- How Do I Move My Household Goods To Finland?
- What About My Pets?
- How Do I Move My Vehicle To Finland?
- Expert Guidance Is Just A Click Away
At only 13% larger than the Philippines, Finland is similar in size, but vastly different in geography and climate. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, and Finland is home to over 180,000 lakes. In the Philippines, local athletes compete in basketball, football, volleyball, and billiards, whereas in Finland you are just as likely to find yourself with a front row seat to an axe-throwing championship or a wife-carrying competition.
The climate of Finland is very different as well. The Philippines have a tropical climate, whereas the Finns endure long, frigid winters and brief, rainy summers.
You probably have a lot of questions, and you have come to the right place. Let’s talk about what you need to know to move to Finland from the Philippines.
How Do I Move My Household Goods to Finland?
If you are moving your household goods to Finland, the first thing that you need to know is that you can’t skip ahead in the process. Finland’s import rules do not allow you to send your belongings ahead so that you can arrive later. You must be in Finland, with a primary residence established, before you begin the customs clearance process. Your belongings and personal effects are duty-free as long as they are items that you have owned for at least a year.
You can import your household items to Finland within a year of your arrival . While your items can be imported duty-free, you are not permitted to sell, lease, rent, loan, or give away for at least 2 years after your arrival in Finland. If you don’t plan to keep it for at least the foreseeable future, leave it in the Philippines.
Here are some of the documents you will be required to provide. Please note that there may be additional requirements depending on your country of origin.
- Passport with a copy of the biographical page
- Residence Visa
- Proof of Residency such as a lease/rental contract
- Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill
- Comprehensive, Itemized and Valued Inventory – This document must contain a box by box, item by item inventory of everything you are importing, and their estimated valuation.
- Power of Attorney for the Destination Agent to process your cargo.
- Letter from your Employer in Finland – This must be on company letterhead and give information regarding your date of employment and job title.
- Customs Form 45 is an import declaration that states that the goods are your property and were used by you at your former residence. You will also attest that you intend to use them in Finland.
- Customs Form 45e is a declaration for exemption of duties & taxes based on the above criteria (personal use, by you, in Finland)
What About My Pets?
Your pet will need to be quarantined for three months and be examined by a veterinarian upon arrival in Finland. With proof of ownership, pets can be imported to Finland duty-free. Visit Finnish customs here to find out more about bringing your pet to Finland.
You will need the following to clear customs with your pet:
- Certificate of Vaccination – All vaccinations must be current. Lack of current rabies vaccination will result in the pet being returned to its country of origin at the owner’s expense.
- Health Certificate – Visit your local Veterinarian to get a bill of good health within a year of your move. You need to have this documentation with you when you arrive.
- Import Permit from Finland’s Ministry of Agriculture
How Do I Move My Vehicle to Finland?
All vehicles imported to Finland are subject to a car tax. This tax can be reduced if you meet the following criteria:
- You have owned and used the vehicle outside of Finland for at least six months
- You already have met the criteria for duty-free import of your household goods
Once imported, your vehicle cannot be transferred, loaned, sold, rented, leased, or otherwise given away within two years of import into Finland. If you decide to violate this rule, you will be responsible for paying customs taxes and duty as though you brought the vehicle into the country to be used commercially. If you plan to keep it, bring it. If you plan to get rid of it, leave it.
You will need to provide:
- Original Copies of your Certificate of Title and Registration
- Original Commercial/Purchase Invoice & receipts of payment
- Proof of Origin Insurance Policy & Finnish Insurance Policy
- Proof that you purchased the vehicle abroad by way of legal means
- Current Driver’s license & Passport with Finnish arrival stamp
Expert Guidance is Just a Click Away
The laws governing international imports can be complicated. You may find all the rules and fine print overwhelming, and you aren’t alone. Our team of international shipping experts is here to help answer your questions, coordinate the movement of your belongings, and get you through customs declaration without a hassle. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.