Arrival notification and presentation (IE347)

The responsibility for presenting goods lies with the person submitting the (entry) summary declaration or their representative.

In air, maritime and rail traffic, the goods are presented with an electronic (arrival) notification and presentation. When goods are carried by road they are presented by handing the transport documents to Customs at a border customs office and supplying the MRN of the entry summary declaration.

Goods may be subject to customs controls based on the data of the entry summary declaration or the summary declaration. Customs notifies the person who presented the goods of which items will be inspected, and gives permission to bring the goods into the territory of the Union. The person who presented the goods is obliged to contribute to ensure that the inspections can be carried out correctly.

Goods unloaded from the means of transport will have the status of goods in temporary storage once they have been presented to Customs. The goods can only be assigned a customs-approved treatment or use after they have been presented to Customs.

Presentation of Union Goods

Union goods brought into the customs territory will be released from customs supervision after they have been presented to Customs and the customs authority has established that entries made in the documents prove the Union status of the goods. If the Union status of the goods cannot be proved at the moment of their presentation, the goods will be treated as non-Union goods until their Union status has been established.

Goods are presented electronically in the safety and security system AREX in cases when a vessel arriving from outside the Union transports Union goods previously loaded on board, or when a vessel arriving from another Union country does not have an authorisation for regular shipping traffic. Goods in internal traffic between Finnish ports or airports, are not presented in the AREX system.

Permission to unload

When a means of transport arrives from a third country, an electronic arrival notification is required for unloading the cargo. If the trader so wishes, the arrival notification for the means of transport and the presentation notification for the cargo to be unloaded, can be combined. In this case, a combined arrival notification and presentation must be submitted prior to unloading the cargo. A response message from Customs serves as unloading permission.

When a means of transport arrives from a Union country, the goods can be unloaded prior to submitting the summary declaration and the presentation notification.

Points to consider

Arrival notification (IE3470) and arrival notification and presentation (IE347)

  • Upon the arrival of a flight, an arrival notification and presentation (IE347) must be submitted for all freight transported on board the aircraft and which has been entered in the entry summary declaration.
  • An arrival notification (IE3470) can also be provided separately, when necessary. In such cases, an arrival notification and presentation must also be provided for the goods to be unloaded.
  • An approved arrival notification (IE3470) or arrival notification and presentation (IE347), is an unloading permit for the flight.

In the notification of arrival and presentation, the goods are declared:

  • for unloading into a temporary storage facility
  • for immediate clearance (no goods to be unloaded into a temporary storage facility)
  • as not to be unloaded, i.e. goods that will not be unloaded from the aircraft.

When the goods are declared for unloading into a temporary storage facility, the presentation notification must contain the identifier of the temporary warehouse (R number) into which the goods will be unloaded. The goods are entered into the temporary storage records and a separate unloading report (IE044) is submitted for them. The MRN and the related item number of the entry summary declaration must be entered in the temporary storage records for each goods item.

When the goods are assigned a customs-approved treatment or use after the temporary storage period, the MRN and the related goods item number of the entry summary declaration must be referred to in the subsequent customs declaration. As regards split consignments, it should be noted that each split consignment is allocated a unique MRN and goods item number which are to be referred to in the subsequent customs declaration when clearing the split consignments.

If the goods are to be cleared immediately after they have been presented to Customs, the warehouse identifier of the temporary warehouse (R number) is not to be provided in the arrival notification and presentation nor are the goods to be entered into the operator’s temporary storage records. The customs declaration must contain a reference to the MRNs and the goods item numbers of the entry summary declaration, as the previous procedure.

If no goods are unloaded from the aircraft, and the aircraft continues on to the next airport in the EU, then no exit notifications are needed.

Flights arriving from another Union country

An arrival notification and presentation (IE347) must be submitted for all undeclared freight, which has been entered in the summary declaration and which is to be unloaded off the aircraft.

In the notification of arrival and presentation, the goods are declared either

  • for unloading into a temporary storage facility
  • for immediate clearance (not unloaded into a temporary storage facility at all).

If the goods are declared for unloading into a temporary storage facility, the arrival notification and presentation must contain the identifier of the temporary warehouse (R number) into which the goods will be unloaded. The goods are entered into the temporary storage records and a separate unloading report (IE044) is submitted for them. The MRN and the related goods item number of the summary declaration must be entered in the temporary storage records for each consignment.

