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Questions about customs and shipping in FinlandQuestions about customs and shipping in Finland

MaakieMaakie3 meses atrásAsk MFC
The following are questions for collectors living (or having lived) in Finland. I'm soon moving to Finland and I have pre-orders that I'm planning on moving to my new address there, next to well, of course, continue buying stuff from Japan and wanting to know what to expect! I already tried to read as much information as I can online, but I would like to hear some more personal experiences next to hopefully more specific answers. From my own experience in the Netherlands, the way the post and customs works is in execution quite different from what their websites claim, and I don't want to risk packages being undelivered or for some reason returned. This blog is text heavy, but I hope it can also be a good source of information for others finding this later on. :) Thanks for reading and replying!
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1) I looked into general import rules and taxes and they seem similar to what mostly happens in Europe: taxes take place above everything valued 22 euros (which in our hobby means: practically everything you buy from Japan). From the Finnish postal website and customs websites I understand that it is recommended that after every online purchase you go directly to tulli.fi/en/pri... where you can register and pay taxes + fees for the goods you are going to import. Unfortunately the payment-related pages are not available in English and I doubt my Finnish lessons are going to be fast enough to fully understand something like this in the next couple of months. ^^'' So I also read that it's possible to do the consignment in person at a post office, but the details seem a bit vague and I assume extra fees need to be paid if you do that.

So, my questions about the general import rules and taxes:

a) What is the most recommended way of paying customs? Upfront online or afterwards by letter/post-office?

b) Are there any extra fees/hidden fees? (For example: The Netherlands, where I'm from, has general handling fees with each package that change depending on the shipping method used.)

c) Is there are certain limit you should stay under? (Also an example from my home country: here your taxes and fees get almost doubled percentage-wise if your package reaches over 150 euros, so you're safer to stay under that range).

d) There seem to be a lot of options in using the Finnish post system for notifications: text message, e-mail, letter in your mailbox etc. . Which is the best one in your opinion? And is that something I should activate upfront or does it just happen when I get my first package there?

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2) Importing limitations and rules. Lists about what is (not) allowed to import in countries can be very vague, so I was hoping that with the following items below some people living in Finland can answer if they can get this through customs or not.

a) Japanese food and snacks. I like buying pre-packaged snacks, food and drinks from Japan, from websites such as Candysan. My home country never had issues with things like that as long as it's not actual fresh stuff and it's items that are packaged/processed, is it similar in Finland? And I assume alcohol is not allowed or only in small quantities. A small award for the Finnish customs website just saying "certain foodstuffs are not allowed". What food stuffs?! :')

b) Contact lenses, make-up etc. from Asia. I buy quite a lot of fashion contact lenses and different types of make-up from Asian countries, mainly Korea. These are all correctly tested and approved by their own health departments, but of course don't have an European/Finnish approval. Would these be any issue to import? Finnish customs website mentions "some limitations on medicinal products from outside EEA".

c) Ecchi items, although I don't collect anything hardcore, I do enjoy quite a lot of ecchi series and thus own and buy quite some items like figures with cast-off options or partial nudity, hugging pillows, wallscrolls with ecchi artworks etc. Where I'm from, practically all porn is OK and because of this I've actually helped online friends import 'weird' porn which I then send to them (mainly futanari and otokonoko genres). This 'unfortunately' has caused me to be really casual about items and books that might be shocking to other people (and their custom services). I've talked before with a collector from Sweden and from what I understand for her rules are very though and all items get checked through customs. Things considered quite tame in the average figure collector their eyes, would absolutely not fly there (for example, I was told no porn/ecchi is allowed there with people or characters sporting anything smaller than a C cup, even if the person or character is clearly an adult). Just from 'hearing', it seems like most Northern European countries are similar to this, so are there similar rules in Finland? For reference, the ecchi franchises I mostly collect from are Strike Witches ENTRY #2 and Queen's Blade ENTRY #18 , which both have a very varied cast in body types. So if I were to buy for example another artbook from this series, this wide range of body types would also be visible. Maybe I'm overthinking now, but I maybe should also browse MFC in SFW mode when I have moved there, as sometimes innocent looking thumbnails can have quite some hardcore stuff behind it on here. I'm of course also dropping the services I did with helping friends get goods, LOL.

d) Paints and thinners. I paint Garage and Model kits and paints and thinners can always be a tricky thing to import as most customs work with rules about flammability levels that are not literally in writing with exact levels allowed. In my home country, most thinners were not OK to import yourself (as they were too flammable), but most paints were allowed. Does somebody have any experience with specifics brands/types getting through customs (or not) in Finland?

