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Import Documentation

A certificate of origin is not required for the import clearance of textiles.

The country or territory of origin must be stated on the invoice for each invoice line. If the customs authorities doubt the correctness of the declared country or territory of origin they may request an additional proof which might be a certificate of origin.

The Certificate of Origin must meet the following customs stipulations:

  • Must be an original form.
  • Must be issued and originally signed by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Must contain a seal or watermark in the paper.
  • Must provide a detailed description of the goods. General descriptions of goods, such as clothes or garments will not be accepted.
A monitoring system has been implemented for textiles with the origin of China. Depending on the harmonized tariff code, the importer must provide an Import License. The application of the import license is based on an original Chinese export license. For detailed information, please contact your local Chamber of Commerce.
Declaration of Conformity (CE marking)
The European Community require certain standards on product safety for certain types of goods. The range of products covered by the directives must comply with the applicable directives when it is placed on the community market for the first time or put into use. Placing on the market in the meaning of the directives is the action of making a product available for the first time, either for payment or free of charge. 'Putting into service' takes place at the moment of first use within the Community by the end user (for example, produced for own use of the importer).

Range of products
The most important products are toys, in-vitro diagnostic medical devices, medical devices, machinery, low voltage equipment, safety devices (for example, helmets), exhaust systems and electromagnetic compatibility.For a full overview please see the EU website:

http://www.newapproach.org/Directives/DirectiveList.asp

Responsibilities
Manufacturers are defined as the persons responsible for designing and manufacturing products supposed to be placed on the EU market. The manufacturer has an obligation to ensure that a product intended to be placed on the Community market is designed and manufactured, and it's conformity assessed, to the essential requirements in accordance with the provisions of the directives. The manufacturer may appoint any natural or legal person, established in the European Union, to act on his behalf as an authorized representative.

The authorized representative may be addressed by the authorities of the member states in regard to the manufacturer's obligations.

The importer is defined as any legal or natural person responsible for placing products on the EU market. He is responsible to provide the market surveillance authority with the necessary information about the safety of the product and a copy of the Declaration of Conformity (DoC). If the manufacturer is established in the EU or has a so called authorized representative it is his obligation to provide the necessary information.

Conformity Assessment Procedure
Goods subject to the regulations on product safety need to be tested according to the rules applying for each group of products. Manufacturers have to draw up an EC declaration of conformity which is the first step of the conformity assessment procedure. The declaration of conformity has to include technical information containing the way of testing and the steps to be taken to obtain the attestation of conformity. The way of testing and steps to be taken depends on the type of product. If the testing was successful the producer is allowed to apply the so called 'CE sign' on the product or where this is not applicable (for example, surgical instruments) at the retail package or on a "Declaration of Conformity" certificate.

The "Declaration of Conformity" has to be issued by a notified body certified by a member state of the European Union.

Notified Body
A notified body is an organization certified by the national government to carry out the tasks of the conformity assessment procedures. They can offer their service to any economic operator inside and outside the European Community. They can carry out the tests or monitor the tests carried out by the manufacturer. They can carry out these activities inside the EU or on the territory of third countries or territories.

Information about notified bodies and notified bodies itself can be found on the EU website:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando

For additional information, please also refer to "Product Safety".

Customs may require an import license for certain products from certain countries or territories, depending on the harmonized tariff code.

The importer must obtain the import license. An original export license from the exporter of the country or territory of origin might be necessary to obtain the import license.

The requirement of an import license is dependent on the country or territory of origin of the goods not the country or territory of export. For further detailed information it is highly recommended to contact your chamber of commerce.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Market Surveillance
Market Surveillance is organized and performed at national level. Each member state of the European Union (EU) is responsible for surveillance activities on its territory. Customs authorities are usually part of the market surveillance activities.

On customs request the "Declaration of Conformity" has to be provided by the shipper, the manufacturer or his assigned representative in the EU or the importer.

Declaration of Conformity
The Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a document in which the manufacturer, or his authorized representative within the EU, indicates that the product meets all the necessary requirements of the directives applicable for the specific product. The DoC shall contain the name and the address of the manufacturer along with information about the product (for example, brand and serial number). The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorized representative.

