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From January 1st, 2021, all merchandise that leaves or enters the European Union with destination or origin England is considered merchandise exported or imported to a third country.

Customs controls will be introduced between the EU and the UK when the transition period ends on December 31, 2020.

Documentation needed will be:


Packing list

Power of attorney

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number

Products classification

Origin declaration if the commercial invoice is greater than € 6,000.


If the merchandise travels in transit, an inspection will be made at the first / last point of the European Union and upon arrival at the destination, import clearance will be made where taxes and duties will be paid. 

When a merchandise comes from England to Spain, the Spanish customs agent must be registered in Traces to manage the importation of the merchandise.

TRACES is the European Commission's multilingual online platform for sanitary and phytosanitary certification required for the importation of animals, animal products, food and feed of non-animal origin and plants into the European Union, and the intra-EU trade and EU exports of animals and certain animal products.

If the merchandise carries certificates, they will be issued in three languages, the one of origin, the one of the first / last European point and the one of destination.

The merchandise that travels in transit carries a seal on the truck / container that cannot be broken until arrival at the destination where the import clearance is made.

For more information you can visit the web


Your sincerely,

World Ocean Cargo Iberica.



Helia Rocha

I have more than 13 years of experience in the freight forwarding sector and in World Ocean Cargo Ibérica, managing export, import and cross trades shipments, both sea, air and land. Thanks to having attended different international conferences and having worked directly with freight forwarders all over the world, I am familiar with international door to door logistics. Currently in the commercial position within the company and occasionally managing traffic issues.