The most hated of taxes? Finnish Customs and car imports
The first car was cleared through customs in Finland in 1900, in Turku. Not long after that, the import taxation of cars became very complicated, and it has remained that way through the decades. During the war and for a long time after, the import of cars was strictly regulated, which didn’t make things any easier. In 1958, a special tax for cars was introduced, a tax which Finnish Customs levied upon import. Since then, the levying of the much-disputed car tax has been one of Customs’ tasks. In 2017, the car taxation will be transferred from Finnish Customs to the Finnish Tax Administration.
Welcome to the Customs Museum!
The Customs Museum is located on Susisaari Island in Suomenlinna, in the Hamilton-Polheim Curtain building (Suomenlinna B 20 D). The museum houses a permanent exhibition on the history of Finnish Customs and a changing exhibition on a specific theme. Our new exhibition "The most hated tax? Customs and the import of cars" will focus on vehicle import taxation.
The Customs Museum is open from 17 May to 31 August from Tuesday to Sunday 12.30 pm–5.30 pm.