On request the manufacturer or his authorized representative within the EU must provide the DoC. In case the manufacturer is not an EU entity and has no authorized representative, the importer must be able to provide a copy of the DoC and additional proofs if requested.

National Requirements
For some commodities the conformity with the product safety regulations must be declared by the importer within the customs declaration. The DoC is required as a valid proof for the safety of the products and their compliance with the directives.

These commodities are:

  • toys
  • shoes
  • underwear
  • clothes
  • any specific electronical components
  • some tariff codes for furniture.

Customs inspector can do exceptions for individuals.

Spot checks are carried out. If no CE marking is found, shipments are either RTS'd. or abandoned.

Customs procedure time is 1-3 weeks. Random spot checks are carried out.If no CE marking is found and no declaration of conformity can be presented to customs,the goods must be RTSd or abandoned.Customs procedure time is 2 weeks.

Export Documentation

No Information found on this topic for the selected country or territory.

Clearance Information

Customs Declarations in Spain must be made within 20 days after the shipment arrival. In order to not exceed the time-limit, UPS reserves the right to return uncleared shipments automatically if and when a shipper fails to advise/instruct within the appointed time (first 17 days after shipment arrival) through the ERN.
UPS Worldwide Express service (both import and export) is the only service offered for Canary Islands. Billing options available to Canary Islands are:
  • Prepaid (P/P)
  • Freight Collect (F/C)
  • Free Domicile (F/D) (when the shipper has arranged authorization on a UPS account with Spain-see Operational Information for more details)
  • Cost and Freight (C&F)

    All consignees in the Canary Islands must be registered tax payers with local authorities.

    Invoices for all non document shipments are mandatory.

    For shipments to Canary Islands,when the value is up to 22 Euros or 10 kgs (including documents), the shipment must be cleared as dutiable with import duty and VAT charges.

    The only exceptions to this relate to:

    Letters or Express packs with documents inside.

    Shipments to Private Individuals (if value dosen't exceed 22 EUR). If customer presents a T2FL, shipments will incur import taxes and Cuatoms Clearance import fee.

  • Shipments from countries or territories of the European Union to Ceuta and Melilla are considered to be export shipments because Ceuta and Melilla do not belong to the customs territory of the European Union. They require a formal Export-Declaration in order to clear customs if the value exceeds the national threshold for providing formal export declarations.
    Shipments between countries or territories of the European Union no invoice and no customs clearance is needed if all goods are in free circulation. Goods subject to excise duty like alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not in free circulation from a tax point of view. They can only be sent under a contract for International Special Commodities (ISC). The exporter is responsible to accompany the necessary documentation to the package and ensure the payment of excise duty in the destination country or territory prior to departure.

    Goods not in free circulation within the EU, usually coming out of a bonded warehouse, must be accompanied by an invoice and a 'Transit Accompanying Document' (TAD). Goods not in free circulation can only be forwarded with express service levels. The shipper is responsible for marking the goods as 'not in free circulation' within the shipping software or on the air waybill.

    Shipments to Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands are not in free circulation. They need an export clearance according to the export regulations of the export country or territory. They need an import clearance in these areas. The Canary Islands belong to the customs area of the EU and goods in free circulation within the EU can be cleared without duty payments if the 'community status' of the goods can be proven. The T2FL or T2L is the regular document to proof that the goods are in free circulation.

    Ceuta and Melilla don't belong to the customs area of the EU. No duty relief applies based on the community status of the goods. Free trade agreements are in place between the EU and Ceuta and Melilla. With the appropriated preferential proofs an import without duty payments are possible for goods originated in the EU.

    Upon shipments arrival, the consignee is contacted to get his import VAT ID number and to clarify any open issues. The VAT ID number is mandatory for customs clearance in Spain. Non-resident importers in Spain must provide a legible copy of their passport to customs as a replacement for the missing (Spanish) VAT ID number.

    Spanish Customs Declarations must be made within 20 days after the shipment arrives in Spain. UPS automatically returns the shipment at the shipper's expense if the declaration is not made by the deadline.

    Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
    Shipments that will be sent to non-resident persons who stay in a hotel, etc. should be accompanied by an invoice that lists the consignee's phone or mobile number and a copy of their passport, showing the passport number and nationality.
    Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight but not for import charges. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

    Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Areas Served

    Service is provided to and from certain cities.

    Pick ups and deliveries for Formentera are carried out on Thursdays.

    Two additional days are required to normal transit times for the cities of Ceuta and Melilla. They are not part of the European Union Customs Territory.

    Canary Islands export service is restricted to contractual set up. Only Express Saver service is available to Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla. No pickup service in Ceuta and Melilla.

    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
    Spring +0200/ Fall +0100
    Spanish
    European Monetary Unit (Euro)(EUR)

    Billing Options

    • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
    • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
    • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
      • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
    • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

    Canary Islands

    UPS Worldwide Express Saver (both import and export) is the only service offered for Canary Islands.

    Billing options available to Canary Islands are:

    • Prepaid (P/P)
    • Freight Collect (F/C)
    • Free Domicile (F/D)
    • Cost and Freight (C&F)
    • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
    • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
    • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

    Commodity Specific Stipulations

    There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Spain. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

    Please see "Food Supplements".
    Please see "Animal Products".
    All food items shipped to Spain require a Sanitary inspection previous to customs clearance. Sanitary inspection requests the following documents:

    • Registration number of the importer at the Ministry of Health
    • Registration number of the importers warehouse facilities at the Ministry of Health
    • Certificate of analysis (with lot numbers and other identification mark) provided by the producer
    • Original letter from importer stating the intended use of the product

    Individuals cannot import food products. These shipments will be refused entry and abandoned, destroyed or returned to the country or territory of export. Refused shipments may be subject to return charge.

    Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs (for example tea with origin China) imported from certain third countries or territories are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

    The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

    The customs office responsible for our import sites are not defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE can't be imported with UPS.

    Customs classifies certain food supplements as medicine, especially vitamins and other products with physiological effects. Food supplements classified as medicine can not be imported without an import license.

    Only authorized importers are allowed to import medicine. The importer has to provide an import permit issued by the Ministry of Health. The medicine must be registered in Spain, otherwise the importation will not be allowed. If the importer cannot provide an import license, then the goods will be returned to the shipper.

    Private individuals cannot import medicine unless they can provide a medical prescription from a doctor and a special authorization from the Ministry of Health issued for the respective shipment. The documents are required prior to importation . If the private consignee cannot provide a prescription, the goods will be returned to the shipper.

    A sanitary inspection may apply causing an import delay. Brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

    Data shipments to Spain require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
    Medical devices (for example, used for dental or medical treatment) regardless of the value, require the following:

    • Registration number of the importer's warehouse facilities at the Ministry of Health-Sanitary Department
    • Declaration of Conformity provided by the shipper
    • EC Certificate of Conformity provided by the shipper
    • Original letter from importer stating the intended use of the product

    A Health or Pharmacy Inspection may apply. Accessorial charges may apply.

    Only authorized companies, such as pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, etc., can import medicine and an Import License is required from the Spanish Ministry of Health. The medicine must be registered in Spain, otherwise importation is not allowed. For each import clearance of medicine shipments, Customs requires a single import authorization.

    Special regulations exist for human and animal derived products.The importer must obtain a special kind of import permit from the Ministry of Health in Spain.

    Private individuals cannot import medicine, unless they can provide a medical prescription from a doctor and a special authorization from the Ministry of Health issued for the respective shipment. The documents are required prior to importation. If the private consignee cannot provide a prescription, the goods will be returned to the shipper.

    A sanitary inspection may apply and could cause an import delay. Brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

    Please see food supplements.
    The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine for which the part will be used, and a list of the part's components.
    In order to clear sample shipments duty & tax free, the total invoice value may not exceed 22.00 Euro and the total weight of the shipment may not exceed 9 kg.

    It is always the decision of customs to allow the entry as a sample shipment, duty and tax free. The invoice must include a description of the sample.

