Importing from Spain to the UK

Despite Brexit and COVID having a profound impact on Spain and the UK, the Spanish economy is still strong, as is the export sector. Even with the reduction in tourism, there is a thriving business relationship between countries, and the proximity makes shipping easy, even with transit requiring extra paperwork to pass through customs. Working with Barrington Freight means that we will help you plan while providing sound advice from experienced freight forwarders. We guarantee to get your cargo where it needs to go while making the process quick and easy for you. and make the process straightforward. Take a look at the helpful list following that we have created to get you started shipping from Spain to the UK.

Customs from Spain to the UK

With the UK no longer part of the European Union, you will need an EU and UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) when shipping from Spain. These numbers are required at both borders and not having them when you ship will see your goods likely being held at the borders or delayed. See our blog for information at: What is an EORI Number.  

There is also a host of paperwork required because the UK has left the European Union, which never needed consideration before. Post-Brexit, the paperwork entirely depends on the goods you are looking to have shipped. Declaration criteria for your business may vary too, so you need to clearly understand the specifications before you send your cargo so it can clear border controls and not be delayed. There will be fees if you present incorrect or incomplete paperwork that means goods are held, including storage, so it’s best to get it right the first time. For more details, visit the government advisory page

VAT and Duties

When importing from Spain, duties are calculated for nations outside the EU. Still, goods can be sent tariff-free if manufactured in Spain, and a detailed declaration is provided to customs. If you are unsure if your freight is eligible, do your research or speak to your freight forwarder for assistance. 


Not completing customs declarations correctly will delay the entire shipment and incur fees. You can complete these forms yourself, saving money but may leave you more open to errors. Better yet and our recommendation would be to hire an expert who understands all the ins and outs of shipping and handles these forms every day to guarantee there are no unnecessary delays. 

Special Licences and Certificates

Your cargo may need special licenses and certification to travel, depending on if there are any restrictions. 

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Importing goods to the UK from Spain may seem more complicated since Brexit, but this does not need to be the case. We can manage everything for your consignment to create a stress-free experience. 

For more information about our services from Spain to the UK, or if you have an unusual load request to anywhere in the world, reach out on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].