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When you are planning to import goods

Import means bringing in goods from a non-EU country. Upon import, goods must be cleared through Customs before they can be taken into use or resold. 

It is not necessary to clear immaterial commodities and services through Customs. These include, for example, software and e-books.

Did you know that the importer is responsible for the safety of the products and package labelling

If needed, contact the market surveillance authority regarding the product group before importing the goods.

Importing goods is a continuation of the company’s procurement and purchasing operation. Procuring goods from abroad is part of the purchase agreement, whereas the costs incurred from importation are part of the purchase pricing.

Before acquiring the goods:

  1. Find out the costs

  2. Apply for identifiers and authorisations

  3. Decide how you wish to handle your customs transactions

    • You can handle almost all customs transactions online. Import declarations are lodged in the Customs Clearance Service. Using our online services
    • You can also apply for message declarant status if your business lodges a large number of customs declarations. Message exchange
    • You can also authorise a representative to handle your customs transactions.
  4. Find out the following details about the goods:

    • From where are the goods dispatched?
      • In terms of customs clearance and import taxation, it is crucial to know from where the goods are actually dispatched. Where the seller is located is not relevant.
      • It is also possible to deliver undeclared goods from within the EU to Finland.
    • Commodity code
      • The commodity code determines the rates of customs duty and the restrictions, among other things. That’s why it is important to use the correct commodity code.
    • Are the goods subject to import restrictions?

The import process from the arrival of the goods to customs clearance:

The import process when the goods arrive in Finland from outside the EU.

  1. The transport company transports the goods

    • The transport company transports the goods to Finland and submits the mandatory entry declarations for them to Customs.
  2. The transport company presents the goods to Customs

    • The transport company is responsible for presenting the goods to Customs, that is, it submits a presentation notification for the goods. The notification indicates whether the goods are placed in temporary storage at the place of entry or whether they are immediately declared for a customs procedure.
  3. The importer declares the goods

    • The importer (declarant) is responsible for declaring the goods. In practice, the goods can be declared by the importer or their representative.
    • You submit the declaration when the transport company or the warehouse keeper has notified you of the arrival of the goods. The arrival notice contains the arrival ID or the MRN needed for the customs declaration. Read more about submitting an import declaration
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