Declaration header 

Under “Declaration header”, provide the basic information, delivery terms, transport information, locations and other necessary information concerning the whole consignment.

Basic information

Provide here the required basic information. Read the detailed guidance below.

Trader reference, additional trader reference and unique consignment reference (UCR)

The trader reference specifies the customs declaration and it is a free-form reference issued by the declarant. The reference can contain no more than 22 characters, and it can consist of numbers, letters or special characters. Under “Additional trader reference”, you can provide some other reference, e.g. the representative’s own reference number.
If the consignor has issued a UCR (Unique Consignment Reference), which remains the same throughout the supply chain, provide it under “Unique consignment reference (UCR)”. The UCR can be a WCO (ISO 15459) code or an equivalent.

Declaration type

The declaration type is filled in automatically based on your earlier choices.  If the declaration type is incorrect, you’ll have to start lodging the declaration all over again.

Additional declaration type

If you are lodging a standard declaration, choose one of the following as the additional declaration type:

  • “A – Standard customs declaration”, if the goods have already arrived in Finland and can be presented to Customs either at the warehouse or at the place of arrival
  • “D – Pre-lodged standard customs declaration”, if you are lodging a declaration prior to the presentation of the goods and you know the identifier of the previous document. 

If you are lodging a retrospective customs declaration for undeclared goods that you have received, the service automatically fills in “R” as the additional declaration type. You can’t change this choice. 

If you have lodged a declaration during a service interruption under the fallback procedure using a form or a document and are lodging an electronic declaration retrospectively, start by choosing “A” as the additional declaration type and provide later the additional information code “FIFAL” under “Additional information”.

If you are lodging a supplementary declaration, the service automatically fills in the additional declaration type (U, V, X or Y) based on your earlier choices. You can’t change this choice.

If you are lodging a simplified customs declaration, see the instructions under “Simplified import declaration".

Tax determination date

The tax determination date is provided only in exceptional cases. 

If you are lodging the declaration retrospectively, provide the tax determination date under “Exceptional tax date”, which is the same as the arrival date of the goods. Select the date when the goods were should have been presented to Customs to be placed under the import procedure. 

If you are lodging a supplementary declaration, the service automatically fills in the first day of the period as the tax determination date based on your earlier choices. 

If you have lodged a declaration during a service interruption under the fallback procedure using a form or a document and are lodging an electronic declaration retrospectively, provide the date when the goods were placed under the customs procedure as the tax determination date. This is the date when Customs released the goods for customs procedure with the fallback procedure document.

Total amount invoiced and invoice currency

The amount invoiced must be provided at goods item level under “Goods items”. You can provide the total amount here.

Provide the price actually paid or payable for the whole consignment as well as the currency. The price shall be provided with no more than 2 decimal places.

If the total amount was invoiced in several currencies, provide euro as the currency. Provide the total amount invoiced in euros using the conversion rates confirmed by Customs.

Total gross mass

The gross mass is primarily entered at goods item level under “Goods items”. Only if you can’t provide the amount at goods item level, provide the detail as the total amount here.

The gross mass is provided in kilograms and it is the weight of the goods including packaging but excluding the means of transport and containers. If the gross mass is below 1 kg, enter the value e.g. in the format “0,654”, but with no more than 6 decimals. If the weight exceeds 1 kg, you can round it off to the closest full kilogram.

Providing the weight of pallets: If the weight of pallets is included in the weight of the goods indicated in the transport documents, you can include it in the total gross mass. However, if the weight of the pallets has been indicated separately in the transport document, don’t include it in the total gross mass.

Nature of transaction

From the drop-down menu, select the code that describes the import transaction . You can use the search function or browse the drop-down menu by clicking on the field “Nature of transaction”.

Delivery terms

From the drop-down menu, select the INCOTERM code, that is, the delivery terms that determine, for example, the division of responsibilities between the seller and the buyer. The delivery terms are agreed on for example in the sales contract. The menu will be displayed when you click on the field “INCOTERM code”. If you are not using the Incoterms published by the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), select the code “XXX – other delivery terms”.

Provide the location either in the field “Location (UN/LOCODE)” or “Location”. In the field “Location”, provide the name or the location or terminal specified in the terms of delivery. UN/LOCODE is not normally provided as the terms of delivery location.  UN/LOCODE is the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations. From the dropdown menu, select the code of the country of destination according to the location specified in the terms of delivery.