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3) Shipping to other European countries and to outside the EU. I like to do gift exchanges and I'm also planning to put some more of my collection up for sale when I get more settled in Finland, so I'll also be using the Finnish postal system myself to ship things to others. I've already been looking into shipping options with the national post services, but also alternatives like DHL and DPD which seem to be widely available.

a) What is most recommended quality-wise? The official post services or are (what looks like cheaper) alternatives like DHL and DPD just as good or better?

b) I assume that when I ship something to outside the EU, you also need to fill in paperwork. Is this done at the post office or something you can prepare from home and I right now just can't find the information online for?

c) Do Finnish postal services also open up your packages before you ship them (so during or after dropping off), or are they only getting inspected in the destination country? And if they get inspected in Finland itself do you need to show proof of sales or proof that it is a gift?

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4) I wanted to give an example of the average online order I do and just check if there is anything recommendable or not recommendable about it.

a) I order about 3-4 times a year a big amount of items through a proxy service, which I ship cheaply with surface shipment. The total value of these loots is in general quite high as I mostly include some figures in there as well. The size is mostly not that crazy big, but they can have some high weight as books are included. The value depends heavily on how rare the goods I have found are, and are mostly 100-500 euros total worth each package. Considering I use an proxy, I don't have a formal invoice from them, but can send/screenshot the webpages from the different websites and auction places I have bought from.

b) I sometimes have a loose pre-order figure which is mostly shipped with registered SAL method. These are figures valuing 50-100 euros mostly. These are in comparison already very expensive orders to receive in the Netherlands, so I'm assuming it's not recommendable in Finland either.

c) When good sales come around, I also make sometimes small packages/big letters with smaller goods together (for example keychains, clear files, sometimes clothing) and try to keep the total value low so it doesn't get hit by customs. Most of these smaller packages also fit through the mailbox. Are these big envelopes/smaller packages easy to receive in Finland as well, or do you need to drop a ton of paperwork and proof that the value is actually below 22 euros?

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5) And then just a general field, are there general things to avoid or recommend? Favorite local shops that can import for you? It seems like there are mainly gaming/fantasy shops doing anime stuff on the side? Certain shipping options to avoid/recommend? Things that worked different than you expected yourself? Any tips and general experiences are welcome!

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Thanks for reading this way too long blog and answering!

I'm looking forward to soon live in beautiful Suomi (Finland)! :)

https://i.ibb.co/zS3kVhq/332083.jpg
^My instant #1 grail figure since knowing I'll go to Finland permanently. In the database here: ITEM #332083 .

p.s. I also already joined CLUB #204 and posted this blog with questions there. :) If there are other clubs/communities to recommend I would love to hear as well!
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Multiple comments have disappeared from this blog, so I mentioned it here: threads.v4.php?...
3 meses atrás
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Welcome to the country!

I'll try to answer stuff that wasn't already, or add to some things.

If you use google chrome with its auto translation feature then I think declaring customs won't be such a big deal in the end. Text fields for address etc can be cached in your browser so you only have to remember the fields for tracking/package #, date of arrival, sender, choosing the proper codes and the price.

There's also a limit to how many items you can add to the declaration, so if I ordered like 5 charms and 4 clearfiles then I just bunch those together in one lump sum under "Koriste-esineet, muovia" (decroative items, plastic) or similar.

There should be no problem buying cosmetics and contact lenses etc. Perfume and sprays, basically flammables, are the usual no no. This would likely include paint thinner and topcoat sprays. But Finland has the shops Tempera (extensive art supply store), Fantasiapelit, HobbyPoint and Warhammer GamesWorkshop for miniatures so surely you can find something local that works out.

