Exporting freight from the UK to Finland in the far North is not necessarily the first thing you think of when you think of this Nordic gem – most likely, the aurora borealis and arctic adventures would spring to mind before. But while being a small country, Finland is a hub of activity with stable industries, including importing goods such as food, petroleum and associated products, transport equipment, construction metals, and machinery. Also, with the reputation as a digital leader via Finland’s start-up sector, AI development and a range of other new technologies and online platforms, there are many goods to trade between the countries. The UK government has also focused on strengthening business with Finland with great importance on quality tech innovations and products.
Post-Brexit freight goods exported to Finland from the UK must be declared to Customs, as the UK is no longer in the EU or part of the European Single Trading Market. Therefore, businesses that export to Finland are restricted and have customs obligations the same as any other international “third country” nation.
An EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) is required for the UK and the EU side to complete customs passage. Our blog, What is an EORI Number has more. The goods in your consignment will determine the customs paperwork you need to submit with your cargo, so do your research and take the advice of a customs agent for the latest, up-to-date information. We would also advise speaking to an expert freight forwarder with a customs team for the latest news, so reach out to us for advice.
Post-Brexit exports to European countries are liable for more duties unless the cargo is covered by EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which means there is tariff-free trade available for certain goods. To qualify, the exporter makes a sanctioned statement to say the goods were produced in the UK. To check if your goods are eligible, speak to your customs agent or freight forwarder, who will be able to fill you in on the latest. There are also reciprocal agreements for VATand payable duties are determined by what you’re sending, so always take advice to see what your consignment may be liable for.
Regardless of what you’re shipping, road freight to Finland is quick and easy with Barrington Freight, even with additional border requirements. We provide a fast service, which currently takes 6-8 days for groupage, 3-5 days for a full load, and 2-3 days for express shipping to Finland from the UK.