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The right of private persons to bring in seeds is subject to plant health requirements. Read more in Evira’s instruction Import requirements for plants brought in by travellers (in Finnish)

  • For personal use you can bring in 500 g of seeds from the territory of the European Union. Both from EU countries and from non-EU countries you can freely bring in seeds for which a phytosanitary certificate is not required.

You can read about the requirements according to the Seed Trade Act in Evira’s instruction for seed importers and marketers (in Finnish)

  1. A private person doesn’t need to register as importer in case of a single import transaction where the total amount of the imported seeds doesn’t exceed 200 grams.
  2. A private person doesn’t need to notify Evira’s Seed Certification Unit of the import transaction if the amount of seeds doesn't exceed 200 grams.
  3. When private persons bring in seeds, they have to make sure that the import country’s seed certification system corresponds to the EU system according to point 2.2 in the instruction. If the amount of seeds exceeds 200 g, the seed varieties must be listed in the EU’s catalogue of varieties, see Annex 2 to the instruction.

The postal consignment can be declared as soon as the following text is displayed in Posti’s item tracking service: “The delivery has arrived at the customs warehouse. You have 20 days from the day of the delivery to take care of the customs declaration.”

If you have queries, contact Posti, since Customs does not send arrival notifications. Nor does Customs transport or store any consignments.

Read more: The roles of Posti and Customs in online purchases

 


Ask the sender for an order confirmation, an invoice, a receipt or some other credible proof of the value of the goods. Please note! A bank statement or bank receipt is not sufficient proof of the value of the goods.


The recipient or consignee of a consignment is always responsible for clearing the goods through Customs.

If you have a Finnish personal ID number and Finnish online banking IDs, we recommend that you use our Import Declaration Service, which can be used in Finnish or Swedish and is available free of charge 24 hours a day. You save time and effort when you do not have to visit a customs office.

Read more about other customs clearance options: After your purchase.

Apart from online banking IDs, you will also need the order confirmation or the invoice for your purchase, as well as the details in the notifice of arrival, which you can also find using Posti’s item tracking service.

You can clear your postal consignment as soon as the item tracking service displays a notification saying that “The delivery has arrived at the customs warehouse. You have 20 days from the day of the delivery to take care of the customs declaration.”  You can also wait until you receive the notifice of arrival from Posti.


If the combined value of the goods in a consignment does not exceed 22 euros or the consignment is a gift from a private person and not worth more than 45 euros, you do not (with some exceptions) have to fill in a customs declaration or pay any taxes. However, for the consignment to be released, the recipient must send an order confirmation or an account of the gift and its value, as well as the consignment arrival ID and contact details, by e-mail to lentoposti(at)tulli.fi.

Also note that if you have ordered something from a private person it is not considered a gift, but a commercial transaction.


If you don’t wish to receive the consignment, you should not clear it. If the consignment is not cleared within 20 days, the consignment will be returned to the sender. In the case of ordered goods, inform the seller that you have cancelled your purchase.

Before the expiration of the storage time you may notify Posti that you refuse to receive the consignment and that you wish for it to be returned to the sender.


Consignments cannot be cleared through Customs in advance.

You can clear a postal consignment once you’ve received the notice of arrival. The notice of arrival can also be sent in electronic format.

The postal consignment can be declared once the following text is displayed in Posti’s item tracking service: “The delivery has arrived at the customs warehouse. You have 20 days from the day of the delivery to take care of the customs declaration.”

 


If the total value of the goods in a consignment is no more than 150 euros, the consignment is free of customs duty. However, this value limit is not applied to alcoholic products, tobacco, tobacco products, perfumes or eau de toilette products.

Read more: More on customs clearance


  • When the total value of the goods in a consignment without the transport costs is no more than 22 euros, the consignment is free of VAT. However, this value limit is not applied to tobacco products, alcohol, alcoholic beverages or perfumes.
  • The minimum amount of VAT levied is 5 euros. For imports of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products sent to private persons, this limit is not applied. The VAT is levied also when it amounts to less than 5 euros.
  • The minimum levy of 5 euros is also not applied to imports of these products by travellers or to imports of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products by crew members of a vehicle in professional traffic between Finland and a country or region outside the EU.

Read more: Examples of calculating import duties and taxes


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