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Changes to the collection of Intrastat statistical information and the legislation on statistics in 2022

Publication date 20.12.2021 11.07
Press release

In Intrastat declarations on export, two new variables are declared from the beginning of 2022; country of origin and trading partner.

In statistical declarations on export, the VAT number of the trading partner must be provided (e.g. the buyer/consignee of the goods in another member state) and the country of origin of the goods to be exported. You can read more about the definition of the collected information on our website. Providing this information will be mandatory as of the statistical period 2022/01.

Providing export data in more detail than before is connected to the changes to the European legislation in the field of business statistics as well as to the programme for the modernisation of Intrastat, enabled on EU level through the changes in legislation. All Member States collect export data on intra-EU trade and the data is exchanged between the Member States. Import data on intra-EU trade can be constructed from export data collected by other countries. After a transition period of a few years, the aim of Finnish Customs is to exempt some of the importing companies from providing Intrastat declarations in their current format for intra-EU trade, once the import data is acquires through export data exchange between the EU Member States. Great care should be taken to ensure the quality of the data before it can be utilised. In the future, this development will considerably ease the response burden of importing companies.

Regulation (EU) 2019/2152 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1197 on European business statistics entered into force on 1 January 2021. As regards foreign trade statistics on goods, the regulations are applied as of 1 January 2022. More information on the statistical legislation.

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