International trade statistics

International trade statistics provide information on the goods trade between Finland and the other EU member states and third countries.


Statistics

Finnish Customs’ international trade statistics are published on the “International trade statistics” page. The page contains the latest statistical publications and reviews. The page also contains information on statistics compilation practices, the publication schedule for statistics, and complete statistical graphs. The chart page contains complete Excel charts on Finland’s imports and exports according to, for example, commodity group and country.

The detailed international trade statistics of Finnish Customs can be obtained from Uljas, the distribution system for international trade statistics. The database can be used free of charge and it does not require registration.


Information on selecting commodity codes is available on the Customs website. You can also contact the Customs Information Service with the enquiry form or by phone (+358 (0) 295 5202, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). When necessary, your enquiry is directed to Customs’ nomenclature experts.


In the Uljas database, you can retrieve statistics based on the SITC Rev. 3 classification dating back to 1987. On the Customs website, you can download Excel charts indicating imports and exports by country starting from 1881. Time sequences related to unit value and volume indexes are available starting from 1866.


Customs has occasionally published a review of Finland’s international trade indicating the shares of Finnish regions in the total export volume. You can download the latest review (only in Finnish) here.


Intrastat

Companies do not need to register as Intrastat declarants themselves. If the threshold of the obligation to declare statistical data for imports is met, Customs notifies the company of this obligation. Similarly, Customs notifies companies of the obligation to provide data for exports.


Customs keeps track of the Community trade of companies obliged to provide information through VAT and statistics information. If the company’s total annual exports stay below the threshold value, Customs regards the company’s obligation to provide information as expired, and informs the company of this with a letter. In practice, this takes place in the spring based on the information of the entire preceding year.


Corrections of declarations can be made until mid-August of the year following the statistical reference year.


You can make a normal Intrastat declaration on such a consignment for the month from where the consignment is missing. Additional declarations do not substitute previously sent declarations, which means that a company can submit several declarations per month. Additional declarations can be made until mid-August of the year following the statistical reference year.


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