What kind of gifts should I clear through Customs?

A person who receives a gift must personally clear it through Customs and pay import duties in the following circumstances:

  • the value of the gift is more than 45 euros,
  • the maximum limits for exemption from customs duty/tax are exceeded, or
  • the gift is subject to restrictions.

Customs clearance and payment of import duties also apply when

  • the gift is sent from outside the EU customs or fiscal territory, or
  • the gift is sent from the EU customs territory but from outside the EU fiscal territory (for example the Channel Islands).
  • The freight carrier will inform you when you have to clear your gift through Customs.

Exceptions

The following, when received as gifts, must always be cleared through Customs regardless of their value:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • tobacco products

Import Declaration Service

Points to consider

If the value of the gift is at most 45 euros, you can request Customs to release it. For the release of your parcel, you will need to send the following to Customs:

  • the order confirmation, or some other account regarding the gift and its value
  • the arrival ID and your contact information

by e-mail to Airport Customs: lentoposti(at)tulli.fi. If all the conditions regarding the gift are met, Customs releases the consignment to Posti for delivery to you. In other cases you will be contacted by Customs.

Item tracking service (Posti)

You can clear the consignment in the Import Declaration Service (available in Finnish and Swedish) even if its value is no more than 45 euros. If the gift is free of customs duty and tax, you do not need to pay any import taxes.

Read more: Clearing gifts through Customs

 


If you receive a gift you have to ask the sender to clarify what the gift is and how much it is worth, so that Customs can define whether it is a gift that can be released without customs clearance.

Gifts worth more than 45 euros are to be cleared through Customs, and import taxes are levied on them as for any other online purchase. 

Read more: Clearing gifts through Customs

Go to the Import Declaration Service


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