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Temporary storage means storing undeclared goods under customs supervision between their presentation to customs and their placing under a customs procedure or re-export.

Goods in temporary storage may be stored in temporary storage facilities or in other locations approved by Customs. Both alternatives require an authorisation granted by the Customs Authorisation Centre.

Customs can grant e.g. an authorised consignee for transit an authorisation to store undeclared goods briefly in a location other than the actual facility for temporary storage. The Authorisation Centre issues a separate warehouse ID for the location.

The goods shall be placed under a customs procedure or re-exported within three days from their presentation. If the authorisation holder has the authorised consignee authorisation, the time limit is six days. If goods in temporary storage are moved from the location approved by Customs indicated in the authorisation or if they are released from the storage facility without Customs’ permission, a customs debt may be incurred.

If the applicant does not have a comprehensive guarantee, a guarantee must be lodged for the storage. The authorisation holder must keep record of the goods in temporary storage.

The authorisation is 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, English
Text edited by: Finnish Customs
Updated: 2/11/2021