As the fifth largest country within the European Union, Finland exports $4.0 billion worth of goods to the United States each year. Though Finland primarily imports goods and services from other countries for themselves, there is certainly a robust and lively export market. E.U. trading makes up about 60 percent of Finland’s total exports, with the largest recipient being Germany and Sweden. Combined two-way trading of goods and services between the US and Finland totaled about $12 billion in 2018.
Those looking to export food from Finland into the United States must comply with U.S. laws and customs. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has stipulated a specific set of rules and customs for Finnish imports, including a salmonella test, and a particular duty of Helsinki’s customs laboratory to inspect each lot of food before it is offered for export. This is just one of several specific regulations to keep in mind.
In order for Finnish exporters to successfully enter the U.S. market, you need an FDA required PCQI on your team: a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual who can oversee food safety compliance as your food lots are being prepared. The PCQI ensures safety and compliance every step of the way—from product manufacturing to the final check before export. As a member of the European Union, there are some harmonized products, meaning that they are under the same standard of review across the European Union. However, there are also non-harmonized products, which means that the import of certain goods is entirely prohibited. These goods include lamb, equine meat, mutton, and any poultry meat products.