Shipping To Finland
Shipping To Finland
If you are interested in international shipping to Finland, the largest cargo shipping port in the country is the Port of Helsinki.
Before shipping duty free items to Finland it is important that you have lived for at least one year outside of Finland, and that you intend to live in the country for an extended period. Also, the cargo that you ship to Finland duty free may not be used for commercial purposes.
You can ship used household goods and personal items to Finland duty-free, in appropriate amounts.
Documentation Required When Shipping to Finland
When you are shipping cargo to Finland, there is some important documentation required in advance. Some of the documents you need before shipping to Finland include:
- A copy of your Passport
- Proof of Employment
- Customs Declaration – This is a document that typically provides information about the nature of the goods you are shipping, the value of your cargo, and the final destination.
- Inventory of the items you are shipping. This can be written in English, Finnish, German, or Swedish. Make sure you document the exact number of boxes you are shipping, with a detailed list of the contents in each carton. Please make note of dutiable items like alcohol.
- Owner’s Declaration stating that the goods you are shipping belong to you, have been used abroad, and are for your continued use in Finland.
Shipping to Finland: Dutiable and Restricted Items
When you ship cargo to Finland, you may have to pay duty fees on some things. It is helpful if all the dutiable items that you ship to Finland are stowed for easy access for customs inspections. New items less than six months old are dutiable. It is advisable to have invoices on any new items. In addition, other things including food and fabrics, precious metal objects, and business equipment may all be subject to certain fees and regulations.
If you are interested in bringing a firearm and/or ammunition with you to Finland, it will be held by the Customs Office until you receive a valid Firearm Certificate.
There are restrictions on certain items when shipping to Finland, including collectors’ items that are unusable and electronic devices, for example walkie-talkies and radios.
If you want to ship plants or vegetable products to Finland, make sure you have a Phytosanitary Certificate. There are also restrictions on certain types of feathers, furs, tusks, skins, etc. of animals that fall under regulations pertaining to protected species.
Please note that there are duty fees for international shipping tobacco products or alcohol to Finland.
Prohibited Items When Shipping to Finland
Certain items are restricted when cargo shipping to Finland and others are prohibited. These include:
- Explosives, fireworks, clasp-knives, and other dangerous sharp-edged weapons
- Automatic weapons of any kind
- Narcotics and drugs
- Pornographic materials
- Products made from animals listed under protected species regulations
Vehicle Shipping to Finland
If you want to ship a car or motorcycle to Finland, you must plan to go to the customs office in Finland to clear your vehicle. Any vehicle entering Finland must be in compliance with the U.S. or European vehicle exhaust regulations.
You are allowed to import one vehicle duty-free if you have owned and been using it abroad for at least six months prior to shipment. You must also qualify for duty-free import of household goods.
Keep in mind that the duty free value for a vehicle entering Finland is up to $34,000. If the car you are shipping to Finland is valued at more than this amount, you will be required to pay duty fees on the excess value. In addition, the Finnish Customs Department determines the value of vehicles.
Also, for duty free vehicle shipping to Finland, you are not allowed to sell your vehicle or allow others use of your vehicle for two years. If you plan to do either of these things, you must submit full payment of all duties and taxes.
Finally, if you are interested in shipping a new vehicle or if your vehicle does not qualify for exemption for some other reason, vehicle import taxes to ship a car to Finland will be between 50% and 60% of the retail price of a similar new vehicle in Finland. Calculated duties will also be based on the types of accessories and equipment your vehicle includes.
Before shipping a car to Finland, please make sure you have the following documents:
- Original Passport
- Purchase-deed and receipts of payment
- Vehicle registration documents
- Employment Certificate proving your vehicle was purchased with earnings from abroad
- Car insurance policy in Finland
- Foreign car insurance policy
- Driver’s License
Choosing the right international sea shipping agency can help make your experience shipping to Finland or to some other international destination much easier. You can get a fast and free estimate for international shipping from Cargo Experts at www.cargoshippingexperts.com or you can call toll free 1- 866-994-7822 for additional information about international shipping by sea to Finland.