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10/1/09

The stages of the security data reform in Finland

Customer notice, 1 October 2009

Customs declarations called for by the security data reform of the EU and related to the reform of the electronic customs services of Finnish Customs will be introduced in Finland in stages. The stages of each declaration are shown in the table at the end of this notice. The new electronic customs applications introduced during the autumn of 2009 are:

•        online export declaration as of 1 October 2009

•        entry and exit declarations by messages to the AREX system as of 14 December 2009

Introduction of new declarations on arriving goods in stages

New declarations (entry summary declaration, summary declaration and manifest presentation) on arriving goods, which transport operators are responsible of, can be submitted to the AREX system of Finnish Customs by message traffic as of 14 December 2009. The new AREX declarations on temporary storage will be introduced in message traffic during the first quarter of 2010. Online AREX declarations on arriving goods will begin in Finland during the second quarter of 2010.

It is recommended to submit new declarations on arriving goods as soon as it is possible to submit them, although they will not be mandatory until 1 January 2011 according to EU legislation. If these declarations are submitted as recommended, the import declaration following the AREX declaration can also be submitted electronically in advance.

Online export declaration introduced 1 October 2009

As of 1 July 2009, it has been compulsory to submit the security data on export goods in the export declarations submitted electronically or on the SAD form. Since the end of 2008, it has been possible to submit export declarations by message traffic, and as of 1 October 2009, export declarations can be submitted online. Electronic export declaration will be mandatory of in Finland as of 1 November 2009.

AREX declarations on exiting goods introduced in stages as of 14 December 2009

A separate exit summary declaration must be submitted on goods exiting the EU if the security data have not been provided for the exiting goods in an export declaration or a transit declaration. This declaration can, if desired, be submitted to Finnish Customs by message traffic as of 14 December 2009, when the AREX system is introduced. Online AREX declarations on exiting goods will be introduced during the first quarter of 2010. They will not be mandatory until 1 January 2011.

The new electronic sea, air and railway traffic notifications planned to be introduced nationally, (the ‘Arrival at exit’ notification to the export system as well as the export manifest presentation and the exit notification to the AREX system) will be introduced in Finland in message traffic 14 December 2009. Online declarations on exiting goods will be introduced during the first quarter of 2010. For goods exiting the EU via Finland, the new declarations on exiting goods will be compulsory as of 1 April 2010.

How the changes affect the transit procedure

The security data on goods to be placed under the transit procedure can be provided in an electronic transit declaration instead of using a separate entry or exit summary declaration. Provision of security data in a transit declaration has been possible from 4 July 2009. The security data on goods to be declared to the transit procedure must be provided only in transit declarations on exiting goods, and not until 1 January 2011.

EORI number in security data notifications and transit declarations

In entry and exit summary declarations and in all other declarations submitted to the AREX system, the EORI number must be used as the identifier of the declarant and of the operator responsible of the declaration. Since 1 September 2009, all the electronic transit declarations must contain the EORI number of the principal.

Customs clearance customers registered at Finnish Customs shall continue to provide their business IDs and the T extensions to the business IDs in all their customs declarations like before. In electronic customs declarations for export, import and transit, the business ID also functions as the EORI number of the company, and there is no need to apply for a separate EORI number. For more information on using the EORI number and on applying for it, please visit the Finnish Customs website, www.tulli.fi .

>>   The new and changing declarations to be lodged at Customs in arriving and exiting traffic, updated 11 December 2009  (pdf)


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