Binding tariff information (BTI)

Binding tariff information (BTI) is a written decision you can apply for with Customs to obtain a commodity code for your goods that will remain the same for a certain period of time. As the tariff heading defines the taxes and charges to be levied, using binding tariff information you can better predict the costs of your export and import operations. 

You can apply for binding tariff information only for coming and actually planned imports from outside the EU or for exports outside the EU. Imports and exports refer here also to the special procedures, that is, inward and outward processing, end use and temporary admission.

You cannot apply for binding tariff information regarding import and export transactions that have already taken place or where customs formalities have not yet been fully completed.

Valid for three years in the entire EU

The binding tariff information is valid for three years but its validity can end before that time, for example due to changes in legislation. The decision is free of charge and is valid everywhere in the EU. The decision is binding both for customs authorities and for the holder. The holder of the decision is to enter the decision reference number, the commodity code given in field 6 of the decision, and document code C626 in the customs declaration that is submitted for placing the goods referred to in the decision under the customs procedure.


Apply for binding tariff information electronically in the BTI service, where Customs also delivers the decision regarding you application. The application must be done in Finnish or Swedish. 

Read more

  • EBTI database (decisions on binding tariff information by Member States)