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I am going to order goods from abroad

  1. Before you order goods to Finland, make sure that it is allowed.

  2. Check from what country the goods will be sent to you. This determines if you need to declare the parcel.

  3. Using the Customs Duty Calculator, you can estimate the amount of import duties and taxes you have to pay for the goods if the parcel needs to be declared.

  4. Please note that if you order goods from outside the EU, the goods may not be safe. Read more about the safety of products.

Parcel from outside the EU, for example from China or the United States

  • The parcel must be declared.
  • Payment of value added tax is required.
  • Customs duty must be paid if the price of the purchase exceeds 150 euros excluding transport costs.
  • For example, alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty.

Parcel from within the EU, for example from Germany or the Netherlands

  • The parcel does not need to be declared.
  • Payment of value added tax is not required.
  • You do not have to pay any customs duty.
  • For example, alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty.

Parcel from inside the EU territory, but from outside the EU fiscal territory, for example from the Åland Islands or Canary Islands

  • The parcel must be declared.
  • Payment of value added tax is required.
  • You do not have to pay any customs duty.
  • For example, alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty.

Please note that if the parcel arrives from Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, the same instructions apply as for parcels arriving from the EU.

Note that Posti or some other transport company however sees to customs clearances of most IOSS consignments.

If the online store is under the IOSS system, you do not usually have to pay VAT in connection with customs clearance, as you already pay it when you pay for your purchase.

Note that payment of customs duty is not required for the following goods:

Note that customs duty must be paid for certain alcohol products such as white wine even when the price of the purchase is 150 euros or less.

Read more about excise taxation on the Tax Administration’s websiteLinkki toiselle sivustolle.

Note that if your order a parcel from Helgoland or Büsingen in Germany or from Livigno in Italy, the same instructions apply as to parcels that arrive from outside the EU. This is because the said regions are not within the customs and fiscal territories of the EU.

Note that a parcel you order from within the EU must be declared in the following situations:

  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but it is sent to you from outside the EU.
  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but the goods were manufactured outside the EU and the seller has not declared the goods for entry to the EU.
  • You order a parcel from Helgoland or Büsingen in Germany or from Livigno in Italy. These regions are not within the customs and fiscal territories of the EU.

Note that you must pay VAT for a parcel you order from within the EU in the same way as for parcels ordered from outside the EU in the following situations:

  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but it is sent to you from outside the EU.
  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but the goods were manufactured outside the EU and the seller has not declared the goods for entry to the EU.
  • You order a parcel from Helgoland or Büsingen in Germany or from Livigno in Italy. These regions are not within the customs and fiscal territories of the EU.

Note that you must pay customs duty for a parcel you order from within the EU in the same way as for parcels ordered from outside the EU in the following situations:

  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but it is sent to you from outside the EU.
  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but the goods were manufactured outside the EU and the seller has not declared the goods for entry to the EU.
  • You order a parcel from Helgoland or Büsingen in Germany or from Livigno in Italy. These regions are not within the customs and fiscal territories of the EU.

Read more about excise taxation on the Tax Administration’s websiteLinkki toiselle sivustolle.

Note that you must pay customs duty for a parcel you order from within the EU but from outside the fiscal territory of the EU in the same way as for parcels ordered from outside the EU in the following situations:

  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but outside the EU fiscal territory. The parcel is sent to you from outside the EU.
  • You order a parcel from within the EU territory, but from outside the EU fiscal territory. The goods were manufactured outside the EU and the seller has not declared the goods for entry to the EU.

For example, the Åland Islands and the Canary Islands belong to the territory of the EU but not to its fiscal territory. Check if country from where your goods are dispatched is within such a region.