Spain has been an important export market for the UK for many years now. In fact, in 2017, the UK was Spain’s 5th biggest trading partner. And Spain has been the UK’s 10th most profitable export destination for some time. Despite the concerns relating to the impact of Brexit on this relationship, the country remains one of the most popular places to send goods to for Plexus Freight customers. With that in mind, we thought we’d put together this short guide to answer any questions you might have about beginning your own UK-Spain export venture.
Everything You Need to Know About Sending Freight to Spain
What can I send to Spain?
At Plexus Freight, we work with pallets, crates, oversized goods and loose cargo. What goes into that cargo, however, is subject to Spain’s customs restrictions. In most instances, it’s a case of common sense: don’t send narcotics, any form of non-prescription drugs, tobacco or alcohol. Don’t send dangerous substances like asbestos, hazardous chemicals, or biological substances. However, there are some things that you might not expect to be prohibited, such as shoes, costume jewellery and telecommunications equipment. To be certain, check with the European Tax and Customs Union before beginning your venture.
Likewise, if you’re importing from Spain to the UK, make sure you check out UK government guidelines.
How can I send freight to/from Spain?
Plexus Freight offer three different service options for transporting goods to and from Spain:
Express Freight – We know there are occasions when time is of the essence. That’s why we have a 24/7 booking service. And when you book our express freight option we can arrange collections within a day – sometimes within the hour. All express deliveries between the UK and Spain are made within 24 hours. And all express freight deliveries are tracked.
Economy Express – For those looking for fast delivery at a more cost-effective price point, we are able to consolidate customer orders. This is made possible by the high level of business we conduct around Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal. As we operate daily from all of these locations, as well as nine others, we can ensure that you are never kept waiting.
Economy Freight – At Plexus, we offer a range of different economy freight options across Europe, including cross trade. Although the most cost-effective route, our economy service is no less reliable or secure. We will always be there when we say we will. It’s exactly the same service, but without the hurry.
What do I need to do to organise a shipment to/from Spain?
If you simply wish Plexus Freight to transport your goods, then all you need do is contact our customer service team, or fill out our contact sheet. Your personalised quote will be with you shortly. It’s then down to you to ensure that the paperwork and logistics are in place. However, we do offer other services.
If you’re looking to streamline your freighting system, Plexus can help with warehousing, timed deliveries, specialist movements and a full range of other freight forwarding solutions. Call our customer service team to find out more: (+44) 01823 335666.
Is there anything else I need to know about exporting to Spain?
If you’re just starting out, then you need to make sure that you have a support network in place. This would include:
- A reliable freight forwarder
- A local distributor and/or agent
- A clear name search certificate from the Central Mercantile Registry.
While Spain is a very similar market to the UK, local knowledge is always beneficial. Working with an agent or distributor can save you a lot of time and money. They will also ensure that you meet all the regional legal requirements – such as the name search certificate. Their help could also be invaluable in the event of Brexit.
As well as getting your goods where they need to be, a good freight forwarder can also help to ensure that you have all the paperwork you need. This is the best way to ensure that your cargo always arrives intact.
If this is a first venture for you, Invest In Spain is a great resource.
Spain is one of the easiest markets for first time freighters. At present (pre-Brexit), its systems are very similar to the UK’s. It’s relatively near-by, so you have a choice of delivery options available. And the market is ready and waiting.
If you’d like to find out more about how Plexus Freight could help build and improve your UK-Spain import/export business, our dedicated customer service team is always ready to help: (+44) 01823 335666.