individuals are prohibited.

Most kinds of natur-cure (e.g. anti-depression agents, weight-loss agents, eye drops) are classified as medicine. If they are classified as medicine by the Health and Drug administration they are subject to the above mentioned prohibitions and restrictions and will be returned on shippers expenses.

Please contact Brokerage before shipping medicine to Sweden.

Animal Organs
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
According to the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds are considered to be plants. Plants and dried leaves are prohibited.
The European Union (EU) has implemented specific conditions and detailed procedures for the import of plastic kitchenware (HS-Code 3924 1000 11) made of polyamide and melamine and originated in or consigned from China or Hong Kong (regulation 284/2011). Tableware (for example, plates, flatware, cups) are excluded from the restrictions. The reason for the new regulation were notifications and alerts by the European 'Rapid Alert System'- kitchen tableware was recognized which exceed the thresholds of aromatic amines and formaldehyde released into food.

Based on the regulation, controls must be performed at the point of introduction into the EU by the competent authorities. They include documentary checks on all consignments and identity or physical checks (including laboratory checks) on 10% of the consignments. All consignments of kitchen tableware (HS code 3924 1000) originated or consigned from China or Hong Kong must be accompanied by a declaration confirming that it meets the requirements concerning the release of primary aromatic amines and formaldehyde. The declaration shall be accompanied by a laboratory report that the consignments fulfill the requirements.

The goods and declaration must be examined at the first point of introduction into the EU.

The consignments shall be notified at the first point of introduction at least two working days in advance.

Our main points of entry (Cologne, Germany and East Midlands, United Kingdom) are not competent to perform the checks and forwarding under bond is prohibited without the checks. Products covered by the new regulation and destined to the EU can't be accepted by UPS. Exporters should clearly state on the invoice the material and the country of origin of plastic kitchenware to avoid holds on commodities not subject to the regulation.

Tobacco products are subject to excise duty. The type of tobacco products and the total amount must be stated on the invoice. Private importers must be 18 years of age to import tobacco products

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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