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      How to import clothing into Spain from the US or EU? Do I need a company?

      Hi everyone, I have a few questions regarding importing clothing into Spain.

      I'm in the process of starting an online boutique in Spain and wanted to import clothing from either the US or EU.

      To import clothing do I need to have to set up a company or is it ok to import with my NIE number? Also what are the differences in importing inside and outside of the EU?

      I would be very grateful if anyone could help me with this. Thank you in advance,

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      Hi Paulina,

      You don't need a company to import, just make sure you follow the Spanish taxation and duty laws when importing.

      If you are "importing" from the EU, you are not actually importing, because there is no customs clearance/duty to pay for movement of goods within the EU.
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      Hi Paulina,

      Of course depends on spanish regulation if you want to run your business legally you need to open a company. Mostly wholesalers work B2B and you should provide them with any tax/company identification number. There is no import inside of European Union. If you buy products from EU countries you pay a VAT rate in this country. If you have registered in Spain for Eurpean Union VAT number (Nmero de IVA europeo) your supplier doesn't charge you VAT. Instead you pay spanish VAT rate (not sure if it still 18%).
      If you import clothing from US your order maybe subject to import duties. However doesn't have to be. Anyway it is better to check before you place an order what is duty rate for imported clothing in Spain. I guess it can be about 10 - 15% but this only my prediction.

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      Hi Paulina,

      You don't need a company to import, just make sure you follow the Spanish taxation and duty laws when importing.

      If you are "importing" from the EU, you are not actually importing, because there is no customs clearance/duty to pay for movement of goods within the EU.
      Can you confirm that I don't need to pay any customs duty when importing from other EU countries?

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      Can you confirm that I don't need to pay any customs duty when importing from other EU countries?
      Yes absolutely, confirmed. See: Duties on the movement of goods within the EU | Business Link

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      Hello Paulina,

      You need to be a company or a self-employed person (autnomo) to import clothes into Spain.

      Within European Union there is no custom duties because we have "free commerce law" (ley de libre comercio) and we do not have customs within EU members. You need to register and get your "VAT identification number" (nmero de IVA Intracomunitario). Without this number the seller can't issue an invoice without his VAT. If you have this number you can buy without VAT and goods will tribute in Spain.

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