Prior surveillance of iron and steel products

The EU Commission has adopted prior surveillance of iron and steel products from outside the EU, i.e. from so called third countries. Releasing these products for free circulation requires a surveillance document granted by Customs.

List: Commodity codes under surveillance (in Finnish: the list updated 29.8.2017)

Instructions for application of the Surveillance document:

  • The Company can apply for a surveillance document with Customs form 654As (in Finnish).
  • Note that each commodity code with the same origin requires a separate application. Check the commodity code in the TARIC database
  • Attach a copy of the trade invoice and order confirmation to the application. One application can contain several invoices. The CIF value of the goods is entered in euros. The exchange rate can be checked here: Currency conversion rates
  • The completed and signed application form is sent by email to:
    • ennakkotarkkailu(at)
  • Customs processes the application within five days of its receipt.

You do not need to apply for a surveillance document if

  • the net mass of the goods is under 2,500 kg/commodity code
  • the goods are classified under HS code 7318 and the net mass is under 5, 000 kg/commodity code
  • the country of origin of the goods is Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Points to consider

  • Customs sends the original surveillance document by post to the applicant/agent. The applicant must present the document at a Customs customer service point for an entry by Customs, before the decision on release is confirmed.


  • The processing officer sends the original surveillance document directly to Customs Electronic Service Centre (Spake) upon request by the applicant, and sends by email the document number and date to the applicant/agent.

If the applicant has requested that the surveillance document be sent directly to the Electronic Service Centre, the number and date of the surveillance document must be entered with document code I004 in the customs declaration message. Additional information for the goods item must be entered with an xxx code: ‘Surveillance document sent to Spake.’

The quantity of imported goods can exceed by 5 per cent the quantity mentioned in the surveillance document. The value of the imported goods can fall below or exceed by 5 per cent the value stated in the surveillance document. One surveillance document can be used for several different imports.

The surveillance document is valid for 4 months and its validity can be extended, upon application, for another four months.

The holder of the authorisation must personally monitor the adequacy of the surveillance document and its period of validity. When the document’s period of validity has ended and the import quantity has been reached, the Electronic Service Centre returns the document by post to the holder of the authorisation for archiving.

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