Export instructions for foreign customer and costs

Export instructions for foreign customer

1. Documents that you must provide to get firearms to destination country
– Import permission from authorities of the destination country (countries outside EU region)
– Prior informed consent from authorities of the destination country (countries inside EU region)
– End-user certificate (EUC2) in all cases. The official stamp and signature of the authority of the destination country are found on page two of the EUC2 document. This document proofs that the end-user is certified and competent to handle and possess firearms listed on the end-user certificate.
– Copy of the end-user passport.
– Copy of the invoice/invoices containing the products
– All the original (no copies) documents must be delivered by post in one envelope at once. NOT by email or by any other means. NOT in several envelopes at different times. – Every export/transfer permit is processed individually by Finnish authorities. It’s NOT possible to merge several permits on one application.

2. Costs
Every application is charged under tariff defined by Finnish authorities.

Tariff 2021:
– Commercial export permit (outside EU region) 135 €
– Commercial export permit (inside EU region) 40 €
– Export/transfer permit granted by Finnish Ministry of Defense 150 €
– Transfer permit for private individual 35 € per item + 36 € per transfer permit The Arms Historic Society of Finland tariff for handling and packing costs
– Packing and handling 5 € per item, however minimum of 50 € per delivery.
– Wooden packing box (500x350x1420mm) 90 € VAT 0%
– Other packing materials or special requests are charged case by case.

Export instructions for foreign customer

New Year greetings from the new Chairman – Pasi Kesäniemi

New Year greetings from the new Chairman

We all have experienced in many ways an exceptional year. The Arms Historic Society of Finland
changed the Chairman at the turn of the year. This event doesn’t include any drama as such, but is more like a roll of duties.

As I was born in the 70’s I’m very young compared to the average aged arms collector. Besides of being an arms collector I also practice all kinds of shooting and hunting. Lately I have been responsible for the shooting competitions of SAHS and have become familiar with many either then or otherwise on the shooting range.
I don’t know everything, but I don’t need to, as Esa will continue as well as the rest of the knowledgeable board.

The activities will continue as before if the circumstances allows for it. Auctions, shooting days & competitions, Gun Show and so forth. More of my thoughts will be relieved in the Chairmans column in the February issue of the Ase magazine.

ps The price of weapons permit will remain the same in 2021. Because of Covid-19 the number of passports admitted during last year decreased and this year the price has been raised by 7 €. Let us keep the permit fiscals busy not to allow the permit prices to rise even further! SAHS works actively on making the prices for weapons permits reasonable.

A pleasurable and safe New Year,
Pasi Kesäniemi
Arms Historic Society of Finland

Honorary president Heikki Pohjolainen into arms historic Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Arms historic Hall of Fame is a honorary gallery founded by the Arms Historic Society of Finland. It’s a tribute by Finnish arms collectors to individuals who has made an exceptional contribution to preserve and develop arms history. The first person selected for the arms historic Hall of Fame was announced on the 80th birthday of the honorary president of Arms Historic Society of Finland Heikki Pohjolainen, on the 17th of December, 2020.

#1 – Heikki Pohjolainen
Born 1940
Honorary President and founding member of the Arms Historic Society of Finland
Most internationally renowned Finnish arms collector
An influencer and a recorder of the past
Founder in the lobbying organization for arms historics FESAC (Foundation for European Societies of Arms Collectors)

Heikki Pohjolainen is the pioneer of arms collecting who participated in founding the Arms Historic Society of Finland and its rules on the 13th of July 1965. He is the only founding member of the society still alive. It’s the merit of him and the Arms Historic Society of Finland that the arms history of Finland has been preserved. “When the artifacts of WWII where about to be destroyed during 1970-80, the society influenced to the extent that as a result the material was sold to collectors instead. Finland is one of the countries where the artifacts of WWII have been best preserved. Many larger countries have destroyed their history almost completely”, Pohjolainen informs.

Heikki has influenced all changes in arms jurisdiction and represented the collectors community. In the renewal in 1998 he played a major role  in progressing sensible procedures. He invented the idea that makes it possible to hand over arms to the police without any sanctions.

Pohjolainen also participated in establishing FESAC, the foundation governing the interests of European arms collectors. The foundation has been in a significant position for governing the interests of arms collectors in lobbying in the European Union.  

He has a private museum where representatives of the authorities or the defense can visit on invitation.

The members and the board of the Arms Historic Society of Finland as well as arms collectors of Finland congratulates Heikki.



The Honorary Chairman of SAHS Heikki Pohjolainen, is still one of Europes most active and well-known arms collector.

SAHS’s honorary chairman Heikki Pohjolainen and Lars-Yngve Ekström from the Swedish sister organisation Svenska Vapenstiftelsen, signed FESAC:s (European Arms Collectors Organisations Society) constitution, exactly 25 years ago together with representatives from six other countries, at Hotel de l’Empereur in Maastricht.

These two gentlemen are stil among the most well-known European arms collectors.

Lars-Yngve Ekström in Ikaalinen at a meeting for Nordic collectors organisations on the 31.8.2018.