Sweden to Tax Certain Chemicals in Electrical and Electronic Products
On November 24, 2016, Sweden had imposed a new taxation regulation on hazardous substances (mainly bromine-, chlorine- and phosphorus-containing flame retardant) associated with or used within certain electrical and electronic products that are sold in or brought into Sweden. The new regulations will be formally implemented on April 1, 2017 with the effective date scheduled for July 1, 2017.
This tax will affect domestic appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, telephones, routers, game consoles and computers and other electrical products. This chemical tax is to be paid and reported by any business that manufactures taxable products or brings taxable products into the country, or by a registered warehouse holder that delivers taxable products to buyer that is not a warehouse holder.
Table 1: Scale of Taxation
|product type||tax amount||max. tax amount|
|Domestic Appliances||8 kronor per kilogram of the net weight of the taxable good
(approx. HKD 7.1 per kilogram of the net weight of the taxable good)
|320 kronor per taxable good|
(approx. HKD 283.9 per taxable good)
|Other Electrical Products||120 kronor per kilogram of the net weight of the taxable good|
(approx. HKD 106.1 per kilogram of the net weight of the taxable good)
In addition, a tax reduction scheme will be issued for products that meet the requirements of restricted substances.
|CONDITION||REQUIREMENTS OF RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES||TAX REDUCTION amount|
|PCB Board or > 25g of plastic parts in the good||Does not contain any bromine or chlorine compound incorporated via physical mixing which constitutes more than 0.1 % by weight of the homogeneous material||Maximum 50%|
|Does not contain any phosphorus compound incorporated via physical mixing which constitutes more than 0.1 % by weight and any bromine or chlorine compound incorporated via chemical reactions which constitutes more than 0.1 % by weight of the homogeneous material||Maximum 90%|
SGS recommends all companies to investigate their products containing these hazardous materials as early as possible in order to comply with this new law.
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