There's no problem buying ecchi stuff, I buy some pretty risque stuff -- especially in the ways of doujinshi, some of the covers are very NSFW. >.> Also figures -- I didn't even know that one of my orders was a castoff lol and nothing happened. I can also add I collect dolls sizes 16cm-65cm of various bodyshapes from "chibi" to "loli" to "busty oneesan" and they always ship naked. No issues with that either. No package of mine has ever been opened for inspection. And I have only once in all these years been asked to send them the receipt for something because it was a low value package sent with expensive EMS (I just needed cheap cosplay wigs FAST :'D).

Just assume that 90% of bigger packages, anything via EMS or anything from AmiAmi (I swear they have AmiAmi on some special hitlist) will need declaration. Otherwise it's a random roulette. I've had small keychains from Etsy need to be declared while a 2kg doujinshi package slipped through without needing anything.
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darkfader (3 meses atrás) #71721471Hurray EU for making rules that won't work out in the end anyways. So now we also need all new customs software etc.
It's up to the post services I guess. They can do it upfront or after delivery.
What if we all mass-buy 1-cent items from China every day and then choose not to accept it if we even get that option. We can make postal services go bankrupt in no-time ;)
Perhaps they will leave out tracking information until you pay xD
I guess our postal service PostNL will be using the change as an opportunity to make more profit. Right now it costs an extra 13 euro, I can see them totally ask this amount for every single parcel.
Anyway, I found some Q/A's (in Dutch) about cross-border e-commerce: zoek.officieleb... (section "Afschaffing vrijstelling voor kleine zendingen van 22 euro")

What the FUCK

Maybe Nexit isn't such a bad idea after all
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darkfader lolicon
freja (3 meses atrás) #71644823In 2021 the 22€ threshold is gonna get removed - so in theory every single package coming from outside the EU would/could be going through the customs and getting hit with charges?

Hurray EU for making rules that won't work out in the end anyways. So now we also need all new customs software etc.

It's up to the post services I guess. They can do it upfront or after delivery.
What if we all mass-buy 1-cent items from China every day and then choose not to accept it if we even get that option. We can make postal services go bankrupt in no-time ;)
Perhaps they will leave out tracking information until you pay xD

I guess our postal service PostNL will be using the change as an opportunity to make more profit. Right now it costs an extra 13 euro, I can see them totally ask this amount for every single parcel.

