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Customs clearance into Spain


How to import goods into Spain duty-free
Used household goods and personal effects can be imported duty-free into Spain from outside of the EU if:

  • Owned for a minimum of six months prior to arrival in Spain and customer can prove ownership for this period.

  • Remain in customer's possession for a minimum of one year afterwards.

  • Are imported no later than twelve months after customer has obtained residence in Spain.

  • The shipment arrives no later than three months after the customer.

If Duty-Free import is not granted by Spanish Customs for whatever reason the duties can be quite high. As a guide if the declared value of the goods is set at 4000 Euros the customer can expect to pay 1600 Euros import duty and tax.

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Required documents
This is a brief summary of the documents required by Spanish customs to allow duty-free entry of household goods and personal effects into Spain from outside of the EU:

  • Passport with last entry stamp (original).

  • Spanish identification card (D.N.I.) if Spanish citizen.

  • Residence card or application form.

  • Certificate of domicile (Empadronamiento) obtained from the local Town Hall (original).

  • Rental contract showing a minimum rental of two years or Escritura (Title deed to property).

  • Photocopy of fiscal identification number (N.I.E.).

  • Non-Spanish citizens must obtain a consular leaving certificate at origin.

  • Customs application form for duty-free import.

  • Authorisation form for customs clearing agent.

  • Detailed inventory with itemised valuation of the goods.

  • Purchase invoice for appliances may be necessary.

  • Copy of the Bill of Lading if Express release. Otherwise originals are required and must be signed overleaf.

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Dutiable/Restricted items

  • New items (less than six months old).

  • Tobacco products (except travelers' allowance).

  • Alcoholic beverages (except travelers' allowance).

  • Commercial goods and vehicles.

  • Professional equipment.

Required documents for Vehicle Import

  • Purchase invoice or Certificate of Ownership.

  • Registration.

  • Circulation Permit.

  • Tax receipt.

  • Liability insurance on vehicle must be valid and running.

  • License plates from country of origin.

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Important information
The information contained on this page is being provided for general guidance only and as such Britannia Southern will accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies or outdated information. Customs regulations are complex and subject to change at any time. Britannia Southern cannot be held liable for any costs, damage or delays resulting from this information. Britannia Southern isn't a customs clearing agent, we rely on the knowledge we've acquired over the years from liaising with our clearing agent and the customers.



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