It is important to consider how customs formalities are handled when goods arrive at their destination. A simple documentation error can lead to customs delays in the Canary Islands that nobody wants, with an even higher cost for the customer.
The Canary Islands is an autonomous community with a special economic and fiscal regime recognised in the Constitution, based on the following.
There are principles and rules that must be applied due to the recognition of the Canary Islands as an outermost region of the European Union in Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Thus, the following do not apply in the Canary Islands:
However, the Canary Islands has its own indirect taxes for these and other products.
The Canary Islands general indirect tax and the tax on imports and deliveries of goods in the Canary Islands (IGIC). This is the equivalent of VAT with lower tax rates that vary according to the sector and the degree of need for the goods or services in question.
The following documentation is required for customs formalities in the Canary Islands, e.g., the payment of Canary customs duties at a customs office in the Canary Islands.
If the procedure is carried out on behalf of the holder, a copy of the holder’s ID card and a signed authorisation must be provided.
Any exemption from customs duties because of a change of residence must also be added to the documentation:
These are a set of established 3-letter codes for obligations on both buyer and seller and are thus used as a basis for sales contracts.
The current Incoterms are Incoterms 2020. They represent an evolution with respect to stipulated sales contracts conditions and also represent a guarantee for the customer, though they are not obligatory.
This complex process involves the following customs formalities.
Shipping containers are large, made of aluminium or steel and are used for loading and transporting goods.
They provide an optimal solution for both indoor and outdoor storage.
They are made available to the customer for.
In both cases, they can be put to two uses.
The first step is to check whether taxes are payable. To be exempt from customs duties, the following requirements must be met:
Once the vehicle arrives on the islands, an application for temporary or permanent import is made at the Imported Vehicles Department, Regional Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Once import clearance is obtained, the shipping company collects the vehicle when authorised.
Importing (bringing goods into the country) and exporting (taking goods out of the country) require customs formalities that are often complex. Additionally, the corresponding taxes, with all their peculiarities in terms of exemptions and deductions, must be paid. This requires the work of experts in the field to ensure that the procedures carried out are correct.
Transport of goods between the mainland and the Canary Islands requires a great deal of logistical and legal knowledge to be carried out successfully.
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