Transport information

Under “Transport information” provide the required details of the mode of transport at the border and on arrival. Read the detailed guidance below.

The selected mode of transport at the border is “4 – Air transport” and the selected nationality is “DE – Germany”. Also, the selected inland transport mode is “4 – Air transport”, “Identification of means of transport on arrival” and “Type of identification is “40 IATA Flight number”.

Mode of transport at the border

In the field “Mode of transport at the border”, select the mode of transport from the drop-down menu based on the means of transport that carries the goods to the customs territory of the EU or across the tax border. As the method of transport, select the active means of transport, that is, the means of transport which propels the whole combination. For example, if a lorry has been loaded onto a seagoing vessel, provide the seagoing vessel.

In the field “Nationality of active means of transport crossing the border”, select the nationality of the means of transport from the drop-down menu Provide the nationality of the means of transport as it is indicated in the information you have. Provide the nationality in the case of sea, air or road transport or inland waterway transport or a means of transport with own propulsion. You can use the search function or browse the drop-down menu by clicking on the field “Nationality of active means of transport crossing the border” or use the search function”. 

Arrival transport means

If the goods are cleared through customs at the place of entry, select in the field “Inland transport mode” the same mode of transport as the mode of transport at the border. If the goods are transported from the border to another location before the customs declaration is lodges, select the mode of transport code from the drop-down menu based on the means of transport that carries the goods to their location.  

In the field “Arrival transport means”, provide the identifier of the means of transport on which the goods are loaded when they arrive at their location. The identification is provided if the goods are carried by mail or by a fixed transport installation. For road transports, enter the vehicle registration number. If a tractor unit and trailer is used, provide identification for both of these (format “the registration number of the tractor unit / the registration number of the trailer”, e.g. ABC-123 / AB-1234). For sea transports, provide the name of the vessel. For air transports, provide the flight number and date (if the flight number is not known, provide the aircraft registration number). For rail transports, provide the rail wagon number. 

From the drop-down menu of the field “Type of identification”, select the type of the means of transport in the case of sea, air or road transport, inland waterway transport or means of transport with own propulsion. 

If you are lodging a supplementary periodic customs declaration, leave these fields blank.

Route

Under “Dispatch”, provide the original country of dispatch. The service may also have filled in this detail automatically based on your earlier choices. You can find the code for the country of dispatch from the dropdown menu by typing the beginning of the country name or code in the field or by using the search function. If, en route, there is a stop unrelated to the transport or a commercial transaction (e.g. sale or processing), use the code of the country where it occurs. Consolidation of goods consignments en route is not considered a stop.

Under “Destination”, provide the country of destination to which the goods are imported. You can find the code for the country of destination from the dropdown menu by typing the beginning of the country name or code in the field or by using the search function. If the goods stay in Finland, provide the country code “FI”. If the goods are moved to another EU country, provide the country code of that country.

Locations

Under “Locations”, provide either the identification of warehouse or the address details of the goods location. The location does not have to be provided in supplementary recapitulative customs declarations or in retrospective customs declarations. Read the detailed guidance below.

Warehouse or temporary storage

If the goods are in a customs warehouse or in a temporary storage facility when the declaration is submitted, provide the warehouse in whose records the goods have been entered as the location. Provide the identification of warehouse under “Warehouse or temporary storage”. The identification of warehouse is the EORI number with code extensions (e.g. FI1234567-800101).

Goods location

If the goods are not in a warehouse, provide the address details of the location under “Goods location”. For example, if the goods are at the place of entry when the declaration is lodged, provide the address details of the place of entry.

Proposed control location

Under ”Proposed control location”, enter the location where you wish for Customs to inspect the goods. The proposed control location must be suitable for the inspection. It can, for example, be a location where the goods can be unpacked.

 
Under “Type of location”, select the type of control location from the drop-down menu. 

If you propose a temporary storage facility or a customs warehouse as the control location, select “B – authorised place” as the type of location and “X – identification of warehouse (EORI number with extensions)” as the qualifier of location. The details of the economic operator will then be displayed. Under “Economic operators”, in the field “Identification of warehouse”, provide the warehouse identifier, which has the form FI1234567-800101. Leave the field “Additional identifier” blank.

If you propose a customs office or your business’s warehouse or production facility as the control location, select “D – Other” as the type of location. The service will then automatically fill in “Z – Street address” as the qualifier of location. The type “D – Other” can also be used in force majeure situations.

