Time limits for submitting declarations

Electronic declarations are submitted in Customs’ AREX system in accordance with the time limits stated below.

If the company cannot submit electronic declarations, either in Customs’ or the customer’s system because of an interruption in the service, then a separate fallback procedure should be used.

Entry summary declaration (IE315)

Submit a declaration for goods imported from outside the Union

  • 200 days before the arrival of the means of transport, at the earliest
  • at the latest:
    • goods arriving by road: 1 hour before arrival
    • goods arriving by railway or waterway via the Saimaa Canal: 2 hours before the arrival of the train at the border or the arrival of the vessel at the port
    • goods arriving by air: 4 hours before the arrival of the aircraft or, in the case of short-haul flights under 4 hours, at take-off
    • containerised cargo arriving by sea via oceans: 24 hours before loading the container onto the vessel at the port of departure
    • non-containerised cargo arriving by sea via oceans: 4 hours before the arrival of the vessel
    • goods arriving by sea from so-called short sea ports: 2 hours before the arrival of the vessel.

Summary declaration for temporary storage (IE344)

The declaration is submitted for goods arriving from other EU Member States by sea or air. Submit the declaration no later than

  • on the day of arrival if the aircraft or vessel arrives before 2 p.m.
  • by 12 noon on the following day, if the aircraft or vessel arrives at 2 p.m. or later.

The declaration can be lodged as soon as the declarant has all the information that is required for the summary declaration. Customs recommends that the declaration be submitted before the arrival of the transport.

Arrival Notification (IE3470)

The notification can be submitted for goods arriving in Finland from outside the EU by sea or air, if an arrival notification and presentation (IE347) will not yet be submitted at the time of arrival. Even if the arrival of the goods is first notified with an IE3470 notification, the arrival notification and presentation (IE347) still has to be submitted for the goods unloaded from the means of transport.

The notification can be submitted at the time of arrival, no earlier than:

  • after the vessel has entered the port area when arriving by sea
    • when the vessel has left the Juustila Lock when arriving via the Saimaa Canal
  • when the aircraft has landed earlier than

However, the notification must be submitted no later than half an hour after arrival.

Arrival notification and presentation (IE347)

The notification is used for goods arriving by sea, air or rail.

When the notification is submitted after the entry summary declaration (IE315), i.e. as a combined notification of arrival and presentation, the same time limits apply as with the notification IE3470:

  • The notification can be submitted upon arrival, at the earliest, i.e. when the vessel arrives at the port area, when the aircraft lands or when the train crosses the state border.
  • The notification must be submitted no later than half an hour after the arrival at the port, airport or railway station at the border.

When the notification is submitted after the entry summary declaration, but an arrival notification (IE3470) has first been submitted for the goods upon arrival, it must be submitted

  • no later than on the day of arrival, if the means of transport arrives before 2 p.m.
  • no later than by 12 noon on the following day, if the means of transport arrives at 2 p.m. or later.

When the notification is submitted after the summary declaration IE344 it can be submitted

  • At the time of arrival, at the earliest.
  • No later than on the day of arrival, if the means of transport arrives before 2 p.m.
  • No later than by 12 noon on the following day, if the means of transport arrives at 2 p.m. or later.

Diversion Request (IE323)

If the first place of arrival of goods that arrive from outside the EU is changed to another EU Member State, and this was not mentioned in the itinerary details of the original declaration, a diversion request is to be made.

The request must be submitted to the original intended customs office of entry as soon as the changed itinerary is available.

Unloading report for temporary warehouse (IE044)

The declaration is used when the goods are unloaded into a temporary storage facility.

  • The declaration can be submitted as soon as the goods have been unloaded into the temporary storage facility.
  • The declaration must be submitted no later than on the third day after the unloading was completed.

Exit Summary Declaration (IE615)

The declaration is submitted to the customs office of exit, if the safety and security data pertaining to the exiting goods have not been submitted using any other customs declaration. The time limits are the same as for submitting export declarations:

  • The declaration can be submitted no earlier than 150 days before the exit of the means of transport.
  • An exit summary declaration must be submitted when goods exit
    • by road: no later than 1 hour prior to departure from the customs office of exit
    • by rail or waterway via the Saimaa Canal: no later than 2 hours prior to departure from the customs office of exit
    • by air: no later than 30 minutes prior to departure from the last airport in the Union
    • as containerised cargo leaving via oceans: no later than 24 hours before loading the container on board the vessel from which the goods will be unloaded outside the Union
    • as non-containerised cargo leaving via oceans: no later than 4 hours before leaving the port located in the customs territory of the Union
    • by sea, goods leaving the customs territory of the Union for so-called short sea ports: no later than 2 hours before leaving the customs territory of the Union.

Exit manifest presentation (IE547)

The declaration is used for goods leaving by sea, air or rail.

  • The declaration can be submitted as soon as the MRNs of the customs declarations submitted for the goods to be loaded onto the means of transport are available.
  • The declaration must be submitted no later than on the first working day following the departure of the means of transport.

if the declaration is used as a request for loading permission for other goods than those declared for export, it has to be submitted as well as received and accepted by Customs before loading of the goods can begin.

Exit notification (IE590)

The notification is used for confirming the exit in cases where an exit manifest presentation (IE547) has been submitted.

  • The notification can be submitted no earlier than when Customs has accepted the IE547 and the means of transport has departed.
  • The notification must be submitted no later than on the third working day, and as of 1 May 2016, on the first working day following the departure of the means of transport.

                            

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