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The last ship to arrive from Germany to Finland was either S/S Gottfried which arrived 3rd of September 1944 or S/S Otto H. which arrived 6th of September 1944. While S/S Gottfried's cargo is listed as the last one (as shipment number 80) in reports, the shipping manifesto of S/S Otto H. is also in archives - suggesting that it may have succeeded getting to Finland. Germany stopped further deliveries by stopping ships heading from its ports to Finland in 1st of September. Probably the most important of these ships that had already been loaded, but stopped from leaving, was S/S Najaden whose main cargo was 8 PzKw IVJ tanks and 8 Ford trucks. Materials already cleared for delivery to Finland, but not yet loaded on any ship when this happened, included 15 Stüg IIIG assault guns, 2,574 infantry rifles and 15,000 pcs of 155-mm artillery shells for howitzers.Typo: February 1944 not 1945, since Finland sued for peace with the USSR in September 1944. Arms deliveries from Germany would have had to come before then, likely May June 1944 not "in late 1944."
As for where the Germans would have sold SVT's, DP's and DT's - all I can say is that that with 100% certainty they did not get to Finland. Our archives include delivery lists, shipping manifestos, billing documents and reports - and none of these weapons appear in any of them.
The 56,722 rifles that Finland bought cost 30 reichmarks/pcs and they had not yet been paid by the time the co-operation ended.