Guide to Sending Parcels to Finland

A Canadian visiting Finland would feel at home amongst its rugged boreal forests dotted with thousands of lakes filled with pike and perch.

And like Canada, Finland has hewn a modern industrial economy from its rich reserves of wood and minerals producing some notable products: Nokia, Linux, and Angry Birds.

That has made Finland like its nordic neighbours - rich, internet savvy, and big spenders on e-commerce. In fact, Finns buy 50% of their internet purchases overseas.

Maybe we could trade goods for some of their notable hockey players?

Information for this page was taken from Finnish Customs and the Finnish Tax Authority

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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Finland before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Finland

Documents Only

Finland considers the following to be document shipments providing they have no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale

  • Bids
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Examination papers
  • Gift cards
  • Visa applications

The following items may be shipped as documents if they abide by the conditions listed

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Only if validated
Annual reports Only for shareholder or intercompany use
Blueprints Only allowed if they are for a bid within the EU or for intercompany use
Brochures Only for intercompany or non-commercial use
Business cards Maximum of 15 cards
Cheques Only if personalised
Credit cards Only if personalised
Greeting cards and invitations Only if personalised
Negatives, slides, and print films Only shipments to a press or publishing agency with no editorial or press charges
Newsletters Only if shipped for intercompany use and with no commercial value
Newspapers Only for non-commercial use and purposes
Stationery Only if personalised and in an amount appropriate for non-commercial use
Technical manuals In an appropriate number for the purpose
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_FI

Shipping Gifts to Finland

Shipping Gifts

A private individual in Canada may ship a gift to a private individual in Finland exempt from duty and taxes up to a value of €45 (about $65 CAD).

The following conditions apply for a gift tax exemption:

  • There has been no payment for the gift
  • The shipment is for the personal use of the recipient or their family
  • TThe shipment is an occasional event
  • The amount and nature of the goods in the shipment is clearly for a household and not for a commercial purpose

NOTE: Neither medicines nor snus (snuff) is permitted to be shipped as a gift.

Restrictions

Foodstuffs such as chocolate, sweets, cookies, bread, and cakes may be shipped duty and VAT free up to a value of €45 (about $65 CAD) providing they do not contain meat products.

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfumes and toilet waters, and coffee and tea products may be shipped as gifts tax and duty-free up to the value of €45 (about $65 CAD); however, there are quantity restrictions and excise duty and VAT may be charged

Details are shown in the table below.

Item Quantity Limits for Duty-free Entry Other Taxes
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 L of distilled spirits (>22% alcohol); or
  • 1 L of distilled spirits (22% alcohol or less); or
  • 2 L of still wines (red, white, rosé); or
  • Beer up to €45 in value
Excise and VAT
Tobacco products
  • 50 cigarettes; or
  • 25 cigarillos (maximum of 3 g each); or
  • 10 cigars; or
  • 50 grams of pipe and cigarette tobacco
Excise and VAT
Perfume and toilet waters
  • 50 g perfume; or
  • 250 mL toilet waters
VAT if value greater than €45
Coffee and tea
  • 500 g coffee or 200 g coffee extract and essence
  • 100 g tea or 40 g tea extract and essence
VAT if value greater than €45

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

An individual in Canada may send a gift to an individual in Finland duty and tax free up to the value of €45 (about $65 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to a business in Finland will incur duty and taxes. There are no exemptions.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Gifts shipped from a business in Canada to an individual in Finland will incur duty and taxes. There are no exemptions.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If you are shipping more than one gift in a parcel, wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/gifts-sent-from-abroad
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/alcohol-in-gift-consignments
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/foodstuffs-in-gift-consignments
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/tobacco-in-gift-consignments


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Finland

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects can be shipped to Finland from Canada exempt from duty and VAT providing:

  • You have lived in Canada for at least 12 continuous months
  • You have owned and used the goods for a minimum of 6 months
  • Your personal goods will be used for the same purposes in Finland as they were in Canada
  • The goods are cleared from customs within 12 months of their arrival in Finland

Moving Temporarily

Students

Students moving to Finland to study may ship their personal effects from Canada exempt from duty charges. To be eligible for duty exemption, the following conditions apply:

  • You will engage in full-time studies at a school in Finland
  • You have official status as a student in Finland
  • You are shipping only your property
  • The goods are required for your studies

Personal effects are to be used with the exception of clothing. Allowed goods for students include:

  • Items specifically required for studying, for e.g., books and computer
  • Furniture, bed linen
  • Clothes, coats, and shoes
  • Personal items

NOTE: You will be required to present a residence permit or a document such as an entry certificate from the educational institution.


