Most chemicals, substances as well as mixed preparations that are used in Sweden, are not manufactured here. Most of them, 72 percent of all chemical products, are brought into Sweden from other EU or EES countries. Only 4 percent are imported from countries that are not members of the EU, e.g. Switzerland and Russia.
Number of chemical products of different origin 2011
Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency 2011.
Percentage of chemicals with different origin, 2008-2011
Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.
The share of chemical products that are imported from countries outside the EU/EES area is increasing. The first year this information was compiled the share was 2.2 per cent and three years later, 2011, the share is 4 per cent. It is the part of chemicals imported from the EU that is decreasing.
The chemicals that are most commonly imported are raw materials for plastics and rubber, cleaners and binders, which are raw materials for paints and other coatings. Of the chemicals imported from countries outside the EU/EES, the proportion of raw material for pharmaceuticals and veterinary pharmaceuticals is considerably higher (7 per cent) than the proportion in the import from EU countries (1 per cent).