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When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Spain, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Spain is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Spain are required to pay for:
To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow the following threshold guideline:
below €22; no duty and no VAT are collected.
between €22 and €150; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
over €150; both duty and VAT are collected.
If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about duties or VAT fees. But if you fall under the second or third bracket it is important to know how these fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.
Duties are based on the value of the product plus its freight and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Spain typically range
between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:
|Video Game Consoles||0%|
|Clothing and Apparel||8%|
The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The Spanish standard rate of VAT is
21%. Although, there are reduced rates of
10% for health products and
4% for goods considered as basic necessities, such as food and reading material.
Other taxes and customs fees
Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.
1) Product: Laptop Case, value €15
–Total Cost: €15
2) Product: Shoes, value €120
–VAT: (120*.21) = €25.20
–Total Cost: €145.20
3) Product: Blanket, value €250
–Duties: (250*.069) = €17.25
–VAT: (250+17.25)*.21 = €56.12
–Total Cost: €323.37