As of year 2010, the final figures of the statistical year are published at the end of August the following year. Finnish Customs thus follows the Eurostat recommendation on the time of publication of final statistics. The final international trade in goods statistics for 2019 were published on 31 August 2020.
The use of the Katso service will be discontinued on 31 December 2020. The Katso service will be replaced by Suomi.fi e-Identification and Suomi.fi e-Authorizations. Now is a good time to set up Suomi.fi e-Authorizations, as it will enable the use the services of authorities also after the Katso service has been discontinued.
Finnish Customs has subjected the procurement of large X-ray scanning systems for the Vaalimaa, Vainikkala and Imatra border crossing points to competitive tendering. The value of the procurement is almost six million euros and it is primarily financed through the European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation.
Government to step up actions to tackle grey economy with new strategy and comprehensive action plan – Customs also involved
The Government has adopted a resolution on a strategy and an action plan for tackling the grey economy and economic crime for 2020–2023. The efforts to tackle the grey economy and economic crime will focus on proactive prevention, improving the authorities’ access to information, reviewing administrative powers and improving the cooperation between authorities. Together with other authorities and ministries, Finnish Customs has participated in the preparation of the new strategy and action plan, and will be actively involved in their implementation. Effective prevention of the shadow economy has also been defined as one of Customs’ key social impact objectives and it is closely linked to the various functions of Customs.