Regulations concerning dangerous goods and their movement between countries are notoriously convoluted, even within the EU. Governmental agencies usually keep lists of what are considered dangerous or banned goods, but it’s not always easy to determine if those lists are up to date.
Like other Scandinavian countries, Sweden is known for its strict approach to imports. If you are a UK supplier or manufacturer with customers in this Nordic country and need to know what’s the latest information of dangerous goods, don’t spend any more time browsing – we’ve done the research for you.
What’s The Current Swedish Legislation Around Importing ‘Dangerous Goods’?
According to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, ‘dangerous goods’ are any items that can cause damage to property or the environment and injury to health due to their particular physical and / or chemical characteristics. This includes goods with flammable, explosive, radioactive, toxic, or corrosive properties. With this in mind, goods and substances deemed dangerous in Sweden are officially classified into:
- Class 1 substances (explosive), such as ammunition and pyrotechnical products.
- Class 2 substances (gases), which includes flammable and non-flammable gases.
- Class 3 substances (flammable liquids).
- Class 4 substances (flammable solids).
- Class 5 (organic peroxides and oxidising substances).
- Class 6 (toxic and infectious goods).
- Class 7 (radioactive substances).
- Class 8 (corrosive materials.)
- Class 9 (miscellaneous), which includes products containing asbestos, batteries, and dry ice, among others.
Some common examples of goods that fall into the above categories include cigarette lighters, gas canisters, petrol, spray cans, arsenic, fireworks, and products containing DMF, CLC, L-Trytophane, and sulphuric acid.
European Rules For Dangerous Goods Movements
However, the above list isn’t comprehensive and is subject to change. What’s more, in addition to Swedish legislation, the carriage of dangerous goods in Europe is governed by ADR rules, which apply to road transport. Both regulatory frameworks make provisions for the transportation of dangerous items and clearly specify how they should be packaged, labelled, handled, and documented. To add another layer of complexity, the requirements vary depending on which transportation method is used. For example, dangerous substances shipped to Sweden via air freight must also comply with IATA regulations on this matter.
If this looked complicated – it is! But you can still ship ‘dangerous goods’ to Sweden if you get the help of a knowledgeable expert. The NTEX team is the reliable partner of UK companies with export links to Sweden. Our company has Swedish genes and over the years we’ve established a network of local offices and 3PLs throughout Scandinavia, which can support you with all your specialist consignment needs from the UK to Sweden.
Feel free to contact us for more information or a free shipment quotation.
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