The effects of Brexit—information for private persons
With the UK's withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, a transition period began until the end of 2020. During the transition period, the current rules will continue to be in place as if the UK were still a member of the EU. This means that there will not be any changes in 2020 to, for example, customs clearance or travelling to the UK.
The EU and the UK will negotiate their future relationship during 2020. You should be prepared for the UK becoming a non-EU country, similarly to e.g. China and the United States, on 1 January 2021.
What are the effects of Brexit?
What are the effects of Brexit on ordering goods from the UK?
When you order goods online, you should be prepared that orders made from the UK will be cleared through Customs and taxed in the same way as online purchases from non-EU countries such as China or the USA from 1 January 2021.
What does this mean in practice?
If the value of your consignment exceeds 22 euros, it is subject to tax and must undergo customs clearance.
Exceptions to this rule include alcohol, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfumes and eau de toilette products, which must always be cleared through Customs. The minimum amount of VAT levied is 5 euros. The VAT free value limit does not apply to tobacco products, alcohol, alcoholic beverages or perfumes.
- Have a look at the instructions on what you need to know about customs clearance.
- Use the customs duty calculator to get an estimate of the amount of customs duties and value added tax. You will also find instructions on online purchases and customs clearance in the customs duty calculator.
- You can personally do the customs clearance in our online service.
What are the effects of Brexit on travelling to the UK?
Detailed information on travelling to Britain is available from the UK authorities.
You should be prepared that when travelling to Finland from the UK from 1 January 2021, the same restrictions, provisions and value limits on duty-free imports will apply as when arriving from a non-EU country.
Read more: Instructions for travellers.
How does Brexit affect receiving gifts from the UK?
Be prepared that gift consignments from the UK are subject to the same restrictions, provisions and value limits concerning exemption from customs duty and duty-free imports as gifts sent from outside the EU from 1 January 2021.
Read more: Gift consignments.
How should I take Brexit into consideration if I move from the UK to Finland?
Be prepared that moving from the UK to Finland is subject to the same restrictions, provisions and value limits concerning exemption from customs duty and duty-free imports as moving to Finland from outside the EU from 1 January 2021.
Read more: Information for persons moving.
Be sure to follow the news on the Brexit topic.
- Ministry of Interior: right of residence, residence permits and border checks
- Information on Brexit for businesses (tulli.fi)