    In order to avoid wrong customs declarations at import, it is mandatory that the exporter provide very detailed information about the shoes (for example, what kind of leather, what material used for soles and uppers, what kind of shoes (sport shoes, sandals, boots), who is to wear the shoes (children, women, men).
    Most of modern test reagents for diagnostic research are built on antibodies which are generated from animal tissue. There are two types of antibodies, the monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antibodies.

    Monoclonal antibodies are generated in vitro. Tissue from animals are taken (e.g. blood) and infected with certain substances or pathogens. The blood cells react with the production of antibodies which are than harvested and used for the production of the test kits. Due to the in vitro production and the controlled way of production those types of test kits are not subject to veterinarian control if it is a commercial production.

    Polyclonal antibodies are gained from living animals like rabbits. They are infected with the substances / pathogens and the animals are producing antibodies. The antibodies are harvested from the blood stream of the animals. Test reagents with polyclonal antibodies are subject to vet inspections.

    Shipment documents (commercial invoice or declaration on letterhead) should include:

     the place of origin of the material

     the quantity of the material, in weight or volume

     a description of the material/ animal source

     catalogue number and price (if available)

     additives (e.g., sodium azide, glycerol), their source (e.g., whole serum, supernatant, ascites), and purification, if any.

     protocols  the recommended protocol or datasheet indicating any unique fixation, detergent, blocking, or incubation conditions.

     the intended use (commercial/ manufacturing; research/ testing)

     the name and address of the shipper

     the name and address of the receiver

    Commercially packaged, ready-to-use In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) containing products of animal of origin, do not require a Vet-inspection, if compliant with Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. A declaration of conformity (CE-marking) must be provided for each individual commodity (e.g. reagents, test kits, immunosorbent assays such as ELISA kits.

    A certificate of origin is not required for the import clearance of textiles. The need of a certificate of origin for the import clearance was reversed on October 24, 2011.

    The country or territory of origin must be stated on the invoice for each invoice line. If the customs authorities doubt the correctness of the declared country or territory of origin they may request an additional proof which might be a certificate of origin.

    Customs may require an import license for certain products from certain countries or territories, depending on the harmonized tariff code. The importer must obtain the import license. An original export license from the exporter of the country or territory of origin might be necessary to obtain the import license. The requirement of an import license is dependent on the country or territory of origin of the goods, not the country or territory of export. For further detailed information it is highly recommended to contact your chamber of commerce.

    If the import license cannot be provided by the importer, the textiles must be returned or abandoned. It is always the decision of customs to allow the entry as a sample shipment, duty and tax free. The invoice must include a description of the sample.

    All veterinary products, such as surgical and hospital instruments or dental instruments do not require any additional documentation provided by the shipper. The importer has to provide a letter that confirms the intended use of the goods.
    Please see food supplements.
    Approved Mail Box Etc. centers at this origin are allowed to send shipments of wine to the destination selected. Shipments are to contain wine made from grapes. The types allowed include still, effervescent, sparkling and fortified wines, and other fermented beverages like hard cider, rice wine (sake) and prune wine. Business to consumer shipments are allowed only for intra-EU shipments, for testing, tasting and for sale.

    Gift Exemptions

    45.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) EUR
    individual-to-individual
    per person

    Shipments with a value up to 45 Euros.There are no gift exemptions for tobacco products, alcohol, perfume and cosmetics.

    In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes, if applicable. Write the name and address of the gift giver on the invoice.

    Gift shipments exceeding 5 kgs (11 lbs.) may be rejected by Customs.

    If the value of the shipment exceeds the threshold, the shipment is cleared as dutiable with import duty and VAT charges.

    Invoice Requirements

    An invoice is not required for shipments between European Union Countries or Territories, as long as the goods are in free circulation. Goods not in free circulation are goods which originated outside the EU and have not yet cleared Customs inside the EU. These goods require a 'Transit Accompanying Document' (TAD) also know as T1 Document. The T1 status must be clearly indicated within the shipment data transferred to the UPS system or on the waybill.

    For additional information please see 'Clearance Comments' in section 'Additional Clearance Comments'.

    Goods that are transported from one EU member state to another via an EFTA (European Free Trade Association) member country or territory require a T2 Document and clearance.

