Acting as a representative

A representative can be a direct representative, an indirect representative or a direct representative with the responsibility of a guarantor.

When a representative acts as an indirect representative or as a direct representative with the responsibility of a guarantor, the trade register extract must state forwarding as the line of business.

Acting as a direct representative with the responsibility of a guarantor requires a specific general guarantee undertaking. Moreover, Customs requires the representative to present a decision on issuing a general guarantee undertaking made at a shareholders’ meeting, unless the customer’s line of business involves the issuing of guarantees as stated in the Trade Register.

A customer entered in the customer register of Finnish Customs as a direct representative with the responsibility of a guarantor can also act as an indirect or direct representative. An indirect representative can also act as a direct representative. Acting as an indirect representative does not require a comprehensive guarantee authorisation, and direct representatives are not entered in the customer register.

When acting both with the responsibility of a guarantor and as an indirect representative, the customer must notify Customs as to how the comprehensive guarantee will be divided for different types of representation.


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If you have questions on securities, applying for a guarantee authorisation or if you wish to inform us changes in your customer details, see the contact information below:

Where to find further information?
Customs Information Service, Business customers
Monday to Friday 8 am–4 pm

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