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Authorisation for private, general type I or type II customs warehousing

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Undeclared goods are stored in a customs warehouse. A customs warehouse is intended for a warehouse keeper

  • who needs a longer storage period than the 90-day storage period that the temporary storage facility offers, or
  • who handles goods in some way, e.g. sorting and repackaging them.

A warehouse can e.g. be set up by a forwarding agency or an importer. Declaring the goods can be postponed and licenses, for example, are usually not required when the goods are deposited into storage. Import quotas are not implemented until the goods are cleared. The storage period is not limited. Customs warehousing is a customs procedure and it requires an authorisation from Customs. Goods can only be stored in named facilities or at the address mentioned in the authorisation.

Customs warehouses can be either public or private. If the company owns the goods and personally handles the whole warehousing process, the records and customs declarations related to the warehousing, then a private customs warehouse could be the right choice for it. However, if the company only offers the warehouse facilities to others, then a public customs warehouse might be a better option for its operation.

In order for the authorisation to be granted, the company must have an authorisation for comprehensive guarantee. You can find instructions for applying for the comprehensive guarantee authorisation on Customs’ website under “Authorisations”.

Granting the authorisation also requires that the company's storage record-keeping and storage facilities meet the requirements of Customs.

The authorisation can be issued in Finnish or Swedish.

Do the following

You can find instructions for applying for the authorisation on Customs’ website under “Authorisations”.

To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.


Processing time

The processing time for authorisation applications is 120 days from when they are approved for processing. An application can be approved for processing when it contains all the details needed to make a decision, i.e. the application is fully completed and accompanied with the necessary attachments.

Basic information

The service is provided byFinnish Customs
Responsible for the serviceFinnish Customs
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Finnish Customs
Updated: 18/1/2022