Buying a vehicle from abroad
When you buy a vehicle from another EU country
The Tax Administration is responsible for car taxation and related guidance. The importer must lodge a declaration of use and a car tax declaration to the Tax Administration within the prescribed time. The declaration of use must be submitted before the vehicle is used in Finland.
- Online service for lodging a declaration of use
- Online service for lodging a car tax declaration (available in Finnish and Swedish)
No customs declarations are submitted to Customs for vehicles bought within the EU’s customs and fiscal territory, if the vehicle has been manufactured in or cleared into the EU.
In order to use a vehicle bought abroad in Finland, the vehicle must also have a valid registration in an EU or EEA country or a transfer permit issued by vehicle inspection station as well as motor liability insurance. If the vehicle does not have a valid registration or a transfer permit, the only legal way to transfer the vehicle is by trailer. You are not allowed to even tow the vehicle, as this is regarded as use on the road.
If you need a transfer permit, get it in advance from the vehicle inspection station. To acquire the permit, you need to know the specifications of the vehicle (serial number). You can find the vehicle inspection stations on the map on Traficoms website.
Transfer permits can also be bought from certain customs offices, for example from offices on the Finnish-Russian border. Please observe that transfer permits cannot be bought from all customs offices, for example Turku Customs does not carry them.
When you buy a vehicle from an area that is part of the customs territory but not of the VAT territory of the EU
If you wish to buy a vehicle from or to the Åland Islands, contact Mariehamn Customs for more information.
If you buy a vehicle from within the customs territory of the EU but from outside its fiscal territory (for example from the Channel Islands, including Jersey, or from the Canary Islands), you must declare the vehicle and pay the VAT due. Lodge the customs declaration via the Import Declaration Service. Select the Channel Islands or the Canary Islands as the import territory.
When you buy a vehicle from outside the EU
Vehicles bought from outside the EU must be cleared through Customs
When buying a vehicle from outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU, you are to lodge a customs declaration online in conjunction with importing the vehicle. Go to the Import Declaration Service (can be used in Finnish or Swedish). Customs duty and VAT will be levied on the vehicle.
Note that vehicles imported as removal goods cannot be declared online; instead, you have to clear the vehicle at a customs office. If customer service is not available at the customs office at the point of entry into Finland, you can book an appointment for customs clearance at the nearest customs office with customer service.
- Guidance on motor vehicles as removal goods
- Appointment service
- Customer service at the customs offices
The vehicle may be used provided that it has a valid registration in an EU or EEA country or a transfer mark issued by a vehicle inspection station as well as motor liability insurance. Transfer marks can be bought from certain customs offices, for example from offices on the Finnish-Russian border.
The declaration of use must be submitted before the vehicle is used in Finland. The car tax declaration must be submitted within the prescribed time. The Tax Administration is responsible for car taxation and related guidance.