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Submitting safety and security declarations as a business customer

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Companies must electronically 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. Arrival and exit declarations are always submitted to Customs by the transport company, even if it uses a representative to submit declarations. The time limits for submitting declarations are determined by the mode of transport and the transport routes.

You can submit arrival or exit declarations to Customs electronically either via Message exchange or online via the Safety and security declaration service (AREX). If your company makes a lot of declarations and the declarations contain several items of goods, it is a good idea to select Message exchange as the service method. For using message declarations, you need a message exchange authorisation from Customs.

You will not need authorisation granted by Customs for using the AREX online service. The service is free of charge and 24/7 available. You can submit an entry summary declaration or an exit summary declaration in the service as an unidentified user, in which case the declaration will not be saved. Other declarations must be provided as an identified user.

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Customs clearance in the Safety and security declaration service (AREX)

Before using the service, please read the instructions for identification and how to use the services on the Customs website. We recommend logging in as an identified user. If you log into the service, you can submit all declarations related to inbound and outbound traffic. As an unidentified user, you can only submit an entry/exit summary declaration for goods transported by road.

As an identified user, you can browse through your declarations and save them as incomplete.

An unidentified user receives a consignment-specific master reference number (MRN) from the system.

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.

You can find more detailed instructions in the 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: 6/23/2020