If you propose as the control location a control point (CP) approved in advance as referred to in the Official Controls Regulation or a place approved by Customs for temporary storage (HPA authorisation), select “C – Approved place” as the type of location. There controls prescribed in the Official Controls Regulation can be performed on the goods (e.g. food, food contact materials, fruits, vegetables, berries, live animals, food of animal origin, plants intended for planting, cut flowers and wood). Select “Z – Street address” as the qualifier of location and provide the address details of the approved control location (HPA or CP). Read more about approved control locations on the Customs website.

In an import declaration, “A – Designated location” can’t be selected as the type of location.

Previous documents

The section “Previous document” will only be displayed if you are lodging a supplementary recapitulative declaration for a period.

The list shows the simplified declarations or presentation notifications you have earlier selected for the supplementary declaration. You made this choice when you started lodging the declaration.

You can’t amend the details at this stage. If you selected a wrong declaration to the list, you must start lodging the declaration all over again. If a simplified declaration is missing from the list, you can start lodging the declaration again or lodge a separate supplementary declaration for the missing simplified declaration.

Additional information

If needed, provide one or more than one header level additional information code under “Additional information”. The service will automatically fill in the additional information code “FIPDF”.This means that the service generates a PDF document in the prescribed form, and you can retrieve it later from the e-service. Don’t remove this information if you need e.g. a decision on release to be presented to the transport company or the warehouse keeper. 

If you need to provide other additional information, you can add it by clicking on “+Add information”. From the drop-down menu, select the code needed in the declaration. If needed, provide the description of the additional information code in the field “Description”.

If you are lodging a supplementary declaration for a period, choose the additional information code “FIPER – Length of the aggregation period (W = week, M = month)” and enter either W or M as the description.

If your business has a payment deferment authorisation and you wish to receive the periodic filing as an e-invoice, select the additional information code “FIVER”. As the description, provide your e-invoicing address, such as the EDI identifier (0037 + Business ID without the hyphen + an additional specifier, if any). To check e-invoicing address of the business you can e.g. go to TIEKE’s e-invoice address registry at verkkolaskuosoite.fi.

If you are lodging a declaration for goods released with a fallback procedure document, select the additional information code “FIFAL − Fallback procedure”. As the description, provide the date when the fallback procedure document was accepted by Customs. 

If you are lodging a retrospective declaration that will replace the original customs declaration, select the additional information code "FISUR − Replacement declaration". As the description, provide the MRN of the customs declaration to be replaced. 

If you provide the customs procedure 48xx and you don’t have a written authorisation granted by Customs, select the additional information code ”00100 – Application for authorisation for the use of a special procedure other than transit based on the customs declaration”. 
If you have added an additional information code row by mistake, remove it by ticking the box next to the “Code” column and clicking on the button “Remove selected” above the rows.

Additional documents

Provide here the details of the additional documents concerning the whole declaration.  “N380 – Commercial invoice” or some other similar document, such as “3320 – Order confirmation” or ”3315 – Commercial contract”, must always be provided in the import declaration. If there are other additional documents that concern the goods and that shall be declared to Customs, provide them too.

Add a document by clicking on “+Add document”. From the dropdown menu, select the type of additional document and provide the identifier, such as the number of the additional document or other identifier. 

You don’t need to upload the document as an attachment, unless Customs separately asks for it. You can speed up the processing of the declaration by uploading the document already when filling in the declaration. If you are lodging a customs declaration for inward processing, temporary admission or end-use, Customs usually asks you to send an invoice or some other document indicating the value as the attachment. You can upload an attachment by clicking on “Upload file”. The supported attachment file types are PDF, JPG, PNG and TIF. The maximum attachment size is 5 MB. If you upload a document as an attachment, the service will automatically fill in the field “Attachment reference”.

You can, if necessary, add documents by clicking on “+Add document”. If you have added a document row by mistake, remove it by ticking the box next to the “Type” column and clicking on the button “Remove selected” above the rows.  

Containers

The container details can be provided either at declaration header level here or at goods item level under “Goods items”.

Click on ”+ Add container” and provide the container ID. If the declaration involves several containers, you can add new containers by clicking on “+Add container”. The identification of a sea container is provided using four letters + six digits + hyphen + check digit.

If you are lodging a supplementary declaration, you can only change container details if the declaration is a supplementary declaration for a period.