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Spain

Goods

Updated 10/2012

Do you generate profits doing business in other European Union countries? It is an incredible opportunity to form part of a market of 480 million people in 27 countries.

You could sell or purchase goods or produce throughout the European Union. The Member States can only impose limits on the free movement of goods and produce in exceptional cases, on grounds of public health, the environment or consumer protection.

Goods imported from third countries not belonging to the European Union must comply with the regulations of international trade and customs procedures. Once they have fulfilled these procedures they can move freely around the European Union.

Goods and products must be safe for consumers in Europe.

The European Union harmonises the requirements to be fulfilled by goods manufactured or imported within the EU marketplace. There are harmonised European standards for goods covering half of all goods and products.

Where the standards are not harmonised, by virtue of the principle of mutual recognition among Member States of the European Union. Goods or produce manufactured or imported within a Member State must comply with its national regulations. If these are fulfilled, other Member States acknowledge that the product is safe and can move freely throughout the European Union. This situation affects half of goods or products in the European Union

To address obstacles or disputes affecting the free movement of goods in the European Union, you can obtain advice via the following link:

Would you like to find out more about consumer protection in Spain?

Administrative procedures

There are various options in order to sell products:

I. Establish your business in Spain to manufacture products or provide services:

In Spain, in order to sell or purchase goods or products transported to or from other states of the European Union, in other words to perform intra-EU operations. You must comply with the following administrative procedures:

1. Register with the census of businesses or professionals as intra-EU operators:

2. Present the corresponding VAT return: every three months if the volume is less than 50,000 euros. Monthly if in excess of this figure. This can be presented in person at a Tax Agency office, or via the Internet.

The easiest way to do this online is to download the help program, complete the form and then submit it with an electronic certificate signature.

3. Companies engaged in economic operations in Spain must pay taxes:

Resources

Would you like to find out about initiatives to support trade with other European Union countries? Promotion, economic grants, advice, offices and other aspects.

The internal market allows the free movement of: people, enterprises, goods, services and capital. The EU adopts measures to develop these freedoms, eliminate obstacles, improve the enterprise environment, protect intellectual and industrial property and safeguard consumers.

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

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