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Frequently asked questions on gift consignments
You can send cheese from EU countries as a gift.
You cannot send cheese or dairy products to Finland from non-EU countries with the following exceptions:
- No import restrictions on products from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.
- You can send no more than 10 kilograms of cheese or other dairy products as a gift from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.
Read more on Finnish Food Authority's website.
You can send chocolate and sweets to Finland as a gift.
More information: Finnish Food Authority's website.
The import of some goods is subject to restrictions and prohibitions. Such goods include medicines, foodstuffs, snus, products derived from endangered animals and plants, as well as dangerous objects. Even if the goods are sent as a gift, the same restrictions apply as when ordering goods. Read more: Ordering goods online
Check the EU customs and fiscal territories.
If you don’t know or you can’t find out the contents of the postal consignment even from its sender, you can make a forwarding agreement with Posti, in which case Posti takes care of the customs clearance. The service is subject to charge. You can contact Posti on 020 451 5900 or huolinta(at)posti.com.
PLEASE NOTE. Customs will not find out the contents of consignments at the request of customers.
Relief from customs duty and taxes regarding gift consignments is only granted for goods that a private individual sends free of charge from a third country to another private individual within the customs and fiscal territory of the EU.
This means that tax exemption does not apply to gift consignments sent by a company. These consignments must be cleared through Customs and import duties must be paid on them. Read more about customs clearance.
Declare the consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. The most convenient way to clear it is through online clearance: Customs clearance of a consignment after delivery
Please read the instructions on the Tax Administration website.
Declare the gift consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. Choose that you wish to declare a gift sent by a private person. For the declaration, you’ll need to know the content and value of the gift, and you’ll need the notice of arrival.
If a consignment contains several articles, e.g. a pair of skates and a radio receiver and their total value exceeds 45 euros, one of the articles can still be cleared through customs without payment of customs duty and value added tax, if the value of that article does not exceed the value limit mentioned above. The value of an individual article cannot be divided. The value limit is per consignment. The value of the goods is calculated on the basis of their prices in the country of dispatch. If you receive alcoholic beverages or tobacco products as gifts, read the related instructions: Receiving gifts
Many export restrictions also apply to gift consignments. Such goods include products derived from endangered animals and plants.
Please note that the sender is responsible for finding out what the current export restrictions are, as well as the import restrictions of the country of destination. You can get more information about the restrictions e.g. from the country’s embassy or authorities. Finnish Customs does not provide information about the import restrictions of other countries.
An article ordered and paid for over the Internet to be sent to another person is not a gift exempt of customs duty or taxes. Therefore, goods delivered to Finland from outside the EU customs and fiscal territory or from within the EU as undeclared are not exempt from customs duty and tax. Such consignments are subject to tax and are to undergo normal customs clearance. Read more: Ordering goods online
Declare the gift consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. Choose that you wish to declare a gift sent by a private person.
For the declaration, you’ll need to know the content and value of the gift, and you’ll need the notice of arrival.
However, if the gift is exempt from customs duty and tax, you do not need to pay any import duties or taxes.
Goods that arrive from outside of the customs and fiscal territory of the EU, or from the EU’s customs territory but from outside of its fiscal territory, are usually to be cleared through Customs. As a consignee, you always have to clear any gift worth over 45 euros, since it is subject to tax. Read more about other gift consignments that need to be cleared through Customs. Even if the consignment is a gift, you must provide a receipt, invoice or other credible proof for the customs clearance, so that the value of the gift can be confirmed.
Read more about declaring gifts through Customs.
Gifts sent from the Canary Islands (and from elsewhere inside the EU customs territory, but from outside the EU fiscal territory) from a private individual to another that are worth up to 45 euros, and meant for the personal use of the consignee or their family members, are usually duty free and tax exempt, given that the nature and quantity of the goods does not imply commercial intent. Exceptions to the exemption from tax: gift consignments containing alcohol products and tobacco products, perfumes, eau de toilette products, coffee or tea.
Value added tax and excise duty are always collected when a gift consignment arrives from outside the EU and contains cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, pipe tobacco and cigarette tobacco, alcohol or alcoholic beverages. Detailed information: Receiving gifts
Gifts sent from outside the EU from a private individual to another that are worth up to 45 euros, and meant for the personal use of the consignee or their family members, are usually duty free and tax exempt, given that the nature and quantity of the goods does not imply commercial intent. Exceptions to the exemption from duty/tax: gift consignments containing alcohol products and tobacco products, perfumes, eau de toilette products, coffee or tea.
Value added tax and excise duty are always collected when the gift consignment arrives from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU and contains cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, pipe tobacco and cigarette tobacco, alcohol or alcoholic beverages. Detailed information: Receiving gifts
For declaring your gift, you need the following:
- arrival notification from the transport company
- information on the gift and its value, for example, a free-form account on the value or a receipt on the goods. (If necessary, ask the sender for the account in advance.)
- Customs may also wish to see other documents.
Bringing back foodstuffs from outside the EU as gifts is restricted due to the risk of animal diseases. The same import restrictions apply both to foodstuffs brought back by travellers and to foodstuffs sent as gift consignments.
However, you may receive e.g. chocolate and sweets without restrictions. Read more on Finnish Food Authority’s website.
Instructions on bringing back foodstuffs are available on Finnish Food Authority’s website. The restrictions do not apply to gift consignments received from another EU country.
If you don’t wish to receive the postal consignment, you should not clear it. If the postal consignment is not cleared within 20 days, the consignment will be returned to the sender. In the case of ordered goods, inform the seller that you have cancelled your purchase.
Before the expiration of the storage time you may notify Posti that you refuse to receive the consignment, and that you wish for it to be returned to the sender. Phone or send an email to Posti’s customer service at huolinta(at)posti.com, and tell them about the situation. Write in the header; ‘I don’t wish to receive my incoming order.’
Ask the sender for an account of the content and value of the gift consignment.
Read more: Clearing gifts through Customs