Exporting guide to Spain


Spain is located in Southwestern Europe and has borders to France and Portugal. It is one of the biggest consumer markets in the EU and with a population of 46.4 million, providing a large consumer base for UK exporters to sell to. Spain is in the top ten of the UK's largest trading partner and there is a demand for UK goods and services which UK businesses looking to export could benefit from.

An open market

The Spanish market is open to overseas companies and there are no specific restrictions.

The benefits for UK exporters include Spain’s familiarity with British products, efficient transport systems and access to Latin America.

A solar farm in Spain

Spain: at a glance



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GDP per capita


Actual figure (IMF, 2021). The UK is $47,203 (IMF, 2021, projected figure)

Economic growth


(IMF, 2021)

Time zone

GMT +1

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Check for trade barriers

Trade barriers, such as tariffs or taxes, can raise costs, cause delays, or even stop you from exporting. Check for any issues that may impact your business when exporting.

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Check duties and customs

Find information on how to export goods from the UK. View the duties, rules, restrictions, and the documents you need for your products.

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Next steps

DIT can advise you on doing business abroad, and help put you in touch with other people who can help such as lawyers and distributors.