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A Short Lesson about Sea Freight. Spain Shipments by sea freight.

The decision to transport your Spain shipments by sea freight makes sense for a variety of reasons.

Spain Shipments by sea freight is cheaper.

Shipping by seas costs 10 times less than shipping by air. If you have a large quantity of goods to transport and time is not an important consideration, shipping by sea is a good choice. After arriving at the destination port, the goods can remain in the container for further transport by rail or truck. When you have less than a container load, it may be cost effective to work with a freight forwarder who can consolidate shipments.

On the other hand, there are some contraindications to choosing deliveries,for Spain shipments by sea freight.
Sea transport takes more time than other modes, routes and timetables are usually fixed and adverse weather conditions will impact travel. It is also more difficult to track the shipment’s progress.

Transit times for Spain shipments by sea freight is higher than other ways.

Costs for Spain shipments by sea freight is lower than other ways.


There are additional costs from overland transport to the final destination, imposition of duties and taxes at port and possible fuel and currency surcharges.

Either a Sea Waybill or Bill of Lading, spelling out who owns the consignment and the terms of the contract of carriage, is a required document for ocean freight. A Bill of Lading which maintains your ownership of the goods until you discharge them to the customer is advised when shipping to a new customer. Unless you are familiar with the customer’s credit history, it is risky to release the goods before receiving full payment. The Bill of Lading provides documentary security and additional control.

The less costly option, the Sea Waybill, should only be used when you are familiar with or have an established relationship with your customer. This is one thing you have to consider with your Spain shipments by sea freight or other origins / destination.

When shipping hazardous goods, a dangerous goods declaration is also required.

Limited insurance coverage under maritime transport conventions is automatically applied. Additional coverage, such as general cargo insurance is recommended.

Here are some different options for shipping sea freight.


Spain Shipments by sea freight

Sea-Freight Conventional Cargo, needing high quality export packaging, is shipped on palettes, in bulk or in boxes. Because it is handled several times and exposed to weather, there is potential for damage and it is less secure. The cargo is conveyed to the shipping company (the carrier) for transport from a named port of shipment to a chosen place of destination and placed in the ship’s hold or on deck.

Sea-Freight Charter ships do not have regular routes and schedules; instead they pick up cargo under a contract with the ship operator. Charter shipping is the lowest cost option per unit of measure or weight and is commonly used for bulk shipments of oil, coal or grain. The charter contract can be conferred for a specific load, for a particular journey or for a stated length of time.

Sea freight may be transported on a Sea-Freight Roll on/Roll off (RO/RO) vessel. Similar to a car ferry, an RO/RO ship has ramps that enable loading from the side, front or rear of the ship. Other designs allow for unloading of containers from the top with a crane. The benefit of an RO/RO vessel is the time saved when loading and unloading. The downside is lower security and susceptibility to damage during loading, unloading and overland transport to destination.

NF Spain provide freight services worldwide, if you need a company for your Spain shipments by sea freight, or air freight, please contact us for more information.

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31st July holiday in Bilbao

Holiday in Bilbao

Due the Ignatius of Loyola day Bilbao places of work can be shut on 31st July, resuming on third August with our SUMMER timetable.

All transport traces, air firms in addition to customs will stay shut.

NF Spain forwarder holiday day on 31st july in Bilbao. holiday in bilbao

Who was Ingantius of Loyola?

Ignatius of Loyola (Basque: Ignazio Loiolakoa, Spanish: Ignacio de Loyola) (c. October 23, 1491– July 31, 1556) was a Spanish knight from an area Basque noble household, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, who based the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and, on 19 April 1541, grew to become its first Superior Common.

Ignatius emerged as a spiritual chief in the course of the Counter-Reformation. Loyola’s devotion to the Catholic Church was characterised by absolute obedience to the Pope.
After being severely wounded within the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, he underwent a religious conversion whereas in restoration.

De Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony purportedly impressed Loyola to desert his earlier navy life and commit himself to labour for God, following the instance of non secular leaders akin to Francis of Assisi. After experiencing a imaginative and prescient of the Virgin Mary and the toddler Jesus on the shrine of Our Woman of Montserrat in March 1522, he went to Manresa, the place he started praying for seven hours a day, typically in a close-by cave, and formulating the basics of the Religious Workout routines. In September 1523, Loyola reached the Holy Land to settle there, however was despatched again to Europe by the Franciscans.

