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Basic guide to importing to Spain

Spain’s economy stands out in the Euro Zone and thus represents an excellent option for doing business and establishing commercial relations with the rest of the world. Have you ever thought about importing products to Spain? Read on and find out about the requirements needed to start the process.

Requirements to import to Spain

From EU countries

If you wish to import from European Union (EU) countries, you will have no major inconvenience, since the regulations to comply with are the same as if you were acquiring the products from any Spanish province.

From non-EU countries

If you wish to import goods from any other country that is not part of the European Union, it is essential that you comply with the following requirements:

Certificate of Origin

This is a document that is required to prove the country of origin in which the product to be imported was produced.

Commercial Invoice

This is a document that specifies the details of the commercial transaction, and is issued by the company that distributes the product to the importer.

Packing list

It refers to the list of products that are imported and must specify details such as:

  • Type of goods

  • Quantity

  • Weight and volume

  • Date of loading

  • Shipper and receiver details

Bill of lading (BL)

This is a document issued by the carrier (air or sea) that shows that the goods have been received on board.

EORI Number

This is an identification number issued by the customs authorities to identify the operator who is carrying out the import.

European Community (EC) Stamp

Its main function is to guarantee that you are allowed to enter European territory.


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Most imported products to Spain

Are you thinking of importing to Spain, but you can’t decide on a specific product? Here are the most demanded options:

  • Fuels and mineral oils

  • Vehicles

  • Mechanical devices

  • Pharmaceutical products

  • Plastic materials

  • Chemical products


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Prohibited products to be imported into Spain

On the other hand, Spanish laws prohibit the importation of certain items such as:

  • Drugs or narcotic substances

  • Firearms, firearms parts or self-defense sprays

  • Animals and plants in danger of extinction

  • Diamonds and precious stones

  • Pornography


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Customs duties in Spain

In order to successfully complete the import process in Spain it is important that you comply with the payment of Value Added Tax (VAT).

The corresponding VAT rate is applied based on the type of product to be imported. In general, it is usually 21% on the value of the product, and in some occasions it can be reduced to a reduced VAT of 10%, or super-reduced of 4%.


If you are considering importing into Spanish territory, it is essential that you take into account the existing regulations to carry out this procedure and that you seek advice from real experts in taxation to clear up any doubts you may have.

Therefore, today we invite you to consult our website: TAS Consultoría, and get in touch with our team to ensure that your process complies with each of the requirements demanded by the authorities.


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