Accessibility statement – the Import Declaration Service for private persons

Finnish Customs is committed to making its websites and online services accessible in accordance with the Act on the Provision of Digital Services (306/2019).

This accessibility statement concerns the Import Declaration Service for private persons.

Other service alternatives

If you are not able to use the Import Declaration Service for private persons, you can declare your goods in alternative ways. You can authorise another person to declare the goods on your behalf via the service or you can buy the declaration as a service from a forwarding company.

You can also personally visit a customs office that provides customer service to give us your feedback. On the Customs website, you will find the map locations of these customs offices and their opening hours.

Help regarding other service alternatives is available from the Customs Information Service; tel. 0295 5201.

See the instructions for other service alternatives (in Finnish).

The accessibility of the service

The current accessibility of the content of the service:

The Import Declaration Service for private persons partly meets the requirements laid down in the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services.

The known problems with accessibility

The service still has some usability problems. The recognised problems with accessibility are described below. If you notice a problem in the service that is not included in the list, please contact us.  

The following content does not meet the requirements laid down in the Act on the Provision of Digital Services and will be fixed as soon as possible:

  • PDF files
    • The decision documents in pdf format created by the system are not accessible. (WCAG 1.1.1, 1.3.1, 1.3.2)
  • Connection timeout
    • The user is warned of the connection timeout and is given the opportunity to request additional time. However, for data security reasons the user is logged out after 12 hours, which means that the accessibility requirements concerning time limits are not completely fulfilled. (WCAG 2.2.1)
  • The contrasts are not sufficient regarding the following:
    • Link text of an individual notification element against a light blue background (WCAG 1.4.3)
    • Keyboard focus indicator for language selection in the modal dialog for accepting the terms of use against a dark blue background. (WCAG 1.4.11)
  • Modal dialogs
    • Focus is moved to the frame of the component and not to the elements in the component, and due to this some screen readers may not read the dialogue. (WCAG 2.4.3)
    • The names of the modal dialogs for instructions have not been programmatically determined. (WCAG 4.1.2)
    • A passive button for continuing is used in the modal dialog for accepting the terms of use. Thus the user does not receive any error message if for some reason none of the checkboxes for accepting the terms of use are selected (WCAG 3.3.1)
    • When certain modal dialogs are closed, focus is not always moved back to the elements from which the modal dialogs were originally opened, rather to the beginning of the page. This may slow down the use of keyboard and screen reader in the service. (WCAG 2.4.3)
  • Programmatic structure of the buttons 
    • The programmatic structure of the button elements in the footer is insufficient. They may contain a link element or a paragraph element, which is not allowed. (WCAG 4.1.1)
  • Single accessibility problems
    • When changing the text spacing properties in the import clearance Summary stage, the text is hidden under the icon in situations when there is no payment to be made for the clearance. (WCAG 1.4.12)
    • In the stage Goods details, goods can be added using a commodity code. When goods are added using a commodity code, additional checkbox options are often presented, and if no options are selected, the error situations are only conveyed by a red colour change in the text. (WCAG 1.4.1)
    • In the stage Goods details, when a goods item is added to the declaration basket using a commodity code, the keyboard focus shifts to the Commodity code field, and a screen reader user will not get any feedback saying that the goods have been added successfully. (WCAG 4.1.3)
    • There are a few single fields in the service, such as Warehouse ID of the transport company and Total mass, whose format instructions are only shown in the placeholder texts of the fields or in the error messages. (WCAG 3.3.2)
    • The instructions for overdue payments are shown visually as a list, but the instructions are not lists programmatically. (WCAG 1.3.1)

Drafting of the statement

  • Customs has assessed the accessibility of this service as follows:
  • The assessment was conducted by an external operator.
  • The service was assessed in 4/2019.
  • This statement was drafted on 5 February 2020. The statement was last reviewed on 20 November 2023.


We are happy to receive feedback on the accessibility of this service.

  • Give feedback on accessibility to Customs by email: asiakaspalautteet(at)
  • Customs’ e-services are responsible for the accessibility of the Import Declaration Service for private persons and will also respond to feedback on accessibility.
  • We aim to respond to feedback within five working days.
  • If you are not satisfied with the response you have received from Customs, you can also give feedback on accessibility to the Regional State Administrative Agencies: saavutettavuus(at)