How to declare removal goods

Once the goods arrive in Finland, a customs declaration on removal goods and vehicles imported as removal goods must be lodged. You can clear your removal goods personally through Customs or use a representative, usually a forwarding agency. You can bring goods to Finland in several consignments within 12 months of your move.

Documents required for customs clearance

In connection with customs clearance, e.g. the following must be lodged for removal goods:

  • Form 45e (declaration on the conditions for exemption from customs duties and taxes on goods imported as removal goods)
  • A general list of the removal goods (for example 20 kg of clothes, a bed, tableware, books etc.)
  • Documents based on which the prerequisites for exemption from customs duty and tax can be verified. A certificate of employment or some other proof of your residence abroad is often sufficient.
  • Passport
  • Residence permit granted for at least a year (other than a residence permit for studies), for persons who need a residence permit
  • Any possible permits; for example, an advance import licence for removal goods or a licence for any weapons among your removal goods
  • An account concerning the export declaration (usually a certification of exit related to the export declaration lodged for the removal goods)
  • An account concerning the export declaration (usually a certification of exit related to the export declaration lodged for the removal goods), if you have been permanently resident for less than 12 months outside the EU or inside the customs territory but outside the fiscal territory of the EU.

How to clear goods through Customs?

The provision of a customs declaration depends on the manner in which the removal goods are imported to Finland. Select the method of importation and read the instructions.

How to declare removal goods

If you bring the removal goods to Finland personally, e.g. in a car, clear the goods primarily at the customs office through which you arrive in Finland. If the customs office is closed at the time of importation, you can declare the removal goods in the Customs Clearance Service or at a customs office that offers customer service. Make your visit to the customs office quicker by completing the form 1143e in advance.

You can, if needed, declare your removal goods yourself using form 1143e. Also fill in form 45e if you have resided permanently and uninterruptedly outside the customs territory of the EU for at least 12 months, or form 348e if you have resided outside the customs territory of the EU for less than 12 months. Submit these along with any other required information to the email address given in form 1143e.

The commodity code for removal goods is 9905 00 00 00.

The following goods are entered as separate commodity codes:

  • Goods under import restrictions (for example, a weapon).
  • Vehicle. If you are importing a vehicle, also the vehicle identification number (VIN) is to be provided.
  • Removal goods that are not exempt from customs duty or tax, for example alcoholic beverages.

Read instructions about how to declare removal goods in the Customs Declaration Service.

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If a transport company brings in your removal goods to Finland, you can 

  • authorise the transport company or a forwarder to declare the removal goods on your behalf
  • clear the removal goods in the Customs Clearance Service
  • clear the goods at a customs office that offers customer service
  • if needed, declare your removal goods yourself using form 1143e. Also fill in form 45e if you have resided permanently and uninterruptedly outside the customs territory of the EU for at least 12 months, or form 348e if you have resided outside the customs territory of the EU for less than 12 months. Submit these along with any other required information to the email address given in form 1143e.

Please observe that some of the customs offices that offer customer service only provide service by appointment. Make your visit to the customs office quicker by completing the form 1143e in advance.

The commodity code for removal goods is 9905 00 00 00.

The following goods are entered as separate commodity codes:

  • Goods under import restrictions (for example, a weapon).
  • Vehicle. If you are importing a vehicle, also the vehicle identification number (VIN) must be provided.
  • Removal goods that are not exempt from customs duty or tax, for example alcoholic beverages.

Read instructions about how to declare removal goods in the Customs Declaration Service.

 

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If you wish to bring removal goods to Finland prior to your move here, you must apply for an advance import licence with Customs.

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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.

Customs Information Service