Anyway, I found some Q/A's (in Dutch) about cross-border e-commerce: zoek.officieleb... (section "Afschaffing vrijstelling voor kleine zendingen van 22 euro")
3 meses atrás
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freja (3 meses atrás) #71644823Welcome to Finland!! It's so damn dark here for most of the year but otherwise yeah, it's a pretty nice place to live! :') Where are you moving, if I may ask?
I tried answering some of your questions, hopefully I can be of some help: (Edit: Oh wow, had to put my answers under spoilers because the comment ended up way longer than I expected!)
View spoilerHide spoiler1. a) When your package arrives in Finland and gets held up by customs, you will get a notification of arrival, sent either by paper mail or electronic mail (service called Omaposti www.posti.fi/en... lets you receive electronic mail), after which you can perform the customs clearance. I HIGHLY recommend that you create an Omaposti account and choose to receive the notification electronically, since Posti takes ages to deliver the paper version...
The easisest way to do the clearance is definitely through the online import declaration service ("tuonti ilmoituspalvelu") on Tulli's website. You need to sign in with some kind of electronic identication (for example, I use an online bank service account) and then you just fill in all the required info about the package and the contents. The site automatically calculates the VAT and possible import tax for you and you can pay them right away through online bank. Sometimes the site might tell you that further inspection is required, in that case the customs will contact you and tell you how to proceed via email. The service isn't available in English though, but I'd think that they'd be able to help you out with the process.
If you don't have a suitable electronic identification (Tulli doesn't seem to accept eIDAS for example) and can't use the online service yourself, you can authorize another person to perform the clearance on your behalf (tulli.fi/en/pri...)
You can also authorise Posti to perform the clearance (www.posti.fi/en...) or visit a customs office yourself. Note that the customs rarely has the packages at hand as they're mostly kept in Posti's warehouse, so even if you go to an office and pay your taxes there, you will most likely have to leave empty handed and wait for Posti to deliver the package.
b) From 31.1.2020 onwards there'll be a new 2,90€ "handling fee" for every package valued over 22€ - but under 150€ I think? It is something Posti collects, so it seems that you will pay the taxes to Tulli and the handling fee to Posti separately.
And oh, couriers! I don't know about the others but at least DHL charges ridiculous fees for handling the customs clearance, I'd assume it's the same for the other companies as well. Although I'm pretty sure those fees are not exclusive to Finland. :')
c) This is probably at least partly similar to the Netherlands; items from outside EU valued over 22€ = you pay the VAT (24%) and items valued over 150€ = you often pay both VAT + import taxes (some examples can be seen here tulli.fi/en/pri...).
Books, comics etc are a bit different, the VAT is usually only 10% so the threshold is 50€ rather than 22€, AND they're often duty free - but when calculating the value, the postage costs are added to the cost of the items, so you can reach the 50€ rather quickly... Wherein with figures and merch and such, only the value of the items themselves is taken into account.
The VAT and import taxes are calculated from the sum of items+postage, so if the shipping is expensive it can raise the overall cost quite a bit. Tulli has this calculator tulli.fi/en/cus... you can use!
In 2021 the 22€ threshold is gonna get removed - so in theory every single package coming from outside the EU would/could be going through the customs and getting hit with charges? But to my understanding it's the same for all the EU countries, not just Finland (??), so maybe you were already aware of this!
d) Now that I think about it, I have only ever gotten text/email notifications for domestic orders, and the "you have received a package" slip in my mailbox for international orders... Couriers send a text or call, of course.
I use the Omaposti I mentioned before; I put the tracking code into the phone app and it keeps me posted about the status of my package and notifies me when it can be picked up! As for orders without tracking, I have to wait until I get the (electronic) notice of arrival from Tulli or the "you have received a package" slip from Posti.
4) a) I use proxies & forwarders as well and I have sent Tulli screenshots and item pages with a brief explanation about how the proxy service works/why I don't have actual order confirmations or receipts, never had a problem!
b) Registered SAL isn't available to Finland, but yes, you'd be hit with VAT - if its trackable and valued over 22€, customs will most likely stop it... Unregistered SAL can slip through even if the value is marked over 22€, thinking back on my past orders I'd say its about a 50/50 chance! :') These are of course just my experiences!
c) I use Air Mail Small Packet 99% of the time and the packages are rarely actually small haha, but only one out of many, many packages marked under 22€ has roused suspicion and got stopped by the customs, so I believe your packages will slip through no problem. If not, you can just send them an email with proof of the value (as I stated above, in my experience screenshots and such are fine) and they'll free the package. They have more info here tulli.fi/en/pri...
5) We have at least one figure/merch shop, Urumi. I haven't bought from them because of the small selection + high prices + the long wait with pre-order stuff but they've been around for a long time and they're legit.
Fantasiapelit has a nice selection of English manga and artbooks, though I usually order my stuff from web-based Adlibris as they have better prices and often offer discount codes.
Based on my experiences, stuff sent by EMS/Air Small Packet arrives to Finland in a few days and then Posti keeps you waiting for a while... SAL has always taken about a month for me.
Posti has... a questionable reputation, although it may be true that the few unsatisfied customers are by far the loudest... Though I do count myself lucky as I have been buying online for years, shipping both registered and unregistered, and not a single package has gone missing - better knock on wood as I have one unregistered SAL on the way atm... :')
I don't know that much about sending stuff overseas/import limitations so I'm just going to quickly add a few things:
You can print the forms needed for sending stuff outside EU from here
www.posti.fi/en.... I've never heard of having to open the package at the post office, they're often severely understaffed anyways so they most likely don't have the time... Customs might check a suspicious package before it leaves the country?
About the limitations, you could always ask Tulli Via email? I've had to send them inquiries a few times and they've always responded promptly.
The ecchi stuff, though: Hmm...
To my understanding, Tulli won't actually open your packages unless they have a reason to suspect that you're trying to import something forbidden/illegal/dangerous, i.e. suspicious packaging/sender name/country of origin or x-ray showing something weird. None of my packages have ever been inspected by customs, not even the ones I've had to pay fees for.
However, if they were to open your package I would assume that as long as everything seems *legal*, you know, it would be fine, even the more fetish-y stuff. Loli/shota stuff I could see possibly causing trouble. Take this with a grain of salt though, as I have no actual experience on the matter. :')
...that was a lot of stuff!! If you have any other/followup questions I'll try my best to help!


