From another country
Find information about what applies when you receive letters and parcels from other countries, or import goods, for example when buying online.
Have a gift sent to you
You do not need to pay duties and VAT for a gift sent from a private person outside the EU if
- it is an individual shipment intended for personal use by you or your family
- the value of the shipment is less than SEK 500.
Read more from Swedish Customs about what applies for gifts from abroad.
Import – Receive/buy online
Import refers to an item taken in from a country outside of the EU – and from countries not included in EU tax areas or areas covered by EU excise legislation.
PostNord must make sure that VAT is paid before any goods can be delivered. Some parcels, especially those with minor value ordered from China, will be notified to the recipients by either sms or a letter with information on how to pay the VAT and VAT declaration fee. Once these charges have been paid, the parcel will be delivered to the recipient or service point, depending on size and the chosen shipment service.
For other types of parcels, VAT and the fee for VAT declaration is paid at the service point in conjunction with the delivery of the parcel.
The VAT declaration fee for individuals is normally SEK 75 including VAT for parcels with a declared value less than SEK 1,500 and SEK 125including VAT for parcels with a declared value of SEK 1,500 or above as a declaration for customs tariff is also necessary in these cases. For some goods, so called restricted goods (for instance supplements), a customs declaration form is required and the fee for this service is SEK 125 including VAT even if the declared value is below SEK 1,500.
Special agreement with foreign e-commerce platforms
Under some certain circumstances, VAT will be paid for in the e-Store even though the parcels will be delivered from outside the EU Customs Union. In these cases the parcels will be delivered to the recipient directly after approval from the Swedish Customs agency with no need for further payment from the recipient. As of now, PostNord has an agreement with the E-commerce platform Wish and the agreement covers orders placed from 6 pm, June 14th and onwards. Provided that VAT has been paid for in a correct way, there is no need to pay a VAT declaration fee for these consignments and you can thus disregard from the information below.
Buying online from another EU country
In most cases, ordering goods from an EU country is considered domestic trade. You therefore do not need to pay any duties. VAT is paid according to the VAT rate in the country of origin and is included in the price.
Additional information about imports is available on Swedish Customs website.
Private import of pharmaceuticals is only permitted from countries within EES/EFTA, i.e., EU countries and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. We will therefore return to sender all shipments containing pharmaceutical products classified by the Medical Products Agency as medications. Read more about import regulations on the Medical Products Agency’s website.
The import declaration charge is PostNord’s fee for carrying out the task of submitting the declaration to Swedish Customs on behalf of the importer.