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importing food from Europe

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importing food from Europe

We are flying from Italy to Helsinki and would like to bring some food (like cheese in vaccuum packaging, tuna fish cans, cereals all in the original packaging, etc).

Do we have to declare the stuff? Any problems at the customs or they do not check and food is allowed?

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1. Re: importing food from Europe

Italy and Finland are both in the EU and Schengen zone, so there are no customs checks. Just pack the food in your check-in luggage as some items containing liquids may possibly be an issue at security control if it's in your carry-on.

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2. Re: importing food from Europe

Tuna fish is cheap in Finnish supermarkets.

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3. Re: importing food from Europe

Yes, tinned tuna tends to be cheaper here than in Italy, so I see no point in hauling it over.

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4. Re: importing food from Europe

Parma ham, Italian speciality cheese and salami are the only things I could imagine to bring from Italy. Certainly no tuna in cans. Maybe fresh, but then the there are other related problems.

All international labels are well represented in Finland. Kellog's cereals don't make any point in carrying from Italy.

But basically you can bring anything you are allowed to transport on the plane. No customs inside the EU.

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