Wow!!! Such an extensive reply, thank you so much! I don't even know where to start LOL.

I'll PM you about where I will go because I rather not post it in public places like this. :)

View spoilerHide spoiler1 a) Hehe, here is already the first wall to hit for me. My husband had the same when he just moved to Finland. For a Finnish bank you need an Finnish identity code. Which in the scenario of my emigration I will have the earliest in late January (if I'm lucky). Thanks for explaining the process, though! I'll be sure to make an account there asap once I have all my paperwork for living in Finland. Until then I'll just do everything on my husband his name or route it to my parents in the Netherlands. Even with being able to let someone else do it on your behalf, I noticed a lot of things not being available in English, so I don't want to get stuck there again.

I found some YouTube instructions video explaining how it works and that one had subs, so I sort-of understand what's going on LOL. I think filling that stuff in the first time will be overwhelming, but it just needs practice. It feels a bit like the first few times I used a proxy service and also pooped my pants because of the full-Japanese websites. :')

b) Thanks for the warning! DHL also charges way higher handling fees over here, so I'll avoid them! Having to pay 2 different times sounds a bit annoying, but I hope the payment will at least go through the same website. The €2,90 handling fee and the extra fees I found online when you buy €150+ euros are actually cheaper than where I live now!

c) I had not found that reference page yet, thank you! So many categories, though! @.@ I assume most of our collectibles will be hit with the "Dolls, representing human beings"-category?

I heard of the removing the €22-euros-limit, but I didn't know it was going to be (almost?) everywhere in Europe! :O Oh well, that just means even less pre-orders and even more big proxy orders for me...

d) I'll think I get the app as well once I managed to activate everything. :) Would be nice to get push notifications if something happens with my package. ^^

4) Ah dang, registered SAL was gone in my country for over 2 years and it finally returned a few months ago...and now I'll move to a new country where it's gone again. :') But yeah I guess with the 22-euros-rule soon stopping, I'll just have fill in those custom forms online with everything I buy.

5) The prices of Urumi seem to be only a little bit higher than my local stores, so it might be a good alternative! And there is a Fantasiapelit near where my husband works, I've been thinking about making that my main place for manga and light novel pre-orders. :) I haven't heard of Adlibris before, but they seem to have my main pre-order series, so I'll check them out a bit more thoroughly later. :)

I think I'll send the customs their customer support a message the first time I will buy anything 'questionable', which probably will be either my make-up or contact lenses. I'm afraid it will be similar to my home country though: A lot of the rules are pretty 'broad', so it can really depend on their inspector their personal opinion. So you might get a different response from customs than the mail services and the other way around. But yeah, I'll try to avoid anything questionable for as long as I can and at the moment I can't wait anymore I'll send them a message. :) Specifically about the ecchi stuff, probably a wallscroll or artbook is an upcoming purchase and as it will just show as fabric or book on a customs scanner, I guess it won't be opened for inspection. Still, I will be super careful especially at the beginning of my importing in Finland (specifically with Strike Witches the characters are mostly paired with an older and an younger looking one together >.< ).

