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Declaring a gift at a customs office or with a form

You can usually declare the gift in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. In some cases, you may have to declare the gift for example at a customs office or with a form.

If you cannot declare a gift in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, buy the clearance service from Posti or some other transport company, or declare you gift at a customs office or with a form. Read about which gifts cannot be declared in the Import Declaration Service for private persons.

Buying the clearance service from Posti or some other transport company is quicker than declaring at a customs office or with a form. Please note that clearing goods through customs with a form, takes considerably longer than the other ways of declaring.

Declaring a gift at a customs office

You can declare a gift from a private individual on weekdays 8–16.15 at a customs office that offers customer service. Read what kind of item is a gift. Check the contact information for customs offices and, if needed, ask if you can declare a gift there:

Please bring the following documents:

  • driver’s licence, passport or ID card
  • notice of arrival of a gift consignment
  • a written account of the contents of the gift and its value (e.g. a receipt or free form account from the sender).

At the customs office, you may be asked to fill in a customs form (1143e)

Declaring a gift with a form

If you receive a notification in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, saying that you cannot declare the gift in the service, you can declare it by sending a form (1143e) to Customs. Check the instructions on how to fill in the form (1143e).

Send the form to Customs 

  • primarily by email to the address mentioned in the form. To send the form, use the secure mail service (pdf).
  • alternatively, you can send the form to the following address: Finnish Customs, Electronic Service Centre, PO Box 512, FI-00101 Helsinki. 

Enclose the following documents:

  • notice of arrival of a gift consignment
  • a written account of the contents of the consignment and its value (e.g. a receipt or free form account from the sender).

If you cannot send the form by email or post, you can bring in the form to a customs office.

Customs aims to reply within one working day. Please note that you may receive a request for additional information regarding the declaration.

Handling fee to Posti or decision on release to some other transport company

If the gift is delivered by Posti, you may first have to pay a handling fee to Posti in order to receive the gift. If the gift is delivered by some other transport company, you may first have to send the decision on release to the transport company in order to receive the gift. You can keep track of your gift with the Posti item tracking service, or with a similar service offered by another transport company. 

The gift is delivered by Posti

If you paid import duties or taxes in connection with the declaration, you must also pay Posti’s handling fee. Your gift will be delivered from Posti’s warehouse only after you’ve paid the handling fee to Posti. If you have questions about Posti’s handling fee, please contact Posti.

If you declared your gift at the customs office or using the form but didn’t pay any import duties or taxes in connection with the declaration, the delivery of your gift from Posti’s warehouse will start only after you’ve sent a request for exemption from the handling fee to Posti and enclosed the customs clearance decision with the request.

The gift is delivered by some other transport company

In some cases, you have to submit the decision on release to the transport company before you receive your gift. Check the notice of arrival to see if you have to submit the decision on release to the transport company. Your gift will be delivered from the transport company’s warehouse only after you have submitted the decision on release to the transport company.


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Any questions?

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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