Ordering goods online

When you purchase goods from an online shop based abroad, your parcel begins a journey during which you may have to declare it and pay import duties. At the end of its journey, your parcel can arrive safely in Finland. 

  1. Before you buy goods from a foreign online shop

    • Check if you need to declare your purchase to Customs. Customs clearance entails the payment of import duties and a declaration to Customs on the type of your goods. For example, all parcels arriving from outside the EU must be declared. Read more: What parcels need to be declared?
    • Use the Customs Duty Calculator for assessing the amount of payable import duties such as VAT and possible customs duties.
    • You should find out if Posti or some other transport company declares your parcel on your behalf, or if you should see to customs clearance yourself. Read the instructions at our Who can declare a parcel? page.
    • Before you purchase goods online, make sure that you know what possible restrictions and prohibitions apply to foreign online purchases.

       

  2. Declare your parcel

    When your parcel has arrived in Finland, Posti or some other transport company will send you a notice of arrival. The relevant transport company will also tell you if you should declare your parcel. If you do not declare you parcel by the due date, the transport company will return your parcel back to the sender.

    For customs clearance, you will also need the notice of arrival and an order confirmation, a receipt or some other document indicating the goods to be declared and their value. When necessary, you can authorise another person to declare your parcel on your behalf.

    There are different options for customs clearance:

    • You can purchase customs clearance services from Posti or some other transport company.
    • You can declare your parcel yourself in the Import Declaration Service for private persons.
    • In this case, Posti or another transport company may also declare the goods on your behalf. If this is the case, follow the instructions from the transport company.

    If an undeclared parcel is delivered to your home, be sure to declare it afterwards. Read more: Customs clearance of a consignment after delivery.

    Customs does not transport or store parcels. If you have any questions about the notice of arrival, storage, transport or any related service fees, you should always ask Posti or the relevant transport company directly.

     

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

    If the parcel is delivered by Posti and if you paid import duties or taxes in connection with the declaration, you must also pay Posti’s handling fee. If you didn’t pay any import duties or taxes in connection with the declaration, you don’t need to pay Posti’s handling fee.

    If the parcel is delivered by some other transport company, check the notice of arrival to see if the transport company requires the decision on release. If you declared the parcel in the Import Declaration Service for private persons, the decision on release is available in the section My declarations in the service.

     

  4. Returns

    If you are returning a product you have ordered or if you are sending it for repair or replacement, please read the instructions on the page Returns, repairs, replacement and maintenance.

Mosquito repellents, e.g. mosquito repellent mats, can only be imported to Finland by registered operators. Mosquito repellent refers to a biocidal substance that repels mosquitos. When you obtain repellents, they need to be authorised by the Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes). In other words, there needs to be an authorisation number by Tukes on the packaging of the repellent. 

Private persons can bring in mosquito repellent devices as passenger imports or order them online, as long as mosquito repellent mats without an authorisation number by Tukes are not included.

Learn more about mosquito repellents on the Safety and Chemicals Agency website



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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