- January 24, 2007 at 10:47 pm #52571
Does anyone know if used furniture imported from the US is dutiable, or if documents other than shipping docs are needed to clear customs?
Embassies don’t answer emails, cannot find info anywhere!
- January 25, 2007 at 9:35 pm #68576
Icaru, Do you mean importing from USA to Spain or from Turkey to Spain or From USA t o Turkey. If you are importing for residency in Spain ( A non EU citizen)
The Spanish Government allows you to import your household effects and personal possessions free of customs duty. A one time situation if you are an official resident. However Spain being Spain it is not clear cut. I sugguest you get David Searls book on You & your law in Spain. I am not on commission.
- January 25, 2007 at 10:31 pm #68578
I mean importing our now stored furniture from the US to Spain. Do we have to first get a residence permit? That could take a long time!
- January 26, 2007 at 11:35 am #68584
Yes, you have to get the residence first. WELCOME TO SPAIN.
- January 26, 2007 at 3:43 pm #68588
But now european residents do not need residentia cards to live and work in Spain. Only if you are a non-eurospean resident.
- January 26, 2007 at 3:52 pm #68589
I think he/she is American or Turkish.
- January 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm #68590
Ah – after notary 3 times this morning my brain has just had enough! Thanks Shakeel!
- January 28, 2007 at 9:19 pm #68627
We are Americans living on the Med coast of Turkey! Now to find out how long it will take to get residence permits in Spain …
Thanks for the info.
- February 16, 2007 at 11:48 pm #69337
I’ve now read online that we can import our furniture WITHOUT A RESIDENCE PERMIT if we obtain a bank guaranty (by depositing money) for the value set by the customs (approx 16%). Supposedly after 2 years we can get this money back if we can prove we still have the furniture and personal effects.
Asked 3 Spanish Consulates (via email), got no answers.
Anyone know if this is true or just hearsay? Asked my lawyer and he doesn’t know and didn’t bother to find out. Told me to ‘contact the Spanish Consulate ‘.
- February 17, 2007 at 2:47 pm #69391
It is probebly true. Dont expect the money to be refunded in your life time.
- February 17, 2007 at 11:04 pm #69408
I fully understand why you are asking question and wanted to do things properly and in a planned way.
Take my advise. You will go nuts and not acheive anything. Be like others just go with the flow and have a “Que sera” attitude and if you got into bother have the Spanish attitude of “mala suerte”
Two years from now you will thank me for this advise.
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