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Import duty & taxes when importing into Finland
Import duty and taxes are due when importing goods into Finland from outside of the EU whether by a private individual or a commercial entity. The import duty and taxes payable are calculated on the value of the imported goods plus the cost of importing them (shipping and insurance).
The duty rates applied to imports into Finland typically range between 0% (for example books) and 17% (for example Wellington Boots). Some products, such as Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are duty free. Certain goods may be subject to additional duties depending on the country of manufacture, for example Bicycles made in China carry an additional (anti dumping) duty of 48.5%.
The standard VAT rate for importing items into Finland is 24%. A reduced VAT rate of 14% applies to certain products like foodstuff, while other products like books and newspapers attract a VAT of 10%. Some goods are exempt from VAT altogether, for example laptops and other electronic products. VAT is calculated on the value of the goods, plus the international shipping costs and insurance, plus any import duty due.
When importing goods into Finland, duty is not charged, if either the total value of the goods (not including shipping charges or insurance) does not exceed €150 or if the amount of duty payable, does not exceed €10. VAT is not collected if the amount of VAT payable is less than €10. Neither duty nor VAT is payable if the total value of the goods (not including shipping charges or insurance) does not exceed €22.
Other taxes and custom fees
- Excise duty is payable on for example tobacco and alcohol.
- Additional custom fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.
Local Customs office and contacts
More information on import declaration procedures and import restrictions you can find at the Finnish Customs website.