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Everything must be declared – all parcels arriving from outside the EU must be declared from July 2021

Do you order goods online from non-EU countries such as China, the US or Great Britain? From 1 July 2021, all parcels arriving from outside the EU must be declared, and VAT has to be paid for them.

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What will change on 1 July?

Up until July 2021, parcels arriving from outside the EU are subject to customs clearance and VAT if they are worth more than 22 euros. Before July, you may also be required to declare a parcel worth less than this, if Posti expressly asks you to do so in the arrival notice.

However, the VAT Act will be amended on 1 July 2021. From this date, you must declare all goods arriving from outside the European Union and pay the VAT, which is usually 24 per cent of the value of the parcel and the transport costs. These changes also apply to the Åland Islands. Gifts must be declared as usual even before the changes come into force, and no VAT is usually charged for small gifts.

The changes affect all goods arriving in Finland on or after 1 July, even if the order was made before July. If you order goods in June and they arrive in Finland in July, you must declare the parcel and pay the VAT. 

Using our Customs duty calculator, you can estimate how much customs duty and VAT you must pay on top of the price of your purchase. Please note that until the end of June, the Customs duty calculator will give the VAT amount zero euros for parcels worth 0–22 euros. From 1 July,  the Customs duty calculator will calculate the VAT also for parcels worth 0–22 euros.

All goods are to be declared – but by whom?

As a rule, you will yourself be responsible for the declaration of goods you have ordered from outside the EU and for the payment of VAT. But who will declare the goods? This depends on the value of your purchase, among other things. The transport company will notify you of goods that must be declared.

Purchases worth 150 euros or less

If the online store charges the VAT in conjunction with your purchase, you don’t have to pay any VAT at the import stage. Such online sellers have registered for the IOSS (Import One-Stop Shop), which is an EU-wide special scheme for VAT (more information is available on the Tax Administration’s website). In that case, Posti or the transport company may also declare the goods on your behalf. Follow the instructions provided by the transport companies.

If the online store doesn’t charge any VAT in conjunction with your purchase, you must see to the customs declaration and payment of the VAT yourself.

Purchases over 150 euros

You must see to the customs declaration and payment of VAT yourself. 

The aim of the amendment is to create a more equal competitive position for Finnish and EU businesses when compared to the online sales of goods from outside the EU. The Finnish Parliament has approved a government proposal (HE 18/2021) on the acts amending the VAT legislation.

This page will be regularly updated with more information about the changes.

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