Tariffs and regulations

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Spain.

For further information, visit Spanish Customs.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

Spain is part of the harmonised trade system of the EU and importing and exporting are covered by the EU Taxation and Customs Union

A Common External Tariff (CET) is applicable to other countries, including Australia

The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods, please consult Spanish Customs.

Non-tariff barriers

In addition to normal EU restrictions, all Spanish importers must be licensed. An application must be submitted by the importer to the Ministry of Commerce or its regional offices and include:

  • commercial invoice
  • price with Incoterm 2010
  • net and gross weights
  • invoice number.

The validity period is usually six months and there are no restrictions on the allocation of foreign exchange for payment of authorised imports.

A small range of products are prohibited and some are subject to quotas or other special import licensing requirements and subject to authorisation by the Ministerio de Hacienda. These include:

  • agricultural products
  • explosives
  • seed oil
  • gold

Restrictions may depend on the country of origin of the product. For more information on import licensing, quotas and restricted goods, visit Spanish Customs.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Certification, labelling and packaging must meet EU requirements. For more information on current requirements, visit the European Union website.

Packaging

To reduce the impact on the environment, the EU has required legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste. 

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Labelling

All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation.

Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information, visit EUR- Lex Food Safety.

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from or EU. For more information, visit trade in organic products.

Special certificates

There are controls on imports into Spain on a number of products. For more information, visit Spanish Customs.

Information on exporting and export documentation regarding animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations should be in Euro or Australian dollars. 

For more information on current requirements, visit the EU Requirements

Documentary requirements

For more information on current documentary requirements, visit the EU Requirements.

Pro-forma invoice

Must indicate Price and Incoterm (2010), freight and insurance charges. One copy is usually sufficient and must clearly state 'Proforma'.

Commercial invoice

No prescribed form, but the invoice must include:

  • date, name and address of both buyer and seller
  • description of merchandise and quantity
  • unit price and total price in the agreed currency
  • payment method
  • Incoterms 2010
  • reference to the proforma invoice
  • ·origin of merchandise
  • transport method.

Bill of lading

No prescribed form and To Order bills are acceptable.

Packing list

Not compulsory, but facilitates clearance.

Certificate of insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Insurance

Normal commercial practice.

Weights and measures

The metric system is used.

Public health requirements

For more information on public health requirements, visit the EU Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.  

Insecticides and other potentially dangerous chemical substances for general sale are restricted by law. Substances have to be approved and registered with Spanish government agencies after testing, to determine whether the product is safe for normal trading. For information, visit Spanish Customs.