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2Central government taxes

2.9 Custom duties on imports

Most customs duties levied in Spain are standard-rate duties which are generally payable on imports when the goods clear customs. With very few exceptions the duties are “ad valorem”, i.e. on CIF or similar invoice value. The rest are minor customs duties relating to storage and deposit rights and the sale of abandoned goods.

The “Harmonized Goods Classification System” and the European Economic Community (“EEC”)53 Tariff (TARIC) have been in force in Spain since 1987. Also, since Spain’s accession to the European Economic Community, only the exemptions established by the European Economic Community have been applicable.

53Currently the European Union.