You practically answered on almost everything, so I super appreciate your reply!! Thank you!


darkfader (3 meses atrás) #71605414For new figures, I usually ship them at lowest cost from Nippon-Yasan. Depending on the size/weight I may choose a little bit faster/safer method.
N-Y can undervalue and that's so good. Sometimes I get a letter which asks for a purchase receipt or something and I just send them something that matches the value written on it, which seems to work.
But I guess most people play it safe and use Trans-Logistics with tax already included. Sometimes it doesn't differ that much anyway.
For other sites, that accept forwarding, I combine as much as I can (under 20kg though, otherwise it requires EMS).
I use BlackShip for a while now, usually with sea-mail option. Still expensive, but it's better value per kg. (unless the shipping label disappears and you end up paying 3 times that large amount...)
I chose the subscription so handling costs went down a bit. So I guess I can do more smaller shipments now. Doujinshi preorders and sites like Amazon usually have multiple shipments for one order.


Nice general tips, but I would absolutely not dare to try undervaluing in a country that checks items getting in way more heavily. :') But for loose pre-orders switching to Nippon-Yassan and directly paying the taxes to them might be easier and cheaper than importing myself. Thanks!
3 meses atrás
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Welcome to Finland!! It's so damn dark here for most of the year but otherwise yeah, it's a pretty nice place to live! :') Where are you moving, if I may ask?

I tried answering some of your questions, hopefully I can be of some help: (Edit: Oh wow, had to put my answers under spoilers because the comment ended up way longer than I expected!)

View spoilerHide spoiler1. a) When your package arrives in Finland and gets held up by customs, you will get a notification of arrival, sent either by paper mail or electronic mail (service called Omaposti www.posti.fi/en... lets you receive electronic mail), after which you can perform the customs clearance. I HIGHLY recommend that you create an Omaposti account and choose to receive the notification electronically, since Posti takes ages to deliver the paper version...

The easisest way to do the clearance is definitely through the online import declaration service ("tuonti ilmoituspalvelu") on Tulli's website. You need to sign in with some kind of electronic identication (for example, I use an online bank service account) and then you just fill in all the required info about the package and the contents. The site automatically calculates the VAT and possible import tax for you and you can pay them right away through online bank. Sometimes the site might tell you that further inspection is required, in that case the customs will contact you and tell you how to proceed via email. The service isn't available in English though, but I'd think that they'd be able to help you out with the process.

If you don't have a suitable electronic identification (Tulli doesn't seem to accept eIDAS for example) and can't use the online service yourself, you can authorize another person to perform the clearance on your behalf (tulli.fi/en/pri...)

You can also authorise Posti to perform the clearance (www.posti.fi/en...) or visit a customs office yourself. Note that the customs rarely has the packages at hand as they're mostly kept in Posti's warehouse, so even if you go to an office and pay your taxes there, you will most likely have to leave empty handed and wait for Posti to deliver the package.


b) From 31.1.2020 onwards there'll be a new 2,90€ "handling fee" for every package valued over 22€ - but under 150€ I think? It is something Posti collects, so it seems that you will pay the taxes to Tulli and the handling fee to Posti separately.

And oh, couriers! I don't know about the others but at least DHL charges ridiculous fees for handling the customs clearance, I'd assume it's the same for the other companies as well. Although I'm pretty sure those fees are not exclusive to Finland. :')


c) This is probably at least partly similar to the Netherlands; items from outside EU valued over 22€ = you pay the VAT (24%) and items valued over 150€ = you often pay both VAT + import taxes (some examples can be seen here tulli.fi/en/pri...).

Books, comics etc are a bit different, the VAT is usually only 10% so the threshold is 50€ rather than 22€, AND they're often duty free - but when calculating the value, the postage costs are added to the cost of the items, so you can reach the 50€ rather quickly... Wherein with figures and merch and such, only the value of the items themselves is taken into account.

The VAT and import taxes are calculated from the sum of items+postage, so if the shipping is expensive it can raise the overall cost quite a bit. Tulli has this calculator tulli.fi/en/cus... you can use!

