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Authorisation to use simplified declaration

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The holder of an authorisation to use simplified declaration may place goods under a customs procedure on the basis of a simplified declaration, which may omit certain information or supporting documents. Such a missing document can be, for example, a preferential document (certificate of origin) or a document affecting the customs value (invoice).

The authorisation can be granted for:

  • two-stage export declaration procedure
  • two-stage import declaration procedure
  • supplementary periodic declaration
  • to present documents missing from a customs declaration.

The authorisation is granted according to the type of representation used by the customer:

1. In the case of direct representation, the declarant (holder of goods) must have the authorisation in advance.

2. In the case of indirect representation, the customs representative (forwarding agency) must have the authorisation in advance.

Customs can grant an authorisation to use simplified declaration if the company fulfils the requirements for the authorisation. For example, the company must be located within the Union and it has not committed any serious infringements of customs or tax legislation.

The authorisation decision is issued in either Finnish or Swedish.

Do the following

You can find instructions for applying on 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: 1/13/2020