Trade Compliance in Finland

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
Finland is a member of European Union and European Monetary Union. The EU is firmly committed to the promotion of open and fair trade with all its trading partners and has multilateral agreements and bilateral agreements trade agreements with several countries.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
When importing from within the EU the value of goods more than 10,000 EUR the T2L document if should be presented at the Finnish customs.

From countries other than the EU the following documents should be presented:
- A customs declaration form endorsed by the National Board of customs in Finland;
- A valuation declaration for imports exceeding the value of 5,045.64 EUR;
- A copy of the commercial invoice.

Free Zones
- 4 free zones: Hangon Vapaasatama (Hanko Freeport), Haminan vapaa-alue (Hamina Free Zone), Lappeenrannan vapaa-alue (Free Zone of Lappeenranta), Turun vapaa-alue (Turku Free Zone).
- 4 free warehouse areas ( Helsinki , Naantali, Kemi and Oulu ).
For Further Information
Finnish Customs
Ministry of Employment and Economy
Non Tariff Barriers
In accordance with its European Union membership, Finland applies the EU rules that are in force in all European Union countries. While the EU has a rather liberal foreign trade policy, there is a certain number of restrictions, especially on farm products, following the implementation of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy): the application of compensations on import and export of farm products, aimed at favoring the development of agriculture within the EU, implies a certain number of control and regulation systems for the goods entering the EU territory. Restrictions apply to certain items such as products containing alcohol, pharmaceuticals, narcotics and dangerous drugs, explosives, etc. Beef cattle bred on hormones is forbidden to import. The BSE crisis (often called the "mad cow disease") urged the European Authorities to strengthen phytosanitary measures to make sure of the quality of meats entering and circulating in the EU territory. The principle of precaution is now widespread: in case of doubt, the import is prohibited until proof is made of the non-harmfulness of products.
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Agriculture and textiles (at the EU level)
Assessment of Commercial Policy
The Finnish commercial policy, as seen by the WTO
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
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