c/o Teollisen yhteistyön rahasto Oy (FINNFUND)
P.O. Box 147
00181 Helsinki - FINLAND
tel: +358 9 348 434 (please ask for Finnpartnership)
There are expertise and products in developing countries that are in demand in Finland. In a global world, export trade is one of the key indicators of economic growth for developing countries.
The products in developing countries can expand their markets through exporting. Exporting allows greater production quantities, often higher prices and a more comprehensive and mature product selection. All of these are characteristics of a business in a developing society. Importing to Finland can be an effective way to achieve positive development impact in the product’s origin country by developing local expertise and by creating jobs, for example.
Finnpartnership shares information about operators, markets and information sources associated with importing from developing countries as well as companies that are currently importing and exporting. Below, we have compiled a list of operators and services that support importing from developing countries. We recommend that you use this list when planning a project involving importing.
Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking service also for import partners
Finnpartnership conveys business partnership initiatives submitted by companies from developing countries to Finnish companies. By using the free Matchmaking service, companies in developing countries are able to also seek a distributor or representative for their products in Finland. Companies seeking Finnish business partners can register for the service using this link. Finnish companies, in turn, can seek business partners by industry and/or country using the Matchmaking search.
Product-specific import reports
These reports contain useful information on the essential matters for importing the product and general information on the product’s market in Finland.
EC’s Trade Helpdesk (formerly Export Helpdesk)
The European Commission’s Trade Helpdesk service, which is intended for developing countries, offers timely help when planning an import project. It offers information on import duties, rules or origin, taxes and other requirements, among other things. The site also includes import statistics by product.
Exporting to the Nordic Countries guide (2011)
Finnpartnership has published the Exporting to Nordic Countries guide together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida (The Danish International Development Assistance) and the Trade Promotion Programme of the Swedish Chambers of Commerce. The guide covers useful topics for exporters, such as customs fees, EU legislation, product standards and setting prices, in addition to a list of useful links for exporters from developing countries. The guide also includes basic information on the Nordic countries and their markets.
For detailed requirements for importing, you can also contact Customs.
Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto)
Finnish Food Authority investigates and oversees the safety and quality of food in Finland. It provides information on what should be considered when importing foods, animals or plants to Finland.
Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI)
CBI supports export companies in developing countries in accessing the EU market by offering training and support in developing their export potential, helping to identify contacts in companies in the EU region, and by offering information on EU marketing.
Import Promotion Desk (IPD)
IPD offers advisory services, networks and export capability development services for SMB companies in developing countries that are seeking sales channels and new customers in EU markets. IPD is a joint-programme implemented by the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services and the private sector development cooperation association Sequa gGmbH.
The Ministry’s Market Access Unit
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs aims to actively make importing easier and to resolve trade obstacles for products and services from developing countries. The Ministry offers its services to companies and associations. If you have encountered an import trade obstacle and you need further information, contact the Trade Policy Department’s Market Access Unit at the Ministry. The service is for all countries.
ITC Sustainability Map
The International Trade Centre (ITC) has published the Sustainability Map, which is a free online platform. Its goal is to increase the transparency and connectivity of international value chains. The Sustainability Map offers users better operational practices and more comprehensive information on responsibility initiatives and standards. The map can be used for local, regional and international value chains in order to gain a better understanding of responsibility standards, which are relevant to export markets and finding partners. The main beneficiaries of the platform are micro and small and medium-sized companies, in addition to international buyers. In addition, it is beneficial to public sector actors who need to understand how sustainable production and consumption trends affect the competition of their main industries and domestic exporters. The sustainability map consists of four modules; Standards, Networks, Communities and Trends.
More information and the ITC Sustainability Map are available here.
Finnish companies and organisations can apply for financial support through Finnpartnership for import projects that aim to establish sustainable business relationships with operators in developing countries. This allows both development in the target countries and the expansion to new markets by Finnish companies. Business partnership support is not granted for export projects. For more information please visit FAQ and “What kind of import projects from developing countries are supported?”