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Importing to Finland & Customs Duties

This page is a summary only and there are exceptions to the below conditions. Please contact Finnish Customs (Tulli) or read their Customer Instructions for detailed information on excise taxation, motor vehicles, and passengers & removals.

Importation of Personal Belongings & Household Effects to Finland

From EU countries
When a person moves to Finland from another EU country, his or her personal property is, with certain exceptions, admitted free of taxes and other restrictions applied to importation. For example, VAT is collected on a new means of transport, if the vehicle has been acquired for use in Finland and if the other prerequisites for tax levy are met. Restrictions are imposed by prohibitions justified by e.g. public morality, public policy or public security, or the protection of health of animals or plants.

From Non-EU countries
When a person moves to Finland from outside the EU, the EU Regulation on relief from customs duty and the Finnish Value Added Tax Act are applied to the removal goods. By virtue of these statutes, the personal property, i.e. the removal goods, of an immigrant arriving from outside the EU may be exempted from customs duty and VAT on the following conditions:

For latest information see Finnish Customs PDF:
Importation of Personal and Household Effects and Private Motor Vehicles as Removal Goods into Finland
at Customer Instructions > Passengers & Removals

Importation of Motor Vehicles to Finland

Motor Vehicles as Removal Goods: Amendment to the Car Tax Act
As of 1 January 2015 the tax reduction for removal vehicles imported by immigrants was eliminated. However, a person immigrating to Finland before 31 December 2017, or a person immigrating gradually whose stay in Finland has started not later than 31December 2017, may still be granted a tax reduction for a removal vehicle even after the law has entered into force provided that the vehicle is registered as a vehicle used by the immigrant or he/she has signed a binding purchase agreement for it prior to the law taking effect, i.e. not later than 31 December 2014.
Vehicles granted this tax exemption have restrictions on sale or transfer of the vehicle without paying the tax. Details:
Finnish Customs Bulletin: www.tulli.fi/en/finnish_customs/publications/motor_vehicles/motor_vehicles/008_en.pdf

Importation of Vehicles, General: A vehicle intended for registration in Finland can be used free of tax for a maximum three months if a declaration of use has been submitted to customs prior to taking the vehicle into use in Finland. In such cases, the car tax declaration must be submitted within 5 days of the confirmation of the declaration of use. The declaration of use confirmed by Customs must be kept in the vehicle when the vehicle is used.

Finnish Customs' Motor Vehicles section provides details on import procedures, taxation and use of vehicles. The guide deals with importation of used passenger cars, delivery vans and motorcycles into Finland from EU countries as well as from outside the EU, with information on tax assessment, customs duty and value added tax. In particular see www.tulli.fi/en/persons/car_tax/used_vehicles/index.jsp
Additional English-language PDFs include:

See also:

Importation of Pets to Finland

Please note that animal import regulations change often, and sometimes at very short notice! Always consult the relevant authorities directly for current regulations!

Animal import regulations vary according to species and country of origin. In general, animal imports from EU countries are subject to different import requirements from countries outside the EU, and pets travelling alone are subject to different regulations than pets travelling with their owners.

The number of pets that may be brought to Finland is currently restricted to five.

Holidays With Pets
Generally animals transported from one country to another must bear identification and have a pet passport and a veterinary health certificate showing that they have a valid anti-rabies vaccination and other required health information. Dogs require an anti-echinococcus treatment. Identification can take the form of a microchip or clearly readable tattoo, but regulations apply as to whether tattoos are acceptable. Time restrictions apply to the validity of certificates and vaccinations. In movement between EU countries the pet passport functions as the health certificate. From non-EU countries where the rabies risk is particularly high a certificate of a test showing the efficacy of the anti-rabies vaccination is also required.
Check at Evira, below, for latest regulations.

Finnish Authorities

Pet Guide to Finland
If you are already a pet owner or would like to be one, Pet Guide to Finland has a plethora of useful information. This English language site ranges from importing your pet, or getting one in Finland, to kennel clubs, pet accommodation, dog sitters, cat shows, veterinary surgeons, or even where to find a trimming service. There is also information on other pets like rabbits, rodents, ferrets, birds and reptiles. A lot bigger than it seems at first glance, Pet Guide to Finland has about 50 pages of great content. Thanks to the author, and well done!

Pet Shipping

Travel Cargo - Pet Express is Finland's only worldwide pet relocation service, and the only Finnish accredited members of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA). Services include:

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