    Shipments destinated to the Canary Islands,Ceuta and Melilla require an invoice.Ceuta and Melilla belong to Spain but are not part of the EU customs area. The Canary Islands belong to Spain and to the EU customs area but are not part of the EU tax area. The postal codes are 38xxx (Tenerife), 35xxx (Gran Canary), 51xxx (Ceuta) and 52xxx (Melilla).

    UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory classifies the following items as document shipments. The items must have no commercial value. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to classify as a document shipment.

    To prove the document character of a shipment, an invoice is required for shipments above 3 kg. If there is no invoice attached to the shipment the importer has to provide a statement that confirms the document character.

    For shipments to Ceuta and Melilla- Only letters are accepted without invoices. For the rest of shipments and for all weights invoice is required.

    For shipments to Canary islands - document limit is 10 kg. Less than 10 kg, no invoice is required.

    Validated airline tickets only
    Must be for shareholders or for intercompany use only.
    Must be for intercompany use or a bid invitation (such as architectural plans to obtain a contract inside the European Union) and have no commercial value.
    Must be non-commercial brochures or for intercompany use only.
    Document limit: up to 15 business cards
    Must be personalized checks
    Personalized credit cards
    Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents up to a limit of 10 kgs per shipment.

    Event tickets coming from a printing company and send to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.

    Document Limit-10 Kgs
    Must be personalized to be considered documents.
    Non-personalized greeting cards and invitations are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
    The number of manuals must be appropriate for the purpose
    Must be negatives, slides, or printing films being sent to press or publishing agencies.
    If the value includes press or editorial charges, the items are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
    Document: intercompany shipments for intercompany use with no commercial value
    Non-document: shipments from a publisher or printing company
    Must be for non-commercial purposes
    Must be personalized stationery and have no commercial value. The amount (number of pieces) must be appropriate for non-commercial use.
    Must be personalized to be considered documents.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Spain.

    Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty payments in the country or territory of consumption within the EU. The shipper is responsible to comply with the regulation on goods subject to excise duty. They have to provide the necessary accompanying documents showing that excise duty has been paid in the destination country or territory or that the payment of the excise duty has been guaranteed by him or his customer. Shipments send to business need to be accompanied by simplified accompanying documents. The business consignee has to present the documents to the responsible tax office to get them stamped after paying the excise duty of the country or territory of consumption. The stamped document serves as a proof to get the excise duty refunded the shipper paid in the country or territory of dispatch.

    Shippers selling to private individuals (so called distance selling) are responsible for paying the excise duty of the country or territory of consumption prior to arrival or guarantee the payment via his fiscal representative in the country or territory of consumption. The shipper has to provide paperwork like a pro forma invoice or a transport document, proofing the tax registration of the shipper in the country or territory of consumption.

    UPS offers the shipping of alcoholic beverages between EU countries or territories under a contract for International Special Commodities. The UPS service covers only the transportation. Accepted goods are all kinds of alcohol with less than 70% volume alcohol content and stored in bottles or other containers with a capacity of 5 litres or less. Alcoholic beverages coming from a bonded warehouse or a freezone which are not in free circulation within the EU are excluded from this service.

    UPS offers the transport service for shipments between two EU countries or territories to all EU countries or territories excluding Finland & Sweden and any areas that are part of the EU customs area but not part of the EU common system of Value Added Tax (VAT).

    The service is offered for domestic shipments within the following countries or territories: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and UK.

    Alcoholic Beverages shipped under excise duty suspension regime are also transported but with further restrictions regarding the Geographical coverage. Shipments under excise duty suspension within or from Latvia and Malta are exempt from the service offer.

    Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    Cosmetic products can only be imported by companies that have an import license from the Spanish Ministry of Health. The shipper must provide a Certification of Analysis. Only Essential oils are permitted for import.

    Imports of cosmetic products to the Canary Islands are prohibited in any case. No exceptions will be made by the customs authorities. Shipments of cosmetics to individuals are prohibited. These shipments will be refused entry and returned to the country or territory of export. Refused shipments may be subject to a return charge.

    Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

    All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

    Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

    Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

    Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

    The importation of precious jewelry is highly restricted.

