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Authorisation to extend the return time for return goods

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Return goods that were originally cleared for export from the customs territory of the Union have a time period of three years within which they must be returned to the Union’s customs territory. Relief from import duties is granted if the Union goods originally cleared for export from the customs territory of the Union are returned there within three years and are declared for release for free circulation.

Upon application, Customs may extend the three-year period in special circumstances and for justified reasons

The authorisation 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

Authorisation applications are processed within 30 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: 12/9/2020