Frequently asked questions
This is a collection of replies to the most common questions concerning international trade statistics.
Finnish Customs’ international trade statistics are published on the “International trade statistics” page. The page contains the latest statistical publications and reviews. The page also contains information on statistics compilation practices, the publication schedule for statistics, and complete statistical graphs. The chart page contains complete Excel charts on Finland’s imports and exports according to, for example, commodity group and country.
The detailed international trade statistics of Finnish Customs can be obtained from Uljas statistical database. The database can be used free of charge and it does not require registration.
The change refers to the change in import or export value when compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
According to Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Customs’ company-specific international trade statistics are secret and cannot be disclosed to outside parties.
In the Uljas statistical database, you can retrieve statistics based on the SITC Rev. 3 classification dating back to 1987. On the Customs website, you can download Excel charts indicating imports and exports by country starting from 1881. Time sequences related to unit value and volume indexes are available starting from 1866.
Finnish Customs’ statistics on border traffic indicate the volumes of Finland’s border traffic according to border crossing point, i.e. according to different ports, among others. The statistics indicate the empty and loaded containers that have arrived in and departed from Finland. The statistics on border traffic does not, however, provide any information about the port of origin or about the goods. Statistics Finland also publishes various traffic statistics.
You can ask about
- finding and interpreting statistics on the foreign trade of goods
- the use of the service for searching data in international trade statistics i.e. ULJAS database.