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Import/Export

Japan to Spain

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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

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

Imports of alcoholic beverages are highly restricted. A sanitary inspection must be done prior to Customs clearance. A sanitary inspection will require:

  • Certificate of analysis provided by the shipper
  • Import License from the Department General of Exterior Commerce in Madrid
  • Importer registration at the Ministry of Health in Spain
  • Wine shipments require a certificatestates where the wine was produced

Brokerage charges may apply and import delays may occur. Private persons are not allowed to import shipments of alcohol. Gift shipments (from private to private) may not contain alcohol.

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 of export. Refused shipments may be subject to a return charge.

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.

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
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.

The European Union (EU) has implemented specific conditions and detailed procedures for the import of plastic kitchenware (HS-Code 3924 1000 11) made of polyamide and melamine and originated in or consigned from China or Hong Kong (regulation 284/2011). Tableware (for example, plates, flatware, cups) are excluded from the restrictions. The reason for the new regulation were notifications and alerts by the European 'Rapid Alert System'- kitchen tableware was recognized which exceed the thresholds of aromatic amines and formaldehyde released into food.

Based on the regulation, controls must be performed at the point of introduction into the EU by the competent authorities. They include documentary checks on all consignments and identity or physical checks (including laboratory checks) on 10% of the consignments. All consignments of kitchen tableware (HS code 3924 1000) originated or consigned from China or Hong Kong must be accompanied by a declaration confirming that it meets the requirements concerning the release of primary aromatic amines and formaldehyde. The declaration shall be accompanied by a laboratory report that the consignments fulfill the requirements.

The goods and declaration must be examined at the first point of introduction into the EU.

The consignments shall be notified at the first point of introduction at least two working days in advance.

Our main points of entry (Cologne, Germany and East Midlands, United Kingdom) are not competent to perform the checks and forwarding under bond is prohibited without the checks. Products covered by the new regulation and destined to the EU can't be accepted by UPS. Exporters should clearly state on the invoice the material and the country of origin of plastic kitchenware to avoid holds on commodities not subject to the regulation.

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.


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