Over the past decade Swedish and Swedish related companies have showed an increased interest in doing business in the East African region.
Are you interested in exporting your products to Sweden, or do you wish to make imports? Would you like to explore opportunities for investments in Sweden? Below is a list of Swedish institutions dedicated to making it easier for foreign companies to make business with Sweden. This is your gateway to the Swedish market.
Business Sweden was founded 1 January 2013 by a merger of the Swedish Trade Council and Invest Sweden, and is jointly owned by the Swedish government and the private sector. Its main objective is to help Swedish businesses in reaching export markets, and to create business opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises to grow on the international market. Business Sweden also identifies competency centers, consisting of clusters of companies, industries and skills on the Swedish market.
SWEACC was launched in November 2010 and has the objective to promote the development of trade and investments between Sweden and the countries of the East African Community (EAC). The chamber serves as a platform for networking between business people interested in this objective.
The Association of Swedish Chambers of Commerce is the national organisation and network for regional chambers, all uniquely positioned at the heart of every business community in Sweden. Chambers are important links for contacts and networking on regional, national and international levels.
The National Board of Trade (Kommerskollegium) is an independent government agency acting as an expert administrative authority on foreign trade and Swedish trade policies. Its activities fall mainly within the framework of the European Union and its internal market, but the Board also advocates an open and strong multilateral trading system, continued trade liberalisation and a simplification of trade procedures. It provides analyses of Swedish trade policies and information on i.e. import licences.
The Swedish Federation of Trade (Svenskt Näringsliv) is the principal organ in Sweden for Swedish importers, wholesalers, suppliers and retailers. It has 20 000 members, of whom a large number of trade associations and local business organisations. The Federation works for increased imports to Sweden and thus promotes free trade across borders. It aims at enhancing the awareness of the significance of trade and imports to Sweden. A special unit called the Import Council offers service to companies that want to export to Sweden, on i.e. import licences, border inspections, import documents and customs regulations. It assists companies in establishing contacts between suppliers from abroad and Swedish trade associations/companies and offers information on Swedish markets and trends.
Open Trade Gate Sweden is one component of Sweden’s wish to strengthen the capacity of developing countries’ ability to trade and export. The initiative to form and develop Open Trade Gate Sweden stems from the Swedish Minister of Trade and Industry and the Swedish Minister of Development Cooperation. Open Trade Gate Sweden is a part of the National Board of Trade, which is Sweden’s governmental authority for foreign trade and trade policy.
This free-to-use comprehensive directory provides information such as name of companies, contact details, address, telephone, fax, e-mail, and web addresses of Swedish companies.