Temporary admission

Temporary admission with total or partial relief from import duties can be granted to non-Union goods that are brought into the EU to be used for a set duration for purposes prescribed by law and under the prescribed requirements.

As a rule, the holder of an authorisation for temporary admission must be a person established outside the customs territory of the Union.

Customs does not apply trade policy measures to temporarily imported goods, unless the measures prohibit the entry of goods into the customs territory of the Union, or their exit from the said territory.

Import duties such as customs duties and value added tax are not usually levied in connection with temporary admission. Temporary admission can be partly or entirely exempt from import duties. However, in most cases Customs requires a guarantee that corresponds to the amount of import duties.

Further information: Customs duty and value added tax

When the time limit expires, the goods must be re-exported from the customs territory of the Union in the same condition as they were in upon import to the Union.

Upcoming changes to codes and permit applications (5 November 2022):

General information

  • In the future, the national procedure codes are declared as additional procedure codes, but the codes remain the same
  • If you submit an oral customs declaration at the border customs office, fill in also customs form 613e as before

Discharging the temporary admission procedure

  • The temporary admission procedure is discharged, by placing the goods under a subsequent customs procedure.
    • Customs procedures 4053, 5153, 5353 and 7153
      • In this declaration, enter with additional information code 00900 the abbreviation ‘TA’ as well as the authorisation number for the temporary admission
    • Re-export (3153)
      • In the re-export declaration enter with additional information code FIXXX the abbreviation ‘TA’ as well as the authorisation number for the temporary admission
    • Other declarations
      • Enter with code ZZZ the abbreviation ‘TA’ as well as the authorisation number for the temporary admission
    • A discharge notification regarding the procedure must be submitted to the supervising customs office
      • Provide it with a document sent separately or with a free-form contact message FI439 with code 007 as reason for contact
      • Please note! Furthermore, regarding a temporary import procedure with partial relief from import duty, information required for the collection of customs debt incurred is provided with a ‘Free-form contact’ request 
    • A reminder message is coming regarding the ending of the time limit for the procedure. A discharge notification must be submitted immediately after the discharge of the procedure
    • The customer can request an extension to the time limit for discharging the procedure with message FI439 and reason code ‘003 – Request for time-limit extension’
    • The holder of the authorisation must inform the supervising customs office if the goods have not been re-exported or placed under a subsequent customs procedure within the time limit of the procedure. A customs debt is incurred for such goods (UCC Art. 79) and the debt is determined based on the date of the release for free circulation of such goods (UCC Art. 85)

The most commonly used codes in temporary admission

  • Customs procedure code 53xx
  • Additional procedure code, e.g. ‘D11 – Publicity material’ (DA Art. 225)
  • Preferential treatment 100
  • Nature of business activity (transaction) 60, 91 or 99
  • If you use message exchange, enter the owner and address details after the additional information code ‘FIOOG’
  • Enter as additional information the owner of the goods and address details, if the additional procedure is one of the following:
    • D03 – Means of transport (DA Art. 212)
    • D08 – Animals (DA Art. 223)
    • D09 – Goods for use in frontier zones (DA Art. 224)
    • D12 – Professional equipment (DA Art. 226)
    • D13 – Pedagogic material and scientific equipment (DA Art. 227)
    • D16 – Moulds, dies, blocks, drawings, sketches, measuring, checking and testing instruments and other similar articles (DA Art. 229)
    • D17 – Special tools and instruments (DA Art. 230)
    • D24 – Goods delivered for inspection (DA Art. 234(2))

Authorisation granted by Customs’ Authorisation Centre

Type and number of the authorisation

  • No other authorisation-related details are needed, just the type and number
    • Additional information connected to the procedure, such as the time limit, is generated automatically on the decision according to the authorisation.
    • The authorisation granted by Customs’ Authorisation Centre must be in force when the procedure starts.
    • The details in the declaration are compared to the authorisation, so changes to the authorisation must be made immediately if the changes are related to
      • commodity codes
      • the address of the place of processing

