Gift consignments

Gift consignments from one private person to another between Åland and mainland Finland

When you send a gift from Åland to mainland Finland or you receive a gift consignment from mainland Finland or from another EU country to Åland, you have to declare it if value of the consignment exceeds 45 euros or if the consignment contains products that are subject to restrictions or excise duties, such as alcohol or tobacco. You have to declare the gift before you can send it. You can declare it e.g. in the Import Declaration Service for private persons or at Mariehamn Customs. 

A gift consignment doesn’t need to be declared if all these conditions are met: 

  • the sender of the gift indicates in the consignment details that it is a gift,
  • the value of the gift does not exceed 45 euros, 
  • the gift does not contain any goods that are subject to restrictions or excise duties and
  • there is a clear goods description on the consignment.

If you receive a gift consignment with a value exceeding 22 euros and the sender hasn’t provided these details on the consignment, you must declare it. You can declare the consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. After the customs clearance, submit the decision on release to the postal service. You can also provide details of gift consignments at Mariehamn Customs or by email to mariehamnstull(at)tulli.fi. 

When you send a gift from Åland to another EU country, you don’t need to declare it.

Examples of declaration

When you send goods or a gift from Åland to another private person, you must declare the consignment before you can send it. The consignee (recipient) is responsible for submitting the declaration, but as the consignor (sender) you act as the consignee’s representative and submit the declaration on the consignee’s behalf.

When you send a gift with a value not exceeding 45 euros, you can provide the following details on the consignment: 

  • that it is a gift
  • the value of the goods
  • the goods description. The description must show that the consignment doesn’t contain alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or perfume. In such case, you don’t need to declare the consignment. 

When you are declaring goods in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, tick the box “I’m declaring goods on behalf of another person”. On the start page, under “I wish to declare”, select

  • “goods I’ve purchased” 
  • “a gift sent by a private person” or
  • “goods I’ve purchased” if you are declaring goods that you have sold from Åland to mainland Finland. 

You need to have an order confirmation, an invoice or some other documentation on the value of the consignment you are declaring. Customs may ask to see it.

You can send the goods when you have received a decision on release

You can find the decision on release under “My declarations” for 90 days. Show the decision on release to the transport company (e.g. from a mobile device) when you send the goods.

The decision on release will be displayed in the service as soon as you pay the taxes and charges in the service. Customs will not send you a separate decision on release. 


  • A gift from mainland Finland:

Gifts from private persons must be declared if the value of the consignment exceeds 45 euros.

If the value of the gift exceeds 22 euros and the sender hasn’t indicated that the consignment is a gift or the value of the gift or the goods description, declare the consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons and submit the decision on release you receive to the postal service. You can also email the details to Mariehamn Customs, mariehamnstull(at)tulli.fi, and Customs will inform the postal service of the release of the gift.

When you are declaring the gift in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, select “a gift sent by a private person” on the start page. Provide the other details requested.

If you don’t know what the gift contains or what its value is, ask the consignor (sender).

  • A gift from elsewhere in the EU:

The consignment must be declared if the value of the consignment exceeds 45 euros, or if the consignment contains products that are subject to restrictions or excise duties, such as alcohol or tobacco.

When you are declaring the gift in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, select “a gift sent by a private person” on the start page. Provide the other details requested.

Exception: Excise products (alcoholic beverages and tobacco products) as well as perfumes and eau de toilette products must always be declared, and VAT and any excise duty due will always be levied on them. If the consignment contains alcohol, tobacco, tobacco products, perfume, eau de toilette products or more than 500 grams of coffee, more than 300 grams of tea or their essences and extracts, tick the relevant box on the start page of the Import Declaration Service for private persons.

If the gift consignment has several consignees (recipients) or if it contains several gifts, some of whose value does not exceed 45 euros, see the guidance on how to declare them: Declaring gifts 


When you have had a consignment (purchase) delivered to you that should have been declared, you should still declare it. 

Select “an undeclared purchase already delivered to me” on the start page of the Import Declaration Service for private persons. Fill in the requested details about the consignment. 


Consignments that are free of charge must also be declared and any taxes and charges due must be paid for them. When providing the value of the goods, enter the price that would have been requested for the goods in a purchase transaction. For declaring the goods, you will need proof of the contents and value of the consignment. If necessary, contact the consignor for the proof. 

In the Import Declaration Service for private persons, select “goods I’ve purchased” if you have received samples or a gift from a company or if you’re receiving a consignment otherwise free of charge, e.g. as a prize. 

Customs may ask you to provide proof of the contents and value of the consignment. 


See instructional videos

Declaring your purchases from mainland Finland to the Åland in the Import Declaration Service


How to declare your purchases from another EU country to the Åland Islands in the Import Declaration Service for private persons

 



Contact information

 

Contact Customs Information Mon–Fri 8 am–4.15 pm

Please have a look at the frequently asked questions.

If you have a question about the arrival of parcels, its contents or the handling fee, please contact Posti.

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