Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Customs activity
For its part, Finnish Customs works to ensure that commercial traffic runs smoothly despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus. With smooth foreign trade, Finland will have a sufficient supply of goods, and Finnish export companies can continue their business activity. Customs will also continue its enforcement and crime prevention work for protecting society, the environment, and citizens without any interruptions.
Transports of goods and electronic customs clearances will continue as usual despite the coronavirus
Customs recommends that customers visit customs offices only if necessary and if no electronic customer service or alternative service is available. Customer notice 20.3.2020
New import and export restrictions due to COVID-19
- Are you planning on importing or exporting personal protective equipment? Products meant for consumers are monitored by Tukes (in Finnish and Swedish). The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health provides instructions and export licences regarding personal protective equipment meant for professionals.
- It is not possible to import dogs, cats or ferrets if they are not travelling with their owners. Further information on the Finnish Food Authority website. Movements of pets within the internal market are allowed in the normal manner, provided that the import requirements are met. For further information, go to the Finnish Food Authority’s website.
Questions about border closures?
In matters concerning border crossing by private persons, instructions are provided by the Finnish Border Guard. Follow the instructions on the website raja.fi.
Are you wondering if the coronavirus spreads via consignments of goods?
“Laboratory examinations have indicated that the virus can survive on surfaces for a time frame of a few hours to a few days. However, surfaces are not significant in the spread of the virus in light of what is currently known. So far, there are no detected infections via transmission from surfaces, foodstuffs or goods.” (Finnish Institute for health and welfare 19.3.2020, in Finnish)
Binding tariff information
Submitting a Maritime Declaration of Health