Documents and customs documents required for items sent to the Åland Islands
The Åland Islands are part of the European Union but outside the EU’s taxation boundary, which is why you will need customs documents for items containing goods sent to the Åland Islands. The value-added taxation requirements have been amended as of January 1, 2018 regarding transports passing the taxation border of the Åland Islands.
If you send goods intended to be sold, attach a document indicating the value of the goods to the shipment for customs. In transports between private parties, the value of the goods may be entered in the address label's field for "additional information” or indicated on a separate customs declaration (CN 23) or a small customs declaration with a bar code (CN 22).
E-commerce in the Åland Islands
See our instructions for companies sending parcels, letters and transport units. The item’s delivery speed will be slowed down if markings or forms are insufficient. For tax advice concerning commerce in the Åland Islands, please contact Finnish Customs or the tax authorities.
Documents required for items
See the table below for documents needed in different mailing types: We recommend that you add the sender’s tax border number on the item. If there is no tax border number on the item, the recipient must first get customs clearance for the item, in which case the item will be stopped at Customs in the Åland Islands.
|Mailing type||The sender or the recipient is in the customer register of Customs||Other companies and private customer|
|Parcel or transport unit||In addition to the address label for domestic transport: - marking Tulli/Tull/Customs and register number||In addition to the address label for domestic transport: - 1 document - commercial invoice, copy of the commercial invoice, waybill, packing list or customs declaration, indicating the value of the item with costs|
|Letter items containing goods (ordinary and express letter, registered letter, cash on delivery letter, letter with advice of delivery, insured item)||In addition to the address label/Exprès label for the service in domestic transports: marking Tulli/Tull/Customs and register number||In addition to the address label/Exprès label for the service in domestic transport: - customs slip CN 22 or customs declaration CN 23 - possibly 1 document, commercial invoice, copy of the commercial invoice, waybill, packing list or customs declaration, indicating the value of the item with costs|
|Letter not containing goods, postcard, ordered publication||No attachments are needed||No attachments are needed|
The country code for the Åland Islands is AX, the address must also contain the words ÅLAND or the ÅLAND ISLANDS. Also remember to add on the item the sender's tax number and a copy of the commercial invoice in a plastic folder. If you want to send a missing invoice to the Åland Islands, you can send it to the address firstname.lastname@example.org. A mail order company should acquire a home customs declaration permit to facilitate trade to the Åland Islands. The customs at Mariehamn answer any questions you may have about registration, tel. +358 20 391 110. As the customer of Åland Post, you can take care of your transactions in the key customer service: email@example.com tel. +358 200 12131.
Electronic notice of arrival - Åland Post sends an electronic notice of arrival
Electronic notices of arrival (EDI e-NOA) have been technically prevented in items sent to the Åland Islands in Posti's systems. Posti cannot send an electronic notice of arrival for items sent to the Åland islands, but this is done by Åland Post. Åland Post receives comprehensive electronic information on items arriving from Posti and utilizes it in sending notices of arrival, where possible. The recipient can receive the notice of arrival as an SMS or a printed notice of arrival.
How to send items from the Åland Islands?
Customer returns from the Åland Islands
The customer can return a customer return item to the Finnish mainland if it has an agreement on customer returns with Posti. Åland Post uses the same customer return contract list as the Posti outlets in Finland.
Reply mail items from the Åland Islands
Reply mail items envelopes returned from the Åland Islands must carry the same reply mail item envelope markings as on the Finnish mainland.
Sending parcels from the Åland Islands to Finland
When mailing items from the Åland Islands, the address label ID must begin with JJFI999922.... Customer returns (more information above) and companies that have a pickup delivery service in the Åland Islands are exceptions.
Customs slips and declarations
An export declaration must be lodged also when goods are exported to regions outside the fiscal territory of the EU, for example the Canary Islands, and when goods are taken from the Åland Islands to locations other than mainland Finland.See customs instructions