Changes to import declarations

Import declarations for release for free circulation

Current procedure

All import declarations, with new data content, are lodged via the Customs Clearance Service or via message exchange.

The goods can be declared non-electronically only in exceptional cases, e.g. in the case of travellers who bring goods with them.

Changes to import declarations

Customs will provide information on any changes to import declarations when new versions of the customs clearance system are introduced.

Centralised clearance

Current procedure

The importer can have a SASP for centralised clearance, i.e. an authorisation to lodge an import declaration to a Member State other than the one where the import goods are located when the declaration is lodged. An AEOC can apply for a centralised clearance authorisation. New operational models are yet to be determined for the application of the authorisation.

Changes to operational models

AEOCs can apply for a centralised customs clearance authorisation if their activities are based on the new operational models, such as on electronic exchange of information between Member States, new declarations and declaration formats. The new operational models will be deployed in Member States in phases. In Finland, the deployment of the first phase is planned for spring 2025.

The new operational models will be deployed in the Member States at different times, in Finland in 2025.

Changes to processing and specific use

Import declarations for inward processing, outward processing that begins with import, end-use and temporary admission are submitted, with new data content, via the Customs Clearance System or via message exchange.

It is planned that the bills of discharge will be submitted with a separate “bill of discharge” message in autumn 2025.