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Transitional period for the security data reform confirmed (updated)
Customs’ Notice 30.3.2009, updated 10.6.2009
At the end of February 2009, the EU adopted the amendment on introducing a transitional period for the security data reform. The lodging of the entry summary declaration on goods brought into the EU will not be mandatory until 1 January 2011. A corresponding transitional period shall be applied to the lodging of the exit summary declaration. The transitional period will not apply to the obligation to lodge the electronic export declaration containing the security data. Through a national decision, however, it has been decided that submitting electronic export declarations will not become mandatory in Finland until 1 November 2009. Exporters and representatives that have not yet started submitting message-based export declarations can submit their export declarations on the SAD form until 31 October 2009. As of 1 July 2009, however, the security data required in export declarations must also be included in paper export declarations.
The amendment affects the schedule of introducing other electronic arrival and exit declarations in Finland. At the end of this bulletin, there are enclosed tables of the new and changing declarations on arriving and exiting goods.
Declarations lodged on arriving goods
It is recommended that the new AREX declarations (entry summary declaration, summary declaration and manifest presentation) on arriving goods, which transport operators are responsible of, be lodged as soon as it is possible, although they will not be mandatory until 1 January 2011. The AREX information system will be implemented in November-December 2009.If these declarations are lodged as recommended, the import declaration following the AREX declaration can also be lodged electronically in advance. The new AREX declarations on temporary storage will be introduced in stages.
Declarations lodged on exiting goods
The exit summary declaration is lodged if security data have not been provided for exiting goods in an export declaration or a transit declaration. This declaration can, if desired, be lodged at Finnish Customs in November-December 2009, but it will not be mandatory until 1 January 2011.
The new electronic sea, air and railway traffic notifications (arrival at exit, export manifest presentation and exit notification) planned to be introduced nationally, will be introduced in Finland in November-December 2009 at the earliest. Legislation amendments and the pending creation of the Common European Maritime Space (CEMS) may bring considerable changes, also in Finland, in the plans for developing these notifications.
How the changes affect the transit procedure
As of 1 July 2009, the security data can, if desired, be provided using an electronic transit declaration instead of a separate entry or exit summary declaration. Providing security data using a transit declaration will in Finland be mandatory only regarding transit declarations on exiting goods, and not until 1 January 2011.
EORI number in security data notifications and transit declarations
If entry or exit summary declarations are lodged, they shall, as of 1 July 2009, contain the new EORI number as the identifier of the declarant and of the transport operator responsible of the declaration. As of 1 July 2009, all the electronic transit declarations shall also contain the EORI number of the principal. Present registered customs clearance customers of Finnish customs shall use their business ID as their EORI number. More information on using the EORI number and on acquiring one will be published on the Finnish Customs website during the spring of 2009.
Tables: The new and changing declarations to be lodged at Customs in arriving and exiting traffic (pdf)
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The new and changing declarations to be lodged at Customs in arriving and exiting traffic (pdf)
Updated 11 December 2009