In 2021 the 22€ threshold is gonna get removed - so in theory every single package coming from outside the EU would/could be going through the customs and getting hit with charges? But to my understanding it's the same for all the EU countries, not just Finland (??), so maybe you were already aware of this!


d) Now that I think about it, I have only ever gotten text/email notifications for domestic orders, and the "you have received a package" slip in my mailbox for international orders... Couriers send a text or call, of course.
I use the Omaposti I mentioned before; I put the tracking code into the phone app and it keeps me posted about the status of my package and notifies me when it can be picked up! As for orders without tracking, I have to wait until I get the (electronic) notice of arrival from Tulli or the "you have received a package" slip from Posti.


4) a) I use proxies & forwarders as well and I have sent Tulli screenshots and item pages with a brief explanation about how the proxy service works/why I don't have actual order confirmations or receipts, never had a problem!

b) Registered SAL isn't available to Finland, but yes, you'd be hit with VAT - if its trackable and valued over 22€, customs will most likely stop it... Unregistered SAL can slip through even if the value is marked over 22€, thinking back on my past orders I'd say its about a 50/50 chance! :') These are of course just my experiences!

c) I use Air Mail Small Packet 99% of the time and the packages are rarely actually small haha, but only one out of many, many packages marked under 22€ has roused suspicion and got stopped by the customs, so I believe your packages will slip through no problem. If not, you can just send them an email with proof of the value (as I stated above, in my experience screenshots and such are fine) and they'll free the package. They have more info here tulli.fi/en/pri...


5) We have at least one figure/merch shop, Urumi. I haven't bought from them because of the small selection + high prices + the long wait with pre-order stuff but they've been around for a long time and they're legit.
Fantasiapelit has a nice selection of English manga and artbooks, though I usually order my stuff from web-based Adlibris as they have better prices and often offer discount codes.

Based on my experiences, stuff sent by EMS/Air Small Packet arrives to Finland in a few days and then Posti keeps you waiting for a while... SAL has always taken about a month for me.

Posti has... a questionable reputation, although it may be true that the few unsatisfied customers are by far the loudest... Though I do count myself lucky as I have been buying online for years, shipping both registered and unregistered, and not a single package has gone missing - better knock on wood as I have one unregistered SAL on the way atm... :')


I don't know that much about sending stuff overseas/import limitations so I'm just going to quickly add a few things:

You can print the forms needed for sending stuff outside EU from here
www.posti.fi/en.... I've never heard of having to open the package at the post office, they're often severely understaffed anyways so they most likely don't have the time... Customs might check a suspicious package before it leaves the country?

About the limitations, you could always ask Tulli Via email? I've had to send them inquiries a few times and they've always responded promptly.

The ecchi stuff, though: Hmm...

To my understanding, Tulli won't actually open your packages unless they have a reason to suspect that you're trying to import something forbidden/illegal/dangerous, i.e. suspicious packaging/sender name/country of origin or x-ray showing something weird. None of my packages have ever been inspected by customs, not even the ones I've had to pay fees for.
However, if they were to open your package I would assume that as long as everything seems *legal*, you know, it would be fine, even the more fetish-y stuff. Loli/shota stuff I could see possibly causing trouble. Take this with a grain of salt though, as I have no actual experience on the matter. :')


...that was a lot of stuff!! If you have any other/followup questions I'll try my best to help!
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For new figures, I usually ship them at lowest cost from Nippon-Yasan. Depending on the size/weight I may choose a little bit faster/safer method.
N-Y can undervalue and that's so good. Sometimes I get a letter which asks for a purchase receipt or something and I just send them something that matches the value written on it, which seems to work.
But I guess most people play it safe and use Trans-Logistics with tax already included. Sometimes it doesn't differ that much anyway.

For other sites, that accept forwarding, I combine as much as I can (under 20kg though, otherwise it requires EMS).
I use BlackShip for a while now, usually with sea-mail option. Still expensive, but it's better value per kg. (unless the shipping label disappears and you end up paying 3 times that large amount...)
I chose the subscription so handling costs went down a bit. So I guess I can do more smaller shipments now. Doujinshi preorders and sites like Amazon usually have multiple shipments for one order.
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