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Declaration reform in 2020–2025

Message declarants that submit customs declarations must update or renew their declaration systems to comply with the customs legislation of the EU in 2020–2025. Online declarants will start using a new online service.

The new declaration systems have been determined by the EU. They will be introduced in phases according to the timetable set in the Commission IT strategy. The strategy is assessed annually and any timetable changes are confirmed by legislation.

Timetable in Finland

The changes have already been made

  • in customs warehousing declarations
  • in import declaration by private persons.

Upcoming changes (the timetables may change):

  • import declarations for release for free circulation at the end of 2020 (with the exception of simplified declarations)
  • all simplified declarations for import at the end of 2021
  • declarations for special procedures – processing, end-use and temporary admission – at the end of 2021
  • temporary storage declarations for goods arriving by sea or air at the end of 2021.
  • export, exit and transit declarations in 2021–2023
  • safety and security declarations for goods arriving from outside the EU in 2021–2024.

From customer feedback to implementation

Finnish Customs provides support during the reform – what kind of support would you like?

We are supporting our customers in many ways during the reform of the customs clearance systems. We arrange webinars and publish online recordings and various guides. We publish instructions on customs declaration, both texts and videos. We provide information on customer events separately.

  • Webinars (in Finnish)
  • Instructions for using the e-service (in connection with the publication of the service)
  • Instructions on procedures (on the pages for import, export, transport and warehousing)
  • Message exchange instructions

What is the easiest way for you to follow the changes? Let us know at: ucc(at)

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