When the goods are assigned a customs-approved treatment or use after the temporary storage period, the MRN and the related goods item number of the summary declaration must be referred to in the subsequent customs declaration. As regards split consignments, it should be noted that each split consignment is allocated a unique MRN and goods item numbers, which are to be referred to in the subsequent customs declaration when clearing the split consignments.

If the goods are to be cleared immediately after they have been presented to Customs, the warehouse identifier of the temporary warehouse (R number) is not to be provided in the arrival notification and presentation nor are the goods to be entered into the operator’s temporary storage records. The customs declaration must contain a reference to the MRNs and the goods item numbers of the entry summary declaration, as the previous procedure.


When importing by sea, the shipping company is responsible for submitting an arrival notification and presentation (IE 347).

Vessels that arrive directly from a port in a third country

Arrival notification (IE3470) and arrival notification and presentation (IE347)

  • The arrival notification (IE3470) is an optional declaration; all goods can be presented directly to Customs with an arrival notification and presentation (IE347).
    • An arrival notification is mainly used when only part of the goods, or no goods, are unloaded at the first point of entry.
    • No arrival notification and presentation has to be submitted for goods that remain on the vessel.
    • An arrival notification and presentation (IE347) must be provided for the goods to be unloaded at the first point of entry.
    • The arrival notification (IE3470) cannot be submitted before the vessel arrives at the port area, but it must be submitted within half an hour from the mooring of the vessel to the dock.
    • After the arrival notification has been submitted, the arrival notification and presentation must be submitted no later than 12 noon on the day following the arrival of the vessel.
  • The arrival of the vessel can also be declared directly with the arrival notification and presentation (IE347).
    • All goods (including goods that will not be unloaded) must be declared with an arrival notification and presentation (IE347).
    • Remaining goods are declared with their own manifest presentation notifying the next customs office of entry.
    • Goods to be presented are declared per warehouse.
    • Goods to be cleared through Customs immediately, are declared with their own declaration (not to be unloaded into storage).

An approved arrival notification (IE3470) or arrival notification and presentation (IE347) is an unloading permit for the vessel.

In the arrival notification and presentation, the goods are declared:

  • for unloading into a temporary storage facility
  • for immediate clearance (no goods to be unloaded into a temporary storage facility)
  • as not to be unloaded, i.e. goods that will not be unloaded from the vessel.

When the goods are declared for unloading into a temporary storage facility, the arrival notification and presentation must contain the identifier of the temporary warehouse (R number) into which the goods will be unloaded. The goods are entered into the temporary storage records and a separate unloading report (IE044) is submitted for them. The MRN and the related goods item number of the entry summary declaration must be entered in the temporary storage records for each consignment.

When the goods are assigned a customs-approved treatment or use after the temporary storage period, the MRN and the related goods item number of the entry summary declaration must be referred to in the subsequent customs declaration.

If the goods are to be cleared immediately after they have been presented to Customs, the warehouse identifier of the temporary warehouse (R number) is not to be provided in the arrival notification and presentation nor are the goods to be entered into the operator’s temporary storage records. The customs declaration must contain a reference to the MRNs and the goods item numbers of the entry summary declaration as the previous procedure.

When goods are not unloaded from the vessel and the vessel continues on to the following port, no exit notifications are submitted.

Vessels that arrive directly from a port in another Union country

Irregular shipping service:

  • A summary declaration for temporary storage (IE344) and an arrival notification and presentation (IE347) is only submitted for goods that will be unloaded at this port.
  • A summary declaration and a manifest presentation must also be submitted for EU goods.

Regular shipping service:

  • A summary declaration and a manifest presentation is only submitted if a simplified manifest transit procedure is used.
    • With the summary declaration only goods under the manifest transit procedure with T1 status, which are unloaded at this port, are declared.
    • In other cases, no AREX declarations have to be submitted when arriving in regular shipping traffic. Undeclared goods arrive under the transit procedure and the procedure is dispatched normally.
  • The transport operator declares the goods to be unloaded from the ship at this port with a summary declaration (IE344).
    • No declaration is submitted for empty containers in EU internal traffic.
    • No notifications are submitted during the port call for goods that remain on the ship.

                            

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