Customs collects taxes on goods

Customs collects customs duties, import duties and value added tax relating to trade in goods with non-EU countries, i.e. third countries. The trade policy of the EU is carried out through the customs duties and they are remitted to the European Commission as part of the membership contribution to the EU. The trade can be controlled, restricted and secured with the customs duties and the duties on a certain product can be increased or decreased for economic reasons or because of the labour market. The State retains a collection fee of 20 percent of the customs duties. On the other hand, each euro not collected in the form of customs duty, increases the share that the State must pay out in the form of other EU membership contributions.

The application of the rules of origin is also essentially connected to the customs duties. The rules of origin determine, among other things, how the product should be manufactured so that it receives preferential treatment regarding customs duties and taxes to be levied. Developing countries are granted unilateral preferential treatment on imports to the EU. Customs controls that the goods are declared correctly in terms of customs taxation and that the restrictions on import and export are observed.

Customs collects fairway dues from vessels that call at ports of Finland. Customs also collects such taxes and duties, which Customs should collect in accordance with legislation. Customs collects excise duty from cash-customers for imports from non-EU countries and when customs procedures have been violated. Customs also collects excise duty, e.g. on liquid fuels, soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco products that have disappeared from a customs warehouse. Customs also collects value added tax relating to the tax border of the Åland Islands.



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