Regional transport aid

Regional transport aid is a local political grant that aims to stimulate refinement within the industrial life in North Sweden and to compensate for the cost disadvantages due to long transport distances.

Transport aid may be granted companies for transporting goods to and from the four northernmost provinces.

The transport allowance is governed by the Regulation of regional transport aid (SFS 2000:281) and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth´s regulations (TVFS 2009:2).

Basic terms

The support area includes the four provinces of Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland and Västernorrland.

The grant may be submitted to the freight payer for domestic transportation by rail, commercial traffic on road or at sea. Also international transport can be included in the application, however, given a transport only for the carriage undertaken in Sweden.

Transport distance should exceed 401 km.

Outbound transport aid may be given for shipments from the support area if the goods are full -or semi-finished products that have undergone significant processing in the support area.

Ingoing contribution is admitted for transport of raw material and intermediate goods that will undergo significant, processing at the recipient in the support area. However, for the contribution to be provided, the product needs to be processed within one of the following industries:

  1. Textile, apparel, leather and leather products,
  2. Paint industry,
  3. Pharmaceutical industry,
  4. Detergent and toilet preparations industry,
  5. Rubber products industry,
  6. Plastic products,
  7. Porcelain and ceramics industry,
  8. Glass and glass products industry,
  9. Manufacturing,
  10. Musical instrument industry,
  11. Sport goods industry

Sectors and goods

Some goods are excluded from the outbound transport aid. Aid for outbound transport is not paid for transportation of the following items:

  1. Salt, sulfur, earth and stones, gypsum, lime and cement ;
  2. Ores, slag and ash,
  3. Mineral solid fuels,
  4. Mineral oils and bituminous substances, distillation, mineralsolids of the mineral oils,
  5. Round timber of any kind,
  6. Pulp wood
  7. Charcoal wood, fuel pellets, firewood and split wood, chips, edgings, sawdust and shavings,
  8. Paper pulp,
  9. Paper and paperboard
  10. Iron and steel products from iron, steel and metal, and iron and steel products as beams, rods, plates and flat sheet of iron and steel wholesalers and other companies,
  11. Other metals and metal alloys,
  12. Scrap or waste of other kinds,
  13. Second- hands goods

Amount of aid

The contribution is calculated from the transport distance and a rate of grant in percent due to the location of the production site.

The rate of contribution is 5 percent lower for ingoing transports than the grant for outbound transports.

Applications and decisions

Application for transport aid is made for each calendar half. Application must be received by the Swedish Growth Agency no later than three months after the calendar half that the application concerns.

You can read more about the regional transport aid in swedish.