Shipping items into Spain


Sep 13th, 2016, 09:45 AM
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Shipping items into Spain

I am currently studying abroad in Salamanca and was wondering if i could order clothes online and have them shipped to my house here? Would the duty or tax be expensive? Any experience or advice?
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Sep 13th, 2016, 03:12 PM
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Have you even looked for an answer?

Go on Amazon's Spain portal and check.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 12:18 AM
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If you mean shipped from outside the EU then yes you will almost certainly pay at the very least the VAT due on the items, plus a handling charge. If the items are subject to other duties you will be charged those plus VAT.

There will undoubtedly be information available online at the Spanish tax website.

Goods imported from other EU countries must have VAT levied at the rate in your country, not that of the country where you ordered, meaning prices quoted may vary slightly, and some companies are not prepared to do all that paperwork and so will no longer deliver abroad.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 12:50 AM
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We live in Nowhere, France, and order things from Amazon Prime in the USA and other countries all the time. The answers are all on the Amazon website. You don't need a travel forum to figure this out.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 01:59 AM
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The OP has posted a number of questions and sadly has never responded to them.
I would also suggest to the OP that he looks around for a thing called a shop. Bloody marvellous invetion you can purchase all sorts of things plus you are able to try them out to see if they fit or not.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 10:29 AM
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Why would anyone buy clothes from Amazon for crying out loud?

If, in Spain, you go onto H&M's website or the site of any Inditex fascia (like Zara), you'll get proper clothes, professionally presented by proper retailers. The prices will be in €, and they'll explain how delivery is organised. The polar opposite, in other words, of the shambolic Amazon "Fashion" (do Americans really think that junk's fashionable?) site.

Virtually all European apparel retailers will deliver, with no extra VAT (sales tax) or duty to Spanish addresses. So do all non-European retailers (like Gap or Uniqlo) with branches in Europe. They have to, because quoting the wrong price to consumers - standard practice in the US - is illegal here.

If, for some unaccountable reason, you want to buy from a US fascia without European branches (like the Old Navy division of Gap Inc) heitismij's advice is now usually out of date.

Most such chains now detect you're in Europe, ask you to confirm precisely where you are, then show you pages priced in your local currency. Those prices include import duty and VAT, though delivery charges (and arrangements for returns) vary considerably and often aren't what the retailer offers to its US customers. But there's no question any more these days of your having to deal with extra paperwork. The explosion in better software for cross-border sales over the past two years means practically all chains in bigger countries now deliver to major economies like Spain. Among America's top 20 apparel retailers, only Walmart and TK Maxx (as well as Ross Stores, who don't do e-commerce) don't offer this system. Actually, Walmart's UK subsidiary, George at Asda, DOES offer deliveries to Spain, and has far smarter clothes than the sad old lady back home.

But why get ripped off by high internet charges, and have to wait days for a courier to trundle up? Possibly OK of you're buying a computer: but fashion can't hang around. Your friendly neighbourhood Mango, Zara, Stadivarius or H&M will offer infinitely more interesting clothes than their alleged American "peers". Right away.

More interestingly, Primark has announced it's going to open in Salamanca. Cheaper, more fun and astronomically more stylish than anything in US malls. No need to buy like a geek on some horrid website, when you're about to get the world's best cutting-edge clothes shop near you.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 12:56 PM
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Thanks everyone for being so kind. Sorry I do not live on my computer I will try and check it more often. I was just wondering about shipping because a lot of the clothing here in spain just doesn't fit me and if it does then it is way too expensive. Thanks for the help.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 01:46 PM
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Clothing has always been expensive in Spain and generally in Europe. People coped by using dressmakers and tailors. My husband's US suits are all off the rack. His Spanish and British ones are all bespoke. My clothing from Spain was all sewn by a dressmaker. Ask your Spanish fellow students about their dressmakers/tailors. We have friends who are British but live in Germany. They come to the US for a visit and buy ALL their clothes here because they are so much cheaper. Too bad you didn't post a question about the price of clothing in Spain before you moved there !
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Sep 23rd, 2016, 03:00 AM
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Clothing expensive in Europe? Never realised that.
If you want clothes that do not last so long go to a street market or a Chinese shop.
a bit better quality is this shop:
then upscale more and look at
even more on this list: (and even better quality.
If you purchase cheap then when finished with them, give them to a charity for the homeless or out of work. Less luggage on the plane.
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