Authorisation applied for with a customs declaration

  • When an authorisation is applied for with a customs declaration, a standard customs declaration must be used
  • When applying for an authorisation with a customs declaration in the Customs Clearance Service:
    • After selecting the customs procedure, select the option stating that you have no valid authorisation. You can also copy a declaration you have submitted previously, in which case the details of that authorisation application will be automatically copied to the new declaration.
    • Provide the additional details on the special procedure under “Authorisation request”. Provide the additional details by selecting the detail from the drop-down menu or entering the required text.
  • In the Customs Clearance Service, the proposed method of identification is provided by selecting either of the following identification methods:
    • By selecting code “1 – Serial number or manufacturer number” and entering the detail on the serial number or manufacturer’s number.
    • By selecting code “7 – Other means of identification” and entering “records” and the address where the records are stored.
  • When you are applying for an authorisation with a message declaration, provide the additional information on the special procedure using the following additional information codes:
    • ”00100 – Application for authorisation for the use of a special procedure other than transit based on the customs declaration” and leave the description field blank
    • “FIXBQ – Identification of goods”
      • As the description, provide the code and its qualifier:
        • “1” – Serial number or manufacturer number 
        • “2” – Affixing lead seals, seals, stamps or other similar distinguishing signs 
        • “4” – Taking samples and using illustrations or technical descriptions  
        • “5” – Carrying out analyses 
        • “6” – Communication form to facilitate the temporary export of goods sent from one country to another for manufacturing, processing or repairs (only suitable for the outward processing procedure) 
        • “7” – Other means of identification (an explanation to be provided on the means of identification used) 
        • “8” – No measures of identification in accordance with Article 250(2)(b) of the Code (only suitable for temporary admission)
      • For example, provide the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a car as follows:
        • provide the code “1” (Serial number or manufacturer number) and the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car as the qualifier (in the format “1;12356” in the XML message)
  • Examples of the changes to the additional information codes provided as declaration-specific data:
    • “FIXBH – Period for discharge (length in months;reasons)” and as its description the time in whole months
    • “FIXAA – supervising customs office”
      • In Finland, you should always enter “FI002000 – Electronic Service Centre” as the identifier
    • ”FIXBN – Details of planned activities” and as its description the nature of the use (e.g. testing or exhibition)
  • The place of use is entered with an additional information code in the future:
    • Always enter ‘FIXAC – Place(s) of processing.’
    • In addition, enter ‘FIFPU – First place of use or processing’ when
      • the first place of use or processing is in another EU country or
      • the authorisation holder is established outside the Union

Temporary admission procedure with partial relief from import duty (D51)

  • If the conditions of temporary admission with total relief from import duties are not fully met, the goods can be placed under the temporary admission procedure with partial relief from import duties. In that case, customs duty will be levied at the rate of 3% of the amount of import duties, which would have been levied if the goods had been released for free circulation. The amount of import duty is paid for each month or partial month during which the goods were under the procedure
  • Customs procedure code 53xx
  • Additional procedure code D51
  • Goods places under a procedure with one customs declaration, can be re-exported in several separate consignments outside the Union or be placed under some other procedure
  • The notification of discharge of the procedure can be provided with the ‘Free-form’ request and reason code ‘008 – Notification of re-export or placement under another procedure after temporary admission (OSI).’
    • Enter as additional document the details required for the collection of customs duty
  • Customs sends a decision on the custom debt to be collected as a reply to the customer
    • The decision on customs debt is generated on the original customs declaration with which the procedure was started

Points to consider

Temporary admission can be discharged by transit only if the goods are transferred to another authorisation holder within the Union. In the transit declaration, in the box for additional information, enter the following information:

  • “ZZZ” (other) and “TA” as well as the number of the authorisation for temporary admission, if any

As the previous procedure, enter the number of the customs clearance decision concerning temporary admission.


  • pallets, spare parts of pallets, supplies and equipment
  • containers, spare parts of containers, and supplies
  • means of transport and their spare parts, supplies and equipment
  • personal effects and goods for sports purposes imported by travellers
  • welfare material for seafarers
  • disaster relief material
  • medical, surgical and laboratory equipment
  • animals
  • sound, image or data carrying media, as well as publicity material
  • professional equipment
  • pedagogic material and scientific equipment
  • packings
  • moulds, dies, blocks, drawings, sketches, measuring, checking and testing instruments and other similar articles
  • special tools and instruments
  • goods used to carry out tests
  • goods to be subjected to tests
  • samples
  • replacement means of production
  • goods for events or for sale
  • spare parts, accessories and equipment

  • Temporary admission to the European Union with relief from import duty is granted for the purpose of industrial or commercial transport of goods, either free of charge or in return for a charge, for means of transport by road registered outside the customs territory of the EU in the name of a person based outside the customs territory of the EU.
  • The person who declares the means of transport for temporary admission is to be established outside the European Union.
  • As a rule, means of transport registered outside the EU have been placed under the temporary admission procedure so that they cross the border of the customs territory of the EU, which can be deemed to be a customs declaration.
  • A means of transport brought to the EU under the temporary admission procedure must not be left in the territory of the EU without the person entitled to use the means of transport being present there.
  • The means of transport may be left in the customs territory of the EU temporarily and as exempt from customs duty only for the time required for transport.
  • When the time required for the transport has expired, the temporary admission procedure regarding the means of transport in commercial use must be discharged with another customs procedure, which in the case of third-country transport equipment is usually re-export.
  • The time required for the transport varies. The main rule is that the vehicle must exit the territory of the EU without delay once the tasks relating to transport are completed.
  • In each individual case, Customs considers whether the means of transport has remained in the customs territory of the EU for longer than required for completing the transport task.
  • In cases where a means of transport is regarded as having stayed in the customs territory of the European Union for longer than required for the transport, and there is no acceptable reason for exceeding the time limit, Customs will levy the appropriate import duties on the means of transport. In such cases, the means of transport remains in the possession of Customs until the import duties are paid. 

