All goods that arrive from outside the EU must be cleared through customs. Therefore, the recipient, or consignee, has to submit an import declaration to Customs. Based on the information in the declaration, Customs calculates the duties, value added tax and any other charges to be paid for the goods. The commodity code under which the goods are classified determines the amount of duties to be paid.
See more on Clearing import goods through Customs
When is car tax collected?
In Finland, car tax is collected on passenger cars, delivery vans and buses with an unladen weight of less than 1 875 kg, as well as on motorcycles and other category L vehicles (e.g. ATVs). Car tax must be paid before registration and use in Finland. An exception to this are specific cases of temporary tax-exempt use.
Vehicles imported from outside the EU are subject to an additional customs duty and import VAT.
See what you need to know prior to importing a vehicle to Finland
Examples on calculating the import taxes
You have ordered a blouse from the USA and it cost 200 euros. The postage was 35 euros. Clothes are subject to a 12 per cent general customs duty.
The price of the blouse and the postage:
200 euros + 35 euros = 235 euros
Customs duties due:
235 euros * 12 % = 28.20 euros
The price of the blouse, the postage and the duties
235 euros + 28.20 euros = 263.30 euros
The VAT due
263.20 euros * 24 % = 63.17 euros
The total import tax collected on the blouse is 91.37 euros.
Bringing in a cat or a dog from outside the EU
- Choose the red channel at Customs due to the restrictions on import of animals
- For Customs to be able to check the ID markings of the animal and the import documents, you may only import animals to Finland through approved entry points.
- The animal must be microchipped or tattooed for identification and vaccinated against rabies and accompanied by the necessary certificates. Dogs must also be treated against tapeworm causing echinococcosis.
- If there is something unclear about vaccinations, medication or ID information, the animal may be sent back to the country of origin, quarantined for a time or put down. As the importer, you are responsible for all costs incurred.
- Be ready for tax consequences if the animal’s value is higher than the duty-free allowance.
- Customs has noted that the most common issues when importing pets are the lack of tapeworm treatment and antibody testing. These cases are always problematic, as the custody facilities of Customs are limited, and there are always risks involved in taking care of dogs that might have rabies. Returning the animals is also difficult, as airline companies do not take responsibility for dogs travelling unaccompanied.
There has also been some unclarity about microchipping and when vaccinations should be given.
- For more information, go to the website of The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira or call their customer service number.
For more information on importing/exporting animals go to Evira: Animals – Import and Export
New legislation - declaration systems will undergo changes in stages
The new EU Customs Code and its implementing provisions become effective on 1 May 2016. As of that date, many authorisations granted by Customs as well as guarantees will undergo immediate changes. Customs’ declaration systems will be renewed in stages starting in 2018. Customs declarations will become entirely electronic by 2020.