How to identify yourself and grant authorisations

The use of the Katso service will be discontinued on 31 December 2020

The Katso service will be replaced by e-Identification and e-Authorizations. Now is a good time to set up e-Authorizations, as it will enable the use the services of authorities also after the Katso service has been discontinued.



A. These services use identification and authorisations as well as Katso identification and authorisations (until 31 December 2020):

  • Import Declaration Service 
  • Arrival and exit declaration service (AREX)
  • Export Declaration Service
  • Transit Declaration Service
  • Customs Warehousing Declaration Service
  • Intrastat Declaration Service
  • Authorisation Service
  • Attachment Upload Service
  • Applying for an EORI number
  • Applying for a message exchange authorisation
  • Message exchange testing service
  • Åland tax border declarations 

B. In these services, only identification and authorisations are used:

  • The Customs Decisions System (CDS) for applying for authorisations valid in more than one Member State (EU Trader Portal)
  • The BTI service for applying for binding tariff information decisions (EU Trader Portal)
  • The eAEO service for applying for AEO authorisations (EU Trader Portal) identification and authorisations will gradually replace Katso identification in Customs’ e-services. The use of Katso identification and authorisations will end in 2020, at a date to be determined later. We recommend using whenever possible.

Who cannot as of yet use identification and authorisations in Customs’ e-services? authorisations cannot be used as of yet by businesses and corporations that do not have any persons authorised to represent them entered in the Finnish Trade Register, the Finnish Business Information System (BIS) or the Finnish Register of Associations.

Such businesses and corporations are, among others:

  • general partnerships and limited partnerships that do not have a CEO, a deputy CEO or any persons authorised to represent them individually entered in the Trade Register.
  • associations that do not have any persons authorised to represent them individually entered in the Register of Associations.
  • corporations, such as municipalities, parishes, educational institutions, foundations, business partnerships, death estates and public authorities, that do not have any representatives entered in the register.
  • foreign businesses that do not have any representatives entered in the Trade Register. identification cannot be used as of yet by persons who do not have a Finnish personal identity code.

If you belong to one of these groups, you can start using identification and authorisations in Customs’ e-services later in 2020.

Read more about identification and authorisations: identification authorisations
Katso identification and roles


Private persons:

As an identified customer in our e-services you can

  • clear your consignment and pay import duties in the Import Declaration Service for private persons
  • submit export declarations in the Export Declaration Service
  • submit attachments to export and transit declarations in the Attachment Upload Service.

Read more about identification

Identification for EU citizens

eIDAS identification is not yet in use in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, Export Declaration Service or Attachment Upload Service. There are, however, the following alternatives:

  • Authorise another person to declare the goods on your behalf in our Import Declaration Service for private persons.
  • Call the Customs Information Service to ask for advice.
  • Authorise an agent, e.g. a forwarding company or Posti, to declare the goods on your behalf.
  • Submit an export declaration without identification in our Export Declaration Service
  • Send attachments to Customs by email.
  • Visit a customs office. Contact information and opening hours

Why should you be identified when using our services?

When you are identified, you can usually handle your customs transactions without having to visit a customs office. You can also use declarations you have submitted earlier as templates for new declarations and browse them in the service to a limited extent for a specific period of time. However, when using the online Transit Declaration Service, you must always visit a customs office when starting the transit procedure.

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