Applicable legislation:

  • Union Customs Code, Regulation (EU) 952/2013, Articles 215, 250 and 251
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, Articles 212 and 217

 


A natural person resident in the customs territory of the EU may temporarily bring in, for commercial or private use, a means of transport registered outside the customs territory of the EU with total relief from import duty under the following conditions:

  • The person has a contract of employment with the owner, hirer or lessee of the means of transport, and the employer is established outside the EU.
  • The person can present a copy of the contract of employment upon request.
  • Private use is limited only to journeys between the place of work and the place of residence of the employee or to performing a professional task of the employee as stipulated in the contract of employment.

Commercial use means the use of means of transport for the transport of persons for remuneration or the industrial or commercial transport of goods, whether or not for remuneration.

Private use means the use of a means of transport for other than commercial purposes.

Temporary duty-free admission of a means of transport

Proving the employment

If the driver of the means of transport is unable to verify their employment relationship with the owner, hirer or lessee of the means of transport by presenting a copy of their contract of employment upon request, the means of transport in question cannot be brought into the customs territory of the EU without paying import duties.

Using the means of transport in the customs territory of the EU

The person bringing the means of transport into the customs territory of the EU

  • is responsible for making sure that the means of transport, while in private use, is used only for journeys between the place of work and the place of residence of the employee or with the purpose of performing a professional task of the employee as stipulated in the contract of employment
  • is also responsible for making sure that the means of transport is not handed over to a person who does not meet all the above conditions.

Not complying with these conditions will result in the incurrence and collection of a customs debt and value added tax on import.

Applicable legislation:

  • Delegated Regulation, art. 215
  • UCC, Art. 250 (2)(d)
  • In certain cases involving private use, the regulations and application procedures of the Car Tax Act (1994/1482) concerning temporary tax-free use are to be noted.

Means of transport can be brought to the customs territory of the EU for repair, provided that they are actively placed under the temporary admission procedure (by lodging a customs declaration.) In that case, all the conditions for the temporary admission of means of transport must be met, i.e. the means of transport must be registered outside the customs territory of the EU in the name of a person established outside the customs territory of the EU or, if the means of transport is not registered, its owner must be established outside the customs territory of the EU. In such cases, there will be no certification of exit, which must be taken into account as regards value added taxation.


You can usually apply for temporary admission authorisation with a customs declaration.
In that case, provide the required additional information with a message declaration, in box 44 of the SAD form or, when necessary, with an attached document. As the attached document, you can use e.g. customs form 658s (in Finnish) or some other document that contains the corresponding information. An authorisation for the procedure is granted when the goods are released for the temporary admission procedure.

However, a written authorisation must be applied for from Customs Authorisation Centre in a case where the customs declaration is simplified or if centralised clearance or entry in the declarant’s records is used. An authorisation granted by Customs Authorisation Centre is also mandatory if the company wants to replace the temporarily admitted goods with equivalent goods or if it needs a retroactive authorisation.

A written authorisation from the Authorisation Centre must be applied for in advance. Apply for the authorisation via the online Authorisation Service, which is available on the front page of Customs’ e-services.

In certain cases, an oral customs declaration can serve as an application for a temporary admission authorisation, e.g. as concerns a means of transport imported on a trailer. An act considered a customs declaration can also serve as an application, e.g. when you choose the green channel at a customs office. However, to support the oral declaration, customs form 613e is always required.


Goods brought in temporarily must be either re-exported or placed under a subsequent customs procedure within the given time limit.


If goods have not been re-exported or placed under a subsequent customs procedure within the time limit for ending the prescribed procedure, the holder of the authorisation must report this to the supervising customs office. A customs debt is incurred for such goods according to Article 79 of the Union Customs Code. Article 85 of the Union Customs Code is to be implemented when the amount of customs debt is determined.


A customs declaration is not required for temporary admission when goods are imported under an ATA or CPD Carnet. An ATA or CPD Carnet serves as a customs clearance document in which Customs makes the necessary entries. ATA and CPD Carnets also comprise an acceptable guarantee for import goods.

Goods exported under an ATA or CPD Carnet must be re-exported within the given time limit (max. one year), and the goods must be transported to the original country of departure where the Carnet must be returned to the chamber of commerce that issued it.

Carnets are international customs documents. The following goods can be temporarily imported and exported with ATA Carnets to countries that are parties to the customs convention in question. The following goods can also be imported from Taiwan to the EU or exported from EU Member States to Taiwan with a CPD/China-Taiwan Carnet.

  • exhibition goods
  • professional equipment
  • commercial samples.

ATA Carnets are granted upon application by chambers of commerce in each of the contracting countries. Further information on ATA and CPD Carnets is available on the website of the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

Please note that Carnets do not replace other documents that possibly need to be presented upon import, nor do they replace permits such as licences for the import of firearms, or health certificates.


  • Union Customs Code (Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council), Articles 77, 79–80, 85, 210–225, 250–253.
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447, Article 264–269 
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, Articles 81, 136, 139, 169, 174, 178-180, 182, 204–238
  • Transitional regulation (EU) 2016/341, Articles 22 and 55