Swedish Government Abandons Proposed Chemical Tax on Clothing and Footwear Products

A look at the repeal of Sweden’s proposed chemical tax on clothing and footwear.
( | Press Release | 2021-10-12 13:43:24 )
The Swedish government has announced the abandoning of its proposed chemical tax on clothing and footwear due to practical difficulties associated with its introduction.

The tax was originally going to be introduced in April 2021, before being postponed until January 1, 2022, because of the pandemic. It was to be applied to all clothing and footwear manufactured or imported into Sweden and was intended as a driver to force the phasing out of hazardous substances. It was hope this would reduce health issues for consumers and the impact on the environment caused by manufacturing, washing and waste. It was also hoped it would improve the quality of recycled materials.

Following further reassessment, the planned tax introduction has now been abandoned. This is because:

• Changes to Swedish customs rules have created difficulties in imposing the tax for private imports from countries outside the EU
• It is now considered inappropriate to impose a new tax on clothing and footwear during as global economic downturn, and at a time when the apparel industry is undergoing structural reforms
• New and planned rules for hazardous substances covered by the proposed tax have reduced the need for tax collection

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SGS has a worldwide network of over 40 state-of-the-art laboratories, including 10 in China, specializing in testing of apparel, footwear, and home textiles. Their committed team is drawn from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, allowing them to conduct a comprehensive range of physical, chemical, and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. SGS helps companies ensure quality, performance, and compliance with international, industrial, and regulatory standards worldwide. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Softlines Services. []

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