Non-Students

There is no information at this time regarding non-students shipping personal effects for a temporary move to Finland.


Moving Permanently

If you are moving permanently to Finland from Canada, you may ship your personal effects exempt from duty and VAT

To be eligible for duty and tax exemption on personal effects, the conditions below apply:

  • You have lived in Canada for at least 12 continuous months
  • The goods have been owned by you for a minimum of 6 months
  • Durable goods - computers, televisions, furniture - have been in use for a minimum of 6 months before leaving Canada (small value items are exempt from this condition)
  • The items will be used for the same purposes in Finland as they were in Canada
  • The shipment DOES NOT contain professional tools and instruments
  • The goods are cleared from customs within 12 months of their arrival in Finland
  • Complete Form 45e

NOTE:
Personal effects may be shipped in several consignments over a 12 month period

Marriage

If you move permanently to Finland because of marriage, wedding gifts may be shipped from Canada to you exempt from duty.

To receive the exemption, the following conditions apply:

  • An individual gift cannot have a value of more than €1,000 (about $1,500 CAD)
  • They cannot be alcoholic beverages or tobacco products
  • The recipient has lived in Canada for at least 12 months prior to arriving in Finland
  • The present cannot be sold or given to anyone else for at least 12 months
  • A marriage certificate must be presented to customs
  • The gifts may arrive from 2 months prior to 4 months after the marriage

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • For students: you must present a residence permit or an entry certificate from the educational establishment
  • If moving permanently, complete Form 45e

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/moving/arriving-in-finland-to-study
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/moving/moving-to-finland-from-a-non-eu-country
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/relief-from-customs-duty-by-virtue-of-the-regulation-on-reliefs-from-customs-duty
https://tulli.fi/documents/2912305/4833231/45e_14_ver_1.0_Declaration_PDF8.pdf/23e45910-4380-46b1-818e-d956856a06eb/45e_14_ver_1.0_Declaration_PDF8.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Finland

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Gifts of food may be shipped to Finland from Canada duty and VAT free up to a value of €45 (about $65 CAD)

You May Ship

  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Biscuits and bread
  • Cake
  • Fishery products (maximum of 20 kg)

Do Not Ship

  • Baked goods that contain meat products
  • Meat and meat byproducts
  • Dairy or dairy byproducts
Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/gifts-sent-from-abroad

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Finland

Samples

Samples can be shipped to Finland from Canada duty and VAT free providing they are of negligible value. The samples must also follow the rules below:

  • The samples are shipped strictly for the purpose of soliciting sales
  • The number of items is no more than required to obtain orders
  • Samples are labelled to indicate their quality and nature
  • The goods are torn, defaced, or marked permanently to make them unusable

NOTE: Several samples of the same item may be shipped duty and VAT free if it can be shown that they are for the use of several different sales representatives

Samples of high value, for example electronics and durable goods, may not enter Finland duty and VAT free if they cannot be rendered unusable.


Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/goods-samples
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/relief-from-customs-duty-by-virtue-of-the-regulation-on-reliefs-from-customs-duty

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Finland

Advertising Material

Printed advertising material may be shipped to Finland from Canada duty-free providing they concern:

  • Goods for sale or rent
  • Commercial banking or insurance services
  • Transportation services

Printed advertising material eligible for duty exemption include:

  • Catalogues
  • Price lists
  • Brochures
  • Directions for use

NOTE: A parcel containing multiple copies of the same document must weigh no more than 1 kg to qualify for duty exemption

For a parcel with different documents, only 1 copy of each type is allowed.

Non-print advertising materials that are sent free of charge to Finland are also duty-free providing they have no monetary value and have been rendered unusable.

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/relief-from-customs-duty-by-virtue-of-the-regulation-on-reliefs-from-customs-duty

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Finland

Repairs

Equipment repaired in Canada under warranty will be exempt from duty and VAT when it returns to Finland providing the work was done at no charge.

Items Under Warranty

If equipment is repaired in Canada under warranty, it will be exempt from duty and VAT when it returns to Finland providing the work was done at no charge.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If equipment is repaired in Canada and is no longer under warranty, it will incur duty and VAT when it is returned to Finland

Sending Product for Repair to Finland

Equipment that is sent to Finland from Canada for repair will be exempt from duty and other taxes providing that it is returned to Canada once the work is completed.

