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Trading Across Borders in Spain

This topic looks at the procedural requirements for exporting and importing a standardized cargo of goods. Documents associated with every official procedure are counted—from the contractual agreement between the 2 parties to the delivery of goods—along with the time necessary for completion.

The information appearing on this page was collected as part of the Doing Business subnational project in Spain, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small to medium-sized domestic business in cities and regions.

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Algeciras | Barcelona | Bilbao | Valencia | Vigo


Algeciras
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 5 200
Customs clearance and technical control 1 40
Port and terminals handling 2 227
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,629
Total 10 2,097
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 4 150
Customs clearance and technical control 1 150
Port and terminals handling 2 233
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,629
Total 9 2,163
Export documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Packing list
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Packing list

Barcelona
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 5 200
Customs clearance and technical control 1 45
Port and terminals handling 2 232
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,722
Total 10 2,199
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 4 150
Customs clearance and technical control 1 125
Port and terminals handling 2 269
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,722
Total 9 2,266
Export documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Packing list
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Packing list

Bilbao
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 5 200
Customs clearance and technical control 1 35
Port and terminals handling 2 242
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,408
Total 10 1,885
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 4 150
Customs clearance and technical control 1 120
Port and terminals handling 2 242
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,408
Total 9 1,920
Export documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Packing list
Gate Pass (Admítase)
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Packing list
Gate Pass (Entréguese)

Valencia
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 5 200
Customs clearance and technical control 1 47
Port and terminals handling 2 250
Inland transportation and handling 2 872
Total 10 1,369
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 4 150
Customs clearance and technical control 1 150
Port and terminals handling 2 265
Inland transportation and handling 2 872
Total 9 1,437
Export documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Packing list
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Packing list

Vigo
Nature of Export Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 5 200
Customs clearance and technical control 1 60
Port and terminals handling 2 245
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,609
Total 10 2,115
Nature of Import Procedures Duration (days) US$ (cost)
Documents preparation 4 150
Customs clearance and technical control 1 151
Port and terminals handling 2 259
Inland transportation and handling 2 1,609
Total 9 2,170
Export documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs export declaration
Packing list
Gate Pass (Admítase)
Import documents
Bill of lading
Commercial invoice
Customs import declaration
Packing list
Gate Pass (Entréguese)