Trade policy plays an increasingly important role in securing Finnish labour, livelihoods and welfare. Trade policy procedures strengthen Finland's economic competitiveness by influencing the operational environment of Finnish businesses that have established abroad and by ensuring an efficient flow of imports.
Finland's economic success requires further removal of barriers to export and investment and accessible and competition-friendly import policy.
Membership of the European Union has changed the operational environment of Finland's trade policy. Notably, the EU's political negotiating strength has played a significant role in reinforcing Finland's overall position as a trade policy actor.