Spain - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Spain is a member of the EU since 1986, and as a member of the European Union (EU), it follows all EU directives, regulations, and obligations where available. While EU Regulations are binding and directly applicable to the Member States, EU Directives have to be transposed into National law. EU Decisions are binding and directly applicable to whom they are addressed.

This report outlines the applicable legislation regarding the export of U.S. food products to Spain, particularly those rules that differ from EU legislation or regulation. Exporters should be aware that when EU-wide legislation is incomplete, absent or there is room for interpretation, Spanish laws apply and imported product must meet existing Spanish requirements. To our experience, some examples of non-harmonized products include collagen casings, lanolin, gelatin and composite products.

Food and beverage products originating in the United States do not require any special Spanish permits and are not subject to special rules or regulations regarding retail sale in Spain. However, all products must comply with the generally applied rules and regulations required for any food and beverage product sold within the EU market. Spain’s food regulations apply to both domestically produced and imported food products.

Authors: 
Marta Guerrero
Publisher: 
USDA GAIN
Year: 
2,014