    Destination Brokerage has to prepare special import documentation for precious jewelry and has to seal the packages before delivery. Importers must be aware that they have to send the sealed packages to the Laboratorio Contraste for quality certification. It is solely the importer's responsibility to send the goods to the laboratory, otherwise, customs will penalize the importer. Brokerage must contact the importer prior to customs clearance in order to obtain a power of attorney and get information about the responsible laboratory.

    Brokerage accessorial charges may apply for document preparation. Please be informed that there is no Laboratorio Contraste in Canary Islands.

    In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries or territories link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles} are prohibited between the countries or territories selected.
    Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.
    According to Spanish customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetables and seeds are considered to be plants. There are prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of certain plants.

    A Phytosanitary Certificate must accompany all shipments of plants.

    These kinds of goods require a Phytosanitary inspection. UPS is not able to clear living plants through customs. The importer has to choose an alternate broker for the customs clearance and the Phytosanitary inspection.

    Plants mentioned in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

    Due to the Phytosanitary inspection an import delay may occur.

    Brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

    Importation into, or exportation from Spain of any rough diamond is prohibited, from whatever source, unless the rough diamond has been controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Rough diamonds, which have become known as conflict diamonds, are defined as diamonds used by rebel movements to finance military action opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments.

    The KPCS is a joint government internationally recognized certification system that imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as conflict-free and prevent conflict diamonds from entering legitimate trade.

    Please see "Plants".
    Only companies are allowed to import tobacco products. The importer must provide an import license issued by the Directorate General of Exterior Commerce in Madrid. Tobacco is subject to high excise tax. A sanitary inspection will be required, therefore an import delay may occur. Brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

    Private importers are not allowed to import tobacco products, even as a gift. It is recommended to contact the local chamber of commerce before shipping.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS EU Express Plus
    • UPS EU Express Saver
    • UPS EU Standard
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

    Special Clearance Requirements

    A special Customs clearance form from the Embassy is required. The invoice should state "diplomatic goods". No duty and taxes are applied to these shipments. Import delays may occur.
    Customs requires the original export declaration and a copy of the export invoice from the original shipper. The import invoice must declare the value of the commodity before the repair and the value of the repair. The import invoice should state "returned after repair." Duties and taxes may apply. For warranty repairs no duty and tax will apply. An import delay may occur. Brokerage charges may apply.
    Customs requires the original export declaration and a copy of the export invoice from the original shipper. The invoice must include the country or territory of origin and the reason for the return. The invoice should state "returned goods." No duty or taxes are applied to these shipments. An import delay may occur. Brokerage charges may apply.
    Goods cleared under the customs procedure of temporary importation must remain in the same state. Goods imported with the customs procedure of temporary importation are subject to the provision of security with limited exemptions. The security covers duty and taxes and will be calculated on the base of the declaration for free circulation. The security has to be paid by the importer prior to arrival. The security will be paid back to the importer with re-exporting of the goods under customs control.

    UPS does not provide the service of a temporary importation customs procedure if a security has to be provided. The consignee has to name an alternate broker for the customs procedure of temporary importation. The goods can be declared for free circulation by UPS.

    Duty and VAT will apply and charged to the importer.

    The European Union implemented a directive restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in all Electronic & Electrical Equipment effective July 1, 2006. This directive is called the RoHS Directive (2005/618/EC), which stands for the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

    The RoHS directive is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods.

    These directives will ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) (PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in some plastics).

    Manufacturers (and distributors and individual sellers) will need to understand the requirements of the RoHS/WEEE Directives to ensure that their products, and their components, comply. Goods falling under these categories do not require any accompanying documentation for importation.

    For more information on the EU directives, please check the following European Union web link or contact your local chamber of commerce: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/pdf/faq_weee.pdf

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • The limit whereby VAT will not be charged remains at 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro). Shipments with a value above 22.00 EUR need to be customs cleared as a formal entry.

      Duty - In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty free, but tax is raised.

      This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    Commercial Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • The limit whereby VAT will not be charged remains at 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro). Shipments with a value above 22.00 EUR need to be customs cleared as a formal entry.

      Duty - In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty free, but tax is raised.

      This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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