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Submitting safety and security declarations as a business customer

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Companies must submit safety and security data to Customs for all goods imported into or exported from the European Union territory. Declarations have to be submitted also for goods stored temporarily in Finland. The safety and security data to be declared are details about the traders, goods, transports and routes.

The transport company is always responsible for submitting the arrival and exit declarations, even if it uses a representative to submit them. The time limits for submitting declarations are affected by the mode of transport used and the transport routes.

Submit an import or export declaration of goods either electronically via Customs Message exchange, or online via the Safety and security declaration service (AREX).

Choose Message exchange as the declaration method of choice if your business has a large number of declarations that contain several goods items. You will need authorisation for Message exchange granted by Customs.

You will not need authorisation granted by Customs for using the AREX online service. The service is free of charge and always available. You may submit entry summary declarations or exit summary declarations for goods carried by road without any electronic identification via AREX. Other declarations are to be submitted using a KATSO ID.

Do the following

This is how you can create a Customs declaration in the Safety and security declaration service (AREX):

You may only submit entry summary declarations or exit summary declarations for goods carried by road without any electronic identification via AREX. The system will allocate a consignment-specific master reference number (MRN) for you. Customs use the MRN number to find the correct information for the declaration at the place of entry or exit, where the goods are also presented to Customs.

By signing in, you will be able to submit all the safety and security declarations via AREX. You can also browse through declarations you have submitted and save your declarations as drafts.

Identify as a user and sign in to the service using your Katso ID. You will need a Master User ID or a Katso ID to which the role CUSTOMS - Customs clearance has been granted.

You can find more detailed instructions in the AREX service.

To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.

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: 9/30/2019