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Authorisation of a jointly liable representative for fairway dues

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Fairway dues are levied on ships engaged in merchant shipping in Finnish territorial waters. The shipowner, who is the owner or charterer of the ship or any other actor that has assumed the responsibility for operation of the ship, is liable to pay the fairway dues. A fairway due declaration is submitted to Customs electronically via the Portnet system, and it must include the details required for determining the dues.

A shipowner established in the EU or EEA may choose to use a jointly liable representative. A shipowner established outside the EU or EEA must have a jointly liable representative. The shipowner and their representative are jointly liable for paying the fairway dues. Acting as a representative is subject to an authorisation granted by Customs.

The authorisation of a jointly liable representative for fairway dues may be granted to a natural or legal person who

  • is established in a state in the EU or EEA
  • is reliable
  • has sufficient financial solvency
  • knows the provisions and procedures concerning fairway dues
  • has not committed any serious or repeated infringements of customs or tax legislation
  • has not committed any serious or repeated infringements of customs or tax legislation.

The authorisation can be issued in Finnish or Swedish.

Do the following

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

To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.


Processing time

Authorisation applications are processed within 120 days from when they are approved for processing. The 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: 2/17/2020