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Authorisation for regular vessel traffic

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Goods to be transported in regular vessel traffic approved by Customs are considered to be Union goods, unless otherwise indicated. Union goods are exempted from customs formalities at the port of destination. Goods transported in non-regular vessel traffic are considered to be non-Union goods unless otherwise indicated, and normal customs formalities are applied at the port of destination.

The shipping company may apply for an authorisation from Customs for regular vessel traffic if it only transports goods regularly between ports within the customs territory of the Union. The place of exit of the goods, the destination or port of call on route, cannot be outside the territory of the Union or in a free zone in the customs territory of the Union. The authorisation states the names of the vessels assigned to the regular shipping service, the ports of call and the routes.

The export procedure of goods placed under an export procedure and transported in regular vessel traffic, is not ended when the goods are loaded into the vessel. Under certain circumstances, the export is ended when the rule regarding one transport contract is invoked, or when an electronic loading list or transport document is used as a transit declaration.

Authorisations can be issued in Finnish or in 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, English
Text edited by: Finnish Customs
Updated: 3/13/2020