Finland - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation

Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.

Last published date: 2022-07-25

Exporting to Finland is subject not only to Finnish but also EU legislation. The EU’s Union Customs Code (Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code) aims to complete the shift by Customs to a paperless and fully electronic and interoperable environment. The Union Customs Code came into force on May 1, 2016. This transition period currently lasts until 31 December 2025. In 2018 the Commission proposed that the transitional period be extended by additional 5 years, to 2025 for a small number of customs formalities managed by electronic systems that may not be fully completed until 2025. Certain items such as alcoholic beverages, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, firearms, and other articles that could pose a potential threat to health, welfare, or spread animal and plant diseases are subject to restrictions. These import/export items need to meet special requirements and certifications set by the EU or Finnish standards. The Tarif Intégré de la Communauté (TARIC) database is available to help determine if a license is required for a product. 

It is the responsibility of the importer or the authorized agent to declare imported goods to Finnish Customs. This can be done through the Single Administrative Document (SAD). The SAD form is an import declaration form for all EU Member States. 

The following documents should be presented for imports into Finland: 

  • A customs declaration form endorsed by the National Board of Customs in Finland 

  • A valuation declaration for imports exceeding the value of EUR 5,045.64 ($5,299.11 in 2022) 

  • A copy of the commercial invoice 

For further information, please visit Finnish Customs. 

For further information, please visit the Union Customs Code.