All shipments of goods that enter via Correos in Spain are subject to Customs controls, unlike postal items that contain documents or personal messages sent by other people.

If you are expecting an international shipment, remember that all goods, including online purchases, may be subject to restrictions and the payment of Customs duties and Correos management fees, depending on the content, their value and other criteria applied to shipments by Customs:

  • Customs import duties according to current legislation:
    • Payment of Customs duties (European Union tax) based on the content of the shipment.
    • Payment of Spanish taxes (VAT) or local taxes (IGIC, AIEM, IPSI) where applicable.
    • Payment of special taxes on tobacco, alcohol, etc.
  • Correos costs for the management and processing of a shipment:
    • Processing of the Import Tariff Single Administrative Document (SAD) for presentation to Customs. (Ordinary SAD shipments > 150 EUR)
    • Tariff for Customs Management (shipments ≤ 150 EUR not arriving by IOSS)
    • Costs arising from border safety controls, depending on the nature of the shipment (sanitary, pharmaceutical, veterinary, etc.).
    • Any costs arising from procedures needed for Customs management of the shipment.

It is essential to present the commercial invoice, proof of payment via internet for any objects purchased online or for shipments of goods or any other document that may be required.

It is the recipient's responsibility to know the conditions for importing their shipment (prohibitions, restrictions, limitations, etc.) and to find out what documents may be required on arrival, including the commercial invoice, certificate of origin, licences and special authorisations for border controls, etc.

Correos offers you a series of services that you can sign up to so that we can be your Customs representative, and all your import formalities will be resolved without you having to leave home. 

Importing postal items to Spain from the United Kingdom, except for the territory of Northern Ireland.

Since 1 January 2021, shipments containing goods from the United Kingdom, except for the territory of Northern Ireland, need to be presented to Spanish Customs for clearance so that Correos  can proceed with the delivery thereof to the recipients in Spain.

The recipient will have to bear the costs corresponding to the customs processing and must also pay any taxes imposed in accordance with current customs regulations (VAT or the Canary Island General Indirect Tax (IGIC) in the Canary Islands) and Special Taxes. However, they may be exempt from the payment of customs duty when there is documentary proof  that the goods contained in the shipment originated in the United Kingdom, except the territory of Northern Ireland.

Tracking items currently being imported Rates

Mainland Spain and Balearic Islands imports

Bringing goods from outside the European Union, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla into the Iberian peninsula or Balearic Islands is subject to a customs import procedure.


Canary Islands imports

Any goods that enter the Canary Islands are subject to customs import procedures.


Ceuta imports

Any goods imported into Ceuta may be subject to customs import procedures.


Melilla imports

Correos does not carry out any customs representative services in this territory.


Frequently asked questions

Why does my shipment have to go through customs processing?

When goods are imported to a different country or tax territory than the origin, they must undergo customs processing. All goods must go through safety checks at the border (sanitary and quality controls, etc.) and meet the tax obligations of the destination country (tax and duty payments) as well as other fees resulting from the import procedures and shipment care and storage.

Why do I have to pay again, when the sender has already paid at origin?

Depending on the legislation in each country, goods transported by post may be subject to import and export customs and quasi-customs controls both in the country of origin and destination. These controls are different as they are conducted by different authorities.

Imported goods must pay indirect taxes levied on consumption in the destination territory:

  • Mainland Spain and Balearic Islands: VAT:
  • Canary Islands: IGIC and AIEM.
  • Ceuta and Melilla: IPSI.
  • European Union: community tariff.
  • Excise Duties: tobacco, alcohol, hydrocarbons, etc.

Why do I have to pay tax on shipments that are gifts?

Shipments between private individuals that contain gifts with a value of more than €45 are subject to taxation.

This is because the Law considers that these are goods obtained outside the destination taxation territory which will be consumed/used inside that territory, which means they are subject to taxation.

They may only be exempt from taxation in the case of used personal items with prior SAD declaration and when they have been verified by Customs where appropriate. However, the recipient must pay for Correos’ Customs processing (SAD).

If my deliveries are personal items, what procedure should I follow?

Personal items are those which have been used, not those acquired for personal use.

They are subject to customs processing, although they may only be declared exempt following verification and authorisation by Customs.

For this purpose, you must attach a pro forma invoice with the shipment, or complete Point 2 on the Delivery Notification to indicate the exact content and value of the goods (never €0). Indicating gifts or sample is not valid. 

What do I do if I don't have an invoice? What can be submitted instead?

In order to carry out the Customs import declaration, companies must always provide a commercial invoice or a pro forma invoice.

On the other hand, if the importer is a private person who is unable to provide an invoice or any other type of receipt for the value of the goods (payment receipt, PayPal, etc.), they can complete a Sworn Declaration of Value (which is included in the Delivery Notice) accompanied by a bank payment receipt.

If a shipment is sent from one private individual to another, do we still have to pay?

Shipments between private individuals that do not constitute a commercial transaction are subject to taxation, provided that the goods are valued at over €45.

Shipments considered to be personal items due to a change of residence may be exempt. In this case, a Declaration must be presented to Customs, you must be able to accredit that the items concerned are at least six months old, and that there really has been a change of address with a work contract, census registration, etc.

Once the Import Declaration has been submitted, Customs may inspect shipments before deciding whether they are exempt from taxation as they meet the requirements or not.

When do duties need to be paid (customs duties)? Are they paid on all products?

Duties must only be paid for goods indicated in the Law when their value is over €150.

Otherwise, goods with a lower value may be subject to payment of IVA in Mainland Spain, IGIC and AIEM in the Canary Islands, or IPSI in Ceuta and Melilla, as well as Excise Duties where applicable.

Some products may be free of duties or subject to additional duties depending on the country of manufacture and the product.

When does VAT need to be paid?

For any goods imported to Spain worth over €22, provided there is an economic transaction and regardless of whether the recipient is a company or private individual.

Shipments between private individuals that contain gifts with a value of more than €45 are also subject to taxation.

The general VAT rate for product imports in Spain is 21%, but certain products are subject to a reduced VAT rate (10%) and others have a highly reduced rate (4%).

Why is a Tax ID (NIF) necessary for customs processing?

Customs processing is formalised with the SAD (Single Administrative Document).

The SAD is a tax declaration and as such it requires the Tax ID of both the sender and the recipient for identification purposes (Resolution SAD of 27 June 2012 and additional provision six of Law 58/2003, of 17 December, the General Tax Act).

Can I authorise a family member or friend to carry out customs processing for me? What documentation does this person need?

They must submit the signed Postal Notification we sent to you along with the Spanish National Identity Card (DNI), passport or Foreigner Identity Card (NIE) of the authorised person; photocopy of the DNI, passport or NIE of the recipient; and Family Book if the recipient is a minor.

If the invoice is inside the shipment, can the package be opened?

The Tax Agency is the only body legally authorised to open postal packages. That is why it is important to notify the sender that the invoice and other documents which may be required to process the import must be stuck on the outside of the shipment. All Postal Operators have special bags for this purpose.

If the invoice is inside and you have decided to process the customs import procedure with Correos, you can expressly state that you authorise Correos to remove the invoice from inside the parcel. This authorisation should be stated on the Postal Notification with the details of your shipment we will send to you and return it with your details to the address stated on it.

What is the deadline for carrying out the import procedures for the goods?

The date is indicated on the Postal Notification we will send to you.