Transport Finland with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Finland. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

Finland is located in Northern Europe and borders Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia. The country has an area of almost 340,000 square kilometres and is best known for its breathtaking nature and many lakes and forests. In terms of gross domestic product per capita, it is one of the strongest economies in the world. 

The country has a strong export economy and benefits from numerous advantages due to its EU membership. Thanks to this economic strength, Finland has been able to invest heavily in domestic infrastructure and build close trade relationships. The main export products consist of machinery, electronics, and chemical products, while the main import products are machinery, automotive parts, and oil products. 

Finland's main trading partners are Germany, Sweden, Russia and China. However, the country also maintains close relations with other countries in Northern and Eastern Europe and North America.

For Finland transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Finland.

Important transport routes Finland and your benefits 

Finland is a sparsely populated Scandinavian country with just over 5 million inhabitants. As a result, the country only has a limited number of centres. However, thanks to government investments, these centres are well connected and allow for fast and safe transport of goods. 

Road transport is of great importance to Finland. The Finnish road network consists of about 100,000 kilometres of roads, of which about 60,000 kilometres are highways. The road network is very well-developed and has direct connections with neighbouring countries Sweden, Norway and Russia. Most major roads run north-south, while the east-west connections are generally less well-developed. The main highways in Finland are the Helsinki-Tampere-Turku, Helsinki-Rovaniemi, and Helsinki-Lahti. These highways connect the largest cities in the country and have good connections to the European road network. But other roads, such as European Route 8, also offer very good connections. 

The Finnish rail transport network is very well-developed and comprises approximately 8,000 kilometres of railway track. There are both regional and transnational connections, operated by the state-owned railway company VR Group. An important part of rail transport in Finland is the transportation of goods, mainly for the transport of timber, paper, steel, and other industrial goods. The country's main rail connections are Helsinki-Turku-Tampere and Helsinki-Riihimäki-Hämeenlinna. In addition, there is a connection to St. Petersburg in Russia and Tallinn in Estonia. Finland's railway network has been modernised and expanded in recent years to enable faster and more efficient transport. Rail transport in Finland is expected to continue to grow, especially with a view to sustainability and climate change. 

Finland has a large number of cargo ports along its coastline, which makes the country extremely suitable for sea freight. The Port of Helsinki is the main port. It is one of the largest ports in Northwest Europe and very important for international transport. Another important cargo port in Finland is the port of Turku, which is located in the southwest of the country and serves as a gateway to the eastern Mediterranean. Northern Finland has the port of Oulu, which serves as an important centre for timber, paper and oil transport. In addition, there are many other cargo ports in Finland that are important for goods transport, including steel, oil, chemicals and agricultural products. We are happy to inform you about which port is best suited for the transport of your goods to and from Finland. 

The main cargo airports in Finland are Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport and Oulu Airport. The country's largest airport (and also one of the largest cargo airports in Europe) is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. It is located south of Helsinki and has a number of cargo terminals used for loading air freight. Oulu Airport is located in Northern Finland and is important for cargo transport, especially for the Scandinavian countries. Both airports have direct connections to other international destinations.

The Finnish national road Valtatie 4, which runs from Helsinki to the Norwegian border | Transport Finland | Seacon Logistics
An aerial view of the Finnish capital Helsinki in the evening, the city is surrounded by the Gulf of Finland | Transport Finland | Seacon Logistics

Important cities for cargo transport in Finland 

Thanks to its direct connection to the Baltic Sea, Finland has ideal conditions for international transport. Moreover, the country has important centres for trade, transport and logistics. We describe the most important ones below. 

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and serves as one of the country's most important logistics centres.The city is located on the southeast coast of Finland, in the Gulf of Finland, and is surrounded by numerous waterways. Helsinki has Finland's largest seaport and several cargo ports for overseas and domestic (short sea) shipping. The city is also the centre of Finnish rail transport and has important railway stations, from which freight traffic to all parts of the country is handled. Furthermore, the city is located in an important air cargo hub. Helsinki's favourable location and excellent transport connections make it an important location for businesses. 

The city of Tampere is another important industrial location. It is mainly known for the textile industry, metal industry and service sector. The city is the third largest city in the country and has a well-developed port on Lake Näsijärvi, which is used for the transportation of goods. Tampere is well connected by the Finnish rail network and has an airport used for cargo transport. An important highway runs through Tampere, connecting Helsinki and Turku. 

The city of Oulu is located in the north of the country on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia (an extension of the Baltic Sea). The fifth largest city in Finland is an important centre for technology and innovation, and is home to several universities and companies in these industries. Due to its proximity to Sweden and Norway, Oulu is an important hub for Nordic trade and goods transport. The port of Oulu is Finland's largest inland port and is mainly used for the transport of steel, paper, and wood products. The city also has an airport, making it extremely suitable for intermodal transport.

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Finland. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Finland:

  • Groupage transport to Finland
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Finland
Aerial view of the Finnish city of Oulu in the sun | Transport Finland | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Finland - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Finland - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Loading special transport onto a truck. | Seacon Logistics

Special transport Finland 

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Finland. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Finland to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Finland: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South-America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Finland to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Finland

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Finland arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Finland

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

To ensure the maintenance and further development of the transport network, the Finnish government has set strict rules for goods transport. Below are some important guidelines to keep in mind: 

  • Customs regulations: Finland is a member of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). Therefore, there are no customs duties for the transport of goods within these regions. For transports outside these regions, certain customs regulations are required. Also, note any bilateral agreements between Finland and third countries. We can assist you with this. 
  • Driving bans: There is no known general driving ban in Finland on public holidays or Sundays, but there are restrictions on goods transport in certain regions. However, there are exceptions for certain deliveries, such as the transport of foodstuffs and other urgently needed goods. 
  • Toll: There is no general toll on the highways. This applies to both trucks and cars. Some ferries do charge a toll for the crossing. 
  • Special climate: Due to Finland's geographical location, there are special challenges in some regions when it comes to transporting goods. Please inquire about possible restrictions or delays due to snow, ice, and other weather conditions, especially in winter. 

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Finland, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

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