Ordering alcohol online

If you order alcohol online from the customs and fiscal territory of the EU, the Tax Administration is responsible for collecting the excise duties due for the beverages and for providing guidance in the matter.

If you order alcohol from outside the EU’s customs and fiscal territory, or from within its customs territory but outside its fiscal territory, you must declare the goods to Customs and pay the import duties and taxes due.

What do I have to pay for the alcohol I ordered?

When the alcoholic beverages are cleared through Customs, import duties and taxes are levied, that is, customs duty based on the commodity code, excise duties and import VAT. The import VAT rate is 24 per cent, and the amount of VAT is calculated on the taxable amount. Excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages is imposed based on the tax rate table for alcoholic beverages. Additionally, 0.51 euros per litre is imposed in beverage container tax. Read more about import duties and taxes.

How do I clear a consignment containing alcohol?

You can clear the consignment yourself using our Import Declaration Service or authorise some other party to carry out the customs clearance on your behalf. Read more about customs clearance alternatives.

Restrictions

The Alcohol Act lays down minimum ages for possession and transportation of alcoholic beverages. A person aged 18 is allowed to possess and transport light alcoholic beverages and a person aged 20 also other alcoholic beverages.

It is prohibited to send alcohol powder to Finland.

Read more
  • Tax Administration (excise duty on alcohol, tax rate tables for excise duty on alcoholic beverages and for beverage container tax)
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