Accessibility statement: Applying for an EORI number
Finnish Customs is committed to making this service digitally accessible to all its customers. We are continually improving the user experience and we apply the accessibility standards required by law.
Other service alternatives
If you are not able to use the service, you can also apply for an EORI number by sending an application in pdf format to Customs.
The accessibility of the service
The current accessibility standard of the pages:
- WCAG 2.1, level AA
The current accessibility of the content:
- For the most part, meets the requirements.
The known problems with accessibility
Users may still encounter some accessibility problems in the service, and we apologise for that. If you notice a problem on these pages that is not included in the list below, please contact us.
The list will be updated in the coming months as and when we are able to fix these accessibility problems.
- Navigating with the tab key
- It is not possible to reach all the user interface elements with the tab key (e.g. field tooltips).
- Insufficient visibility of focus
- The chosen user interface element is not visible enough, the focus indicator of the elements is too unnoticeable.
- Headings on the pages
- The service is a so-called single-page app, so it is difficult for screen reader users to know where they are in the service: by default, screen readers only notice page loads, so without support measures, screen reader users are not told when the app view changes.
- Text equivalents
- There are flaws in the text equivalents of visual elements, which means that screen reader users do not receive any information on them.
- Responses and status details
- There are system responses (error and success messages) that the screen reader does not detect, at least not without moving the focus.
- Error messages
- Error messages displayed in connection with form fields are too vague for a screen reader user to understand which field they concern.
- Adding and deleting form field rows
- Form field rows are added and deleted dynamically using the buttons shown in the images. Understanding these fields and their functions can be difficult for screen reader users.
- Mandatory fields
- All the fields in the service are by default mandatory, apart from the fields specifically marked as optional. However, the users are not informed of this in the service. Also, the mandatory fields have not been defined for screen reader users.
- Anchor links
- The anchor links are presented simply as links without any explanations. A screen reader user may thing they are a list of normal links.
- Field instructions in text format
- In some form fields, the instructions are presented in text format, which may be confusing for screen reader users.
- Page language
- The language of the pages has not been defined, so the screen reader may pronounce the text on the page according to the rules of a wrong language.
- Buttons have often been placed in the toolbar, which means that the screen reader gets insufficient text to read.
- Skip links
- The pages in the service have skip links to skip past the navigation and to the main content. However, the skip links are invisible, so the sighted keyboard users cannot use them.
- There are flaws in the use of HTML heading levels. For example, the heading levels H2 and H3 are missing from many pages.
- The contrasts are not sufficient in error messages, in placeholder texts in input fields and in the edges of input fields.
- Connection timeout
- The connection to the service times out without warning.
- Missing information
- The missing information is presented using a hyphen (”-”). As a rule, screen readers do not read characters like this.
- Combo boxes
- The combo boxes in the service have no labels. This means that a screen reader user does not know what each element is used for.
Customer experience questionnaire
The customer experience questionnaire is answered in a separate Webropol form after logging out from the service. The observations below concern this form. The pages have been assessed by an external party (Eficode, 4/2020) that has not been involved in the design or development of the pages.
Radio buttons for the question “How satisfied are you with the services you used?”
- The radio buttons for each evaluation number give the faulty information ”1/1” to the screen reader, when they should be indicating which evaluation number out of how many alternatives is in question.This makes it more difficult to choose the right number when using a screen reader. In the beginning of the questionnaire, there is informationstating that the assessment scale ranges from 1 to 5.
- The radio buttons are placed on the side in a table, and the settings of the table are read by the screen readerunnecessarily.This may be cause problems for screen reader users.
- In the section “Was there anything particularly good about our performance? Please specify below” the selected elements cause the screen readers to read the headings two times
- The last page of the questionnaire is only visible for a short while before the browser moves the user to a separate page with a compilation of the answers. It is not possible to return to the last page of the questionnaire by using the browser’s back button.
- The buttons Next, Previous and Send tell the screen reader that they are buttons, although they are links. For a screen reader user, this faulty information may cause problems choosing the right button.
- All questionnaires created with Webropol have the automatic heading ”Questionnaire created with Webropol”; Customs cannot change this. Thus, based on the heading, it is impossible to separate this questionnaire from other questionnaires or feedback forms created by Customs. The user must check the form to find out the right heading of the questionnaire.
Compatibility with browsers and assisting technologies
The pages are designed to be compatible with the following browsers:
- Firefox & Chrome
The pages are designed to be compatible with the following assisting technologies:
- NVDA screen reader 2019.1.1
- WebAIM Color Contrast checker
The accessibility of these pages depends on the functioning of the following technologies:
Customs assesses the accessibility of these pages with the following methods:
- Self-assessment: the company or the organisation has assessed the pages internally.
- External assessment: the pages have been assessed by an external party (Eficode, 6/2019) that has not been involved in the design or development of the pages.
We are happy to receive feedback on the accessibility of these pages. You can contact us in the following ways:
- Give feedback on accessibility: [email protected]
- Customs’ e-services are responsible for the accessibility of the service for applying for an EORI number 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:[email protected]