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Transactions with Customs
Registration as an export customer is worthwhile, as Customs can process electronic declarations as smoothly as possible.
Upon registration, Customs enters the name and address details of the company in its customer register along with any possible information on authorisations. When a company submits an electronic export declaration into Customs’ export system, the system processes the declaration faster, as the information is already in the customer register.
Registration is obligatory if the company lodges more than four export declarations per year.
EORI registration can also be done in connection with registration as an export customer. An EORI number is obligatory if the exporter lodges more than four export declarations per year.
You are allowed to bring in two litres of beer free of tax from or to the Åland Islands. Otherwise, the same quantity limitations that apply to imports from outside the EU also apply to imports from Åland, as well as from the Canary Islands.
Read more: Bringing back alcohol
There are no quantitative restrictions on alcohol released for consumption (i.e. taxes have been paid).
Tax-free import allowances on alcohol bought from a tax-free shop are 1 litre of strong alcoholic beverages (over 22%) or 2 litres of other alcoholic beverages (max 22 %), 4 litres of still wine and 2 litres of beer.
Read more: Bringing alcohol from your trip
When doing business with Customs you can pay customs duties, taxes and guarantees with these means of payment:
- Visa Debit/Credit
- Visa Electron
- Mastercard Debit/Credit
- Maestro and
- V Pay.
Observe that when using the Import Declaration Service, the import taxes can only be paid directly from your bank account. Credit card functions cannot be used.
Transport and warehousing
All goods brought into the country must be presented to Customs. Transports arriving by road are presented to Customs, or else the transport operator submits an electronic manifest presentation to Customs. If the undeclared goods are subsequently unloaded into a temporary storage facility, you have 90 days from the date of the manifest presentation, i.e. about three months, to decide what you aim to do with the goods. You can for instance re-export the goods out of the EU or clear them through Customs into Finland.
Please note that 90 days is the maximum time provided by law, and some of the temporary storage keepers apply a shorter time limit.
Import Declaration Service
Send the application for a revised decision to the Customs registry office by e-mail to kirjaamo(at)tulli.fi or by post to Finnish Customs, Applications for a revised import decision, P.O. Box 512, 00100 Helsinki.
You can apply using the following customs forms:
- customs form 643s or 643r (application for repayment/remission of customs duty, in Finnish or Swedish)
- 99s or 99r (Amendment notification leading to post-clearance recovery, in Finnish or Swedish. You can also apply for repayment using this form)
- a free-form application containing the required or similar details as well as any other necessary information.
Negation codes are used to indicate products that are not subject to any import or export restrictions. For example, if an imported toy does not contain cat or dog fur, which are prohibited items, the negation code for the toy is Y922.
Negation codes and other conditional and additional codes can be checked in the EU TARIC database for each commodity code.