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Let’s talk about shipping from US to Spain. There has been a big move in the US over recent years to push up global exports. During 2012 the USA placed second in exporting. America shipped US$1.55 trillion worth of goods around the globe in 2013, up by 18.9% since 2008. America’s exports to Spain amounted to $9.5 billion or 0.6% of overall US exports for 2012. The top 3 exports being Pharmaceuticals at $1.6 billion, Oil at $1.4 billion and Machines, engines, pumps at $661.9 million.
The main ports for export to Spain are Barcelona, Tarragon, Valencia, Bilbao, Vigo, and Algeciras, with shipments often leaving from Boston, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, New Orleans and Houston. Generally shipments to Spain are competitively priced as both US ports and Spanish ports have a good flow of import and exports, this also helps maintain a high frequency of shipments, often running once a week. Transit times can vary quite a bit depending on ports used, changing weather and unexpected delays so it is worth comparing yourself, but shipping’s on average take approximately 22 days.
CUSTOMS AND DUTIES
Spain, a member of the European Union and the World Trade Organization, adheres to EU and GATT trading rules. Spain determines customs duties based on cost, insurance, and freight (CIF), and applies the EU Common External Tariff to non-EU imports. Most customs costs amount to 20-30% of CIF, including tariffs, value-added tax (16%), and customs agent and handling fees.