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 ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation5200
Customs clearance and technical control140
Port and terminals handling2227
Inland transportation and handling21,629
Total102,097

Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation4150
Customs clearance and technical control1150
Port and terminals handling2233
Inland transportation and handling21,629
Total92,163

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 ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation5200
Customs clearance and technical control145
Port and terminals handling2232
Inland transportation and handling21,722
Total102,199

Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation4150
Customs clearance and technical control1125
Port and terminals handling2269
Inland transportation and handling21,722
Total92,266

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 ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation5200
Customs clearance and technical control135
Port and terminals handling2242
Inland transportation and handling21,408
Total101,885

Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation4150
Customs clearance and technical control1120
Port and terminals handling2242
Inland transportation and handling21,408
Total91,920

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 ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation5200
Customs clearance and technical control147
Port and terminals handling2250
Inland transportation and handling2872
Total101,369

Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation4150
Customs clearance and technical control1150
Port and terminals handling2265
Inland transportation and handling2872
Total91,437

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 ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation5200
Customs clearance and technical control160
Port and terminals handling2245
Inland transportation and handling21,609
Total102,115

Nature of Import ProceduresDuration (days)US$ (cost)
Documents preparation4150
Customs clearance and technical control1151
Port and terminals handling2259
Inland transportation and handling21,609
Total92,170

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)