Mobile and periodic sellers

Finnish first destination operators who import foodstuffs of animal origin to Finland from the European Single Market and who have movable food premises and/or whose operations are of a periodic nature (also known as mobile and/or periodic sellers) are subject to the same requirements as permanent Finnish first destination operators. The requirements for foreign first destination operators who have movable food premises differ from those applicable to Finnish operators in a few details. The differences in requirements concern notifications to food control authorities and a fixed first destination.

The duty to declare first destination operations applies to all first destination operators

All commercial imports of animal-originated foodstuffs from European Single Market countries (EU member states and countries with special agreements) are subject to first destination control. All Finnish and foreign first destination operators must register with the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto). A notification of starting operations (registration) must be submitted at least 14 days before the start of the first destination operations (Section 23 of the Food Act). A notification must also be submitted in case of a substantial change or termination of operations. An operator’s notification form for starting operations, making substantial changes or terminating operations can be found on our website. It is advisable to keep a copy of the notification form submitted to Finnish Food Authority at any movable sales point, to be presented to the food control authorities as necessary.

Finnish mobile sellers

All Finnish first destination operators (receiving first destination operators) must have a fixed first destination (food premises) where animal-originated foodstuffs subject to first destination control are initially received or where such foodstuffs are received from an intermediate storage facility in the form of undivided import consignments after storage of less than 48 hours (Section 6 of the Food Act and Section 4 of the Decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on First Destination Operations, 118/2006 ).

A notification of fixed food premises used as a first destination must be made to the food control authority in the municipality where the food premises are located. The notification must be submitted four (4) weeks before beginning the operations or any substantial changes in them (Sections 13 and 14 of the Food Act). In addition, Finnish Food Authority shall be notified of the first destination using a designated form (see the previous paragraph). Contact information for municipal food control authorities can be found on our website.

The handling and sales of animal-originated foodstuffs subject to first destination control in movable food premises shall comply with all of the requirements in Finnish Food Authority outdoor sales guidelines (guideline 16022/5, see link on the right).  A notification of movable food premises must be made to the food control authority in the municipality where the movable food premises are to be taken into use or, if a substantial change is made in the operations, to the same authority that has been previously notified. The notification must be submitted four (4) weeks before starting operations or making substantial changes. Finnish mobile sellers must submit a notification of their arrival to the local food control authority in whose territory the products will be sold. The control authority must receive the information at least four (4) business days before sales can begin. There is a link to further information about notification of movable food premises on the right side of this page.

All Finnish first destination operators receiving animal-originated foodstuffs in the European Single Market must submit a monthly summary to Finnish Food Authority, declaring all animal-originated foodstuffs imported to Finland from the Single Market during the previous month. Link to the monthly declaration form.

Foreign mobile sellers

Foreign mobile first destination operators are no longer required to have a fixed first destination (fixed food premises) in Finland. However, a notification of movable food premises must always be submitted in Finland (if operations in Finland are of a permanent nature) or in another EU member state. Foreign mobile first destination operators need not submit monthly declarations to Finnish Food Authority.  A notification of starting first destination operations must be submitted to Finnish Food Authority. A link to the form.

Foreign movable first destination operators whose operations are periodic or temporary (no more than 6 months per year) need not submit a notification of food premises in Finland, provided that the operator has submitted a notification of food premises to the control authority of another EU member state. If a notification of food premises has not been submitted before entering Finland, it must be submitted to the municipality in whose territory the operations are started (Section 14(1) of the Food Act). A notification of food premises must also be submitted if operations in Finland are permanent or continuous (more than 6 months per year). A copy of the notification of food premises submitted in the operator’s home country and the most recent control report should be kept at the sales point, to be presented to the food control authorities as necessary. Contact information for municipal food authorities (in finnish)

Foreign mobile first destination operators are recommended to inform the local food control authority in advance before starting sales. It is recommended that in connection with providing this information, the operator should submit the notification of food premises made in its home country to the local food control authority.