At Green Cargo, we provide customs services to customers with cross-border transports to and from third countries.
Customs management is aimed at monitoring legal and illegal flows of goods passing in and out of the EU, partly through administrative monitoring of legal flows, and partly through crime prevention and investigative activities directed at illegal flows.
All customs management is regulated in Sweden by the Swedish Customs Administration, based on the EU-wide legislation. As a carrier, Green Cargo is responsible for preventing the transfer of goods to or from a non-EU country in the absence of correct customs documentation.
Therefore, we must ensure that all transports have the correct documentation, before they leave Sweden for transport to a non-EU country or from a non-EU country to Sweden. The goods’ owner or agent is responsible for creating the export declaration.
The relevant customs documents must be available to Green Cargo in good time before the consignment leaves your hands.
We charge an administrative fee for cross-border transports. If you have purchased customs services from us, the fee is included in the other prices. If you have not purchased any customs services (but have your own customs agent), we will charge a fee, because we must take on administrative tasks even if you have your own customs agent.
If you have any questions: for questions about customs services, please contact your salesperson; for questions about the consignment itself, please contact your customer service contact.
Changes to the customs procedure regarding imported goods as of 2023
Swedish Customs has decided to change customs handling procedures in early 2023, in order to adapt to EU customs legislation. This means that all goods entering Sweden from non-EU countries must be handled in the same manner, regardless of the type of traffic, and the possibility of clearing the goods by email at a later date will be discontinued.
Instead, the transit procedure will apply to all goods arriving by rail. Depending on your role in the supply chain, you will need to adapt differently to meet the requirement that the goods must be subject to the transit procedure upon arriving in Sweden or the EU by rail.
How does the new legislation impact the consignee or importer of the goods?
If the consignee’s goods are shipped all the way by rail to the unloading point or via an intermodal terminal by truck to the unloading point (the transshipment from rail freight to road freight at the intermodal terminal is then considered to be merely a shipment event), the transit must end at the unloading point and the goods are then transferred to what is termed “free circulation.” The transit phase must not end until the goods arrive at the consignee or unloading point.
The individual responsible for the operation of the unloading site for the goods concerned must apply for the required permits. If the consignee should fail to comply with customs management pursuant to the new legislation, there is a risk that the goods will not be transferred to free circulation and, by law, may not be unloaded. Furthermore,, the consignee may be subject to retroactive debiting by the Swedish Customs and liable for costs linked to waiting times and wagon hire.
What must consignees ensure?
All dutiable goods entering Sweden by rail must be accompanied by a transit document. To complete the transit procedure in Sweden where the goods are to be unloaded (based on an Import declaration, after which the goods are free for circulation), the following are required:
- Permit for “other approved location”
- Permit for “approved consignee for transit”
- EDI permit
- Permit for “comprehensive guarantee”
- New Computerized Transit System (NCTS)
All permits are applied for via Swedish Customs
The NCTS system must be purchased; or you can hire a customs agent who provides the service. A customs agent can also assist with your applications.