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Spain - Customs and Import Duties
Those who are bringing more than €6010.12 into the country need to declare the amount when they arrive. Those who are over the age of 18 are permitted to carry at most 200 cigarettes, 100 small cigars, 50 standard sized cigars or 250g of tobacco. Alcohol is limited to one litre of a spirit which has an alcoholic content of more than 22° and 2 litres if the alcoholic content is less than this.
It is necessary to confirm that all items are at least than six months old and all household appliances should be listed with the make, model and serial number for reference. If you have the original receipts for these items then you should also take those with you. If the documentation is not correct then you may be charged import duty and there will be delays while the shipment is cleared. Further delays in obtaining the correct paperwork mean that the goods could be auctioned off if the matter is still pending after a month.
A shipment cannot be cleared until all the paperwork is in order. There are no duties if the customer declares that they will be keeping their possessions for a minimum of one year after arrival in Spain and importation must take place within 12 months of obtaining residency status. The shipment should arrive within the first 3 months of your residency. If you need the shipment to arrive later you will need to make an application for a special permit, for which a charge will be incurred.
Restrictions are in place on items which are less than 6 months old, firearms, antiques and artworks. Items such as cleaning fluids and paint cannot be shipped into Spain. Permits are required for firearms and ammunition and these need to be issued by the Spanish police. The permits should be applied for before attempting to take the items into Spain.
Duty is payable on items which are being shipped to Spain from outside the EU. The amount is based on the value of the goods. Some items, such as books, do not incur duty, so are rated 0%. Other items, such as boots, can have a duty rate of up to 17%. There is often an additional charge for items which have been manufactured in certain countries. VAT is applied at 18% for most items although some are rated as low as 4%.
For those who are shipping many items such as the contents of a house, it is advisable to use the services of an import agent who can deal with all the paperwork and duty calculations on your behalf and many expats have chosen to do this as the system of duties can be fairly complicated.
Spanish Customs Department
Tel: + 34 901 33 55 33
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