Returning Repaired Product to Finland

Equipment repaired in Canada and returned to Finland requires a commercial invoice indicating that repair work was done and whether new parts were incorporated into the product.

Duty and VAT will be incurred if the work was done outside of a warranty.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Finland or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/more-on-customs-clearance/goods-returned-from-repair-maintenance-or-replacement
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/outward-processing
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/inward-processing

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Finland

Temporary Imports

Goods may be shipped to Finland as a temporary import exempt from duty charges and VAT. Usually, Customs requires a guarantee in the amount of the import duty.

Goods accepted for temporary admission to Finland include:

  • Sports equipment
  • Professional, scientific, and laboratory equipment
  • Teaching materials
  • Special instruments and tools, for example for conducting tests
  • Items to be tested
  • Equipment used to store and carry data, images, or sounds
  • Samples and materials for events

NOTE: When goods are returned to Canada, they are to be in the same condition as upon their entry.

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Finland, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 1 year in Finland

NOTES:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically CANNOT clear goods of temporary nature)

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/temporary-admission

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Finland

Permanent/Sold Goods

Goods imported permanently to Finland will incur VAT if their value is more than €22 (about $33 CAD). Duty will be charged on imports of €150 or more (about $225 CAD).

Occasional Shipper

All sold goods, including those bought over the internet, will incur VAT.

Regular Shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Finland, we recommend the use of a licenced Finnish customs broker.

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/import-vat

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Jean Sibelius
Hallituskatu 11
13100
Hämeenlinna
Finland

Phone: +358 3 62 12755
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 19 Oct 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Finland. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Finland, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited goods may not enter Finland, whereas those deemed restricted may enter but must abide by quantity limitations or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Snus (snuff)
  • Fireworks
  • Brass knuckles, stilettos, throwing stars
  • Tasers, slingshots, electric batons
  • Weapons disguised as other objects
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Medical products for veterinarians
  • Counterfeit products and those that infringe on copyrights
  • Products from endangered species

Restricted Goods

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Perfumes and toilet waters
  • Coffee and tea
  • Food supplements and medications
  • Plants and seeds
  • Firearms and their components, and ammunition
  • Precursors of explosives
  • Radio equipment

Sources:
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/dangerous-objects-in-gift-consignments
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/ordering-goods-online/prohibited-goods
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/ordering-goods-online/restricted-goods
https://tulli.fi/en/private-persons/receiving-gifts/gifts-sent-from-abroad#

Duty & Taxes

Duty and tax charges on shipments to Finland are calculated using the CIF value of the shipment, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value, you will be able to estimate the duty and taxes owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

Shipments with a value of €150 CIF or less (about $225 CAD), it will be exempt from duty. This is the threshold value, also known as the de minimis values for duty. The de minimis value for VAT is zero, i.e. all imports will incur VAT regardless of their value.

NOTE: Alcoholic beverages, perfumes, and eau de toilette are always subject to VAT, duties, and excise taxes.

Currency Euro (EUR) - €
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value €150 (about $225 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 24%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€0 - effective July 1st, 2021
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports


Excise Duties

Excise taxes are applied to certain goods, such as alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, soft drinks, and sugary drinks.

Details for them may be found by clicking alcohol tax , tobacco tax , soft drink tax, or sugary drinks.

Canada has signed the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU thus a reduced or zero rate of duty may apply to goods shipped to Finland.


  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines 0%
  • TobaccoVariable
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

Sources:
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/the-standard-vat-rate-is-24-per-cent
https://tulli.fi/en/businesses/import/customs-duty-and-vat
https://tulli.fi/en/ordering-goods-online/about-customs-clearance/what-are-the-price-limits-for-customs-clearance
https://www.vero.fi/yritykset-ja-yhteisot/tietoa-yritysverotuksesta/valmisteverotus/alkoholijuomavero/alkoholi_ja_alkoholijuomaverotaulukk/
https://www.vero.fi/yritykset-ja-yhteisot/tietoa-yritysverotuksesta/valmisteverotus/tupakkavero/tupakkaveron_verotaulukk/
https://www.vero.fi/yritykset-ja-yhteisot/tietoa-yritysverotuksesta/valmisteverotus/virvoitusjuomavero/
https://www.vero.fi/yritykset-ja-yhteisot/tietoa-yritysverotuksesta/valmisteverotus/virvoitusjuomavero/virvoitusjuomaverotaulukk/

Finland Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Finland



Can I ship to Finland?

Shipping to Finland from Canada can take between 2-3 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Finland by getting a quote now.


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