Open Trade Gate of Sweden (OTGS), which acts as a facilitator to potential exporters to Sweden, urged Sri Lankan exporters to tap into the huge potential existing within the Scandinavian market.
This request was made when the officials of the OTGS held a half-day seminar entitled ‘Exports to Sweden’ for a group of Sri Lankan exporters at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently.
The seminar, which was facilitated by the Department of Commerce of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden in association with the Ceylon Chamber, covered areas such as the services the exporters can obtain through the Open Trade Gate of Sweden, export procedures to be followed when exporting to Sweden, EU regulations and requirements.
They also highlighted the potential existing for exporters in the Swedish market, details about Swedish imports and consumer demands, topics of special complexity, such as the rules of origin, certification and standards, etc.
According to Helena Hafgren, a senior official from the Open Trade Gate of Sweden, textiles, garments, ceramics, jewellery, fruits, vegetables, tea and spices were among several items that Sri Lankan exporters could focus on exporting to Sweden.
During the seminar, Trade Policy Advisor of the Open Trade Gate of Sweden, Nesli Aimufti explained that EU trade policies and import requirements would have to be followed by exporters who intended to export to Sweden.
Interested parties can visit www.opentradegate.se to obtain more details about how to export to Sweden.
During 2014, Sri Lanka exported around $ 30 million worth of goods to Sweden, while it imported $ 45 million of goods from the country.