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The new exit declarations for shipping companies mandatory in Finland as of 3 May 2010

As has been laid out in previous decisions of Finnish Customs, new electronic exit declarations are to be submitted for goods which will exit Finland by sea or rail and for which export declarations have been lodged prior to the exit. The declarations will become mandatory as of 3 May 2010.

In particular, we would like to remind all shipping companies of their obligation to submit an exit manifest presentation and the related exit notification for export goods that they transport out of Finland. Where a shipping company does not itself submit the electronic declaration to the AREX data system of Finnish Customs, either through message-based transactions or via the web application provided by Finnish Customs, the shipping company is required to use a representative with the capability to submit the required declarations electronically to Customs.

The declaration procedure has been described in the document “AREX – System for processing declarations at the entry and exit of goods”.An updated version 2.0 (currently only available in Finnish) of this general description of AREX has recently been published and is available on the Finnish Customs website:

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The following issues, among others, have been described more precisely in the updated document:

  • The exit manifest presentation can be submitted for export goods on the working day following the ship's departure from the port also in cases where the ship’s next port of destination is outside the EU;

  • The concept of ‘place of exit’ used in conjunction with the “Arrival at Exit” notification and with the exemption from providing it has been further specified.