Moving to Finland

Country Guide: Finland

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Import Declaration (Customs Form 45) in Finnish, Swedish or English
  • Detailed inventory in Finnish, Swedish or English (must include exact number and description of each item)

Specific Information

  • For shipments originating outside of the European Union (EU), household goods and personal effects can be imported free of duty if:
    • The goods have been used by the foreigner or the foreigner’s family abroad for at least 6 months.
    • The foreigner’s lived in a primary residence abroad for at least 12 months.
  • The shipper’s must have a primary residence in Finland to begin the Customs clearance process.
  • Personal property imported from the EU is admitted free of Customs duty, tax and other restrictions, except prohibitions referred to Article 36 of the Treaty of Rome.
  • Diplomats may import household goods and personal effects duty free provided a detailed inventory has been completed and an obligation for privilege granted by the Foreign Ministry.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • OBL
  • Certification of Title / Registration

Specific Information

  • All vehicles subject to taxes; however, the car tax on one taxable private vehicle imported by the immigrant at transfer of the normal place of residence is reduced by a maximum of Euro 13,450 if the following three conditions are met:
    • The shipper has stayed abroad continuously for at least one year immediately before moving to Finland
    • The vehicle has been in the ownership, or in the possession leading to ownership, of the shipper or his/her spouse and in the immigrant’s use abroad for at least six months immediately before his/her move to Finland
    • If the shipper has previously brought in a vehicle free of tax, it is required that the time limit within which that vehicle may not be transferred without payment of tax has expired before his moving to Finland.
  • A tax reduction will not granted to a person under the age of 18 nor a person who has previously lived in Finland and stayed abroad mainly for educational or study purposes.
  • Vehicles imported duty free by a foreigner are subject to prohibition on the sale, hire and transfer of the vehicle for 3 years, one of which must be in Finland.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

Specific Information

  • Pets are subject to examination upon arrival to Finland and quarantine; contact the destination agent to confirm the duration.
  • Pets without the Vaccination Record will be returned to the port of origin.
  • Pets may be imported duty free with proof of ownership

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcoholic products, narcotics, tobacco (are subject to duty and VAT and incitements require special permits)
  • Firearms and ammunition (a special permit by police authorities is required)
  • Live animals and animal products (a special permit is required)
  • Plants and plant parts (a special permit is required)
  • New items (are subject to VAT and duty and must be declared separately on Customs Form 45; a commercial invoice is also required)
  • Art, antiques and precious metal objects (are duty free as part of the household goods shipment; otherwise subject to VAT and duty; a detailed inventory is required)
  • Wedding trousseaux (may be imported duty free as part of the household goods shipment)
  • Inheritances (may be imported duty free if the shipper’s primary residence is in Finland; a detailed inventory and a certified copy of the Will.

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics/illegal drugs of any kind
  • Pornography and subversive material
  • Explosives, ammunitions and weapons including knives, swords and fireworks
  • Feathers, furs, tusks, skins etc. of animals included on the Endangered Species List and those protected under the CITES Convention

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.tulli.fi
http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/fi
http://www.finland.org/Public/Default.aspx