Between 1524 and 1537, Ignatius studied theology and Latin within the College of Alcalá after which in Paris. In 1534, he arrived within the latter metropolis throughout a interval of anti-Protestant turmoil which pressured John Calvin to flee France. Ignatius and some followers certain themselves by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In 1539, they shaped the Society of Jesus, accredited in 1540 by Pope Paul III, in addition to his Religious Workout routines permitted in 1548. Loyola additionally composed the Constitutions of the Society. He died in July 1556, was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609, canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, and declared patron of all religious retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Ignatius’ feast day is widely known on July 31. Ignatius is a foremost patron saint of troopers, the Society of Jesus, the Basque Nation, and the provinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay.

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For extra information about holiday in Bilbao or cargo shipments from to Spain, please don´t doubt contact us.




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All LCL foods cargo from Spain to Doha are prohibited.


Food Cargo from Spain to Doha


We just have been notified any food cargo from Spain to Doha in LCL (less than a container)  have been prohibited with inmediate effect.

Please be informed since this moment we can not accept any booking unless will be shipped in FCL (Full container).

cargo from spain to doha

Other special conditions for any cargo from Spain to Doha

We remind you about other special conditions to this destination.

The Goods IMO will be accepted prior authorization by the shipping port, the shipping company and agent delivery at destination.

It is forbidden the importation of alcoholic beverages in nearly all Arab countries, so it is also requested ask authorization prior book the shipment.

All the packages must be properly marked ‘Made in Spain’, an BL has to indicate the packages marks.


For more information about this or any other matter, please CONTACT us throught our SUPPORT SPAIN SHIPMENTS website.

We are a professional Spain freight forwarder with head office in Barcelona. We can handle any shipment by sea, air as well as customs clearance services you will need from to Spain.


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Summer working time

We inform you our summer working time during holiday period.


From 27th July to 13th September our working time will be from 07:00 to 14:00 from monday to fridays.

summer working time

During summer working time we only will accept delivery / pick up instructions:

  • FCL : We will accept delivery / pick up orders till 12:00. Later than this time will be process next day.
  • LCL: We will accept delivery / pick up orders till 14:00. Later than this time willl be process next day.

Bookings will be process:

  • Air bookings reciving prior 12:00 same day. Later than 12:00 next day.
  • LCL / FCL booking reciving prior 13:00 same day. Later than 13:00 next day.


Any additional information or special requirement please contact us throught our FORMULAR, or directly to the department you use to do it.



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16 july Carmen’s day. Holiday Spain sea freight cargo companies.

We inform you on tuesday 16th july some ports and Spain sea freight cargo companies will be close due  the ”Carmen’s day.

16 july holiday Spain sea freight cargo companies

Carmen Virgin is the patroness in Spain of the sea and the army.

On the evening of July 16, in the fishing villages and towns up and down the Coast, her much-loved effigy is not only paraded through the streets but also taken for a spin round the bay on a flower-adorned boat, accompanied by a flotilla of “jábegas” (fishing boats). Brass bands play, crowds cheer, rockets shoot off and fireworks fill the late dusk sky.

Celebrations vary slightly from town to town.

For that reason most of shipping lines in Spain will be on holidays, and other Spain sea freight cargo companies that will affect in your booking, rates or any related with them.

Please don’t doubt contact us for any additional information you will need.


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24h Advance Manifest Rule cargo from Spain to Yantian


New manifest rule cargo from Spain to Yantian

Since last year and in accordance with Decree No.172 of General Administration of Customs, China Customs announced a new rule of advanced manifest filing on maritime container cargo from Spain to Yantian, as well as other worldwide ports.

Shanghai and Xiamen were the first port  to implement the new manifest format.

Since 1st june also Yantian launched the advanced manifest regulation wich has to be applied to all cargo from Spain to Yantian.

Even actuarlly customers are use to this operative, allways are significant changes to our current shipment processes, and we would like to remind you about:

Deadline of filing Advance Manifest 24 hours before loading from a port in a foreign country/territory.

Customers will be requested to submit Shipping Instructions (SI) within a suitable timeline prior documentation cut-off date to allow BL completion and submission to China Customs.


Documentation Cut-off

In order to comply with the rule, NFS will require complete and accurate shipping instructions before the documentation cut-off times.

Please contact our customer service representative for your exact documentation cut-off.

A No Doc / No Load policy will be implemented by NFS for shipments where shipping instructions are not submitted by the required documentation cut-off time.


China Customs Responses

The following responses are expected from China Customs.
Submission Acknowledgement – Acceptance or Rejection.
Do Not Load (DNL) message if and when the shipments submitted do not pass Customs scrutiny.
Do Not Unload (DNU) message if and when the shipments submitted do not pass Customs scrutiny after Customs has received and accepted the advance manifest.


Advance Manifest Submission and Amendment Fee
an Advance Manifest Submission (AMS) fee of USD 30 per BL will be applicable for every BL filed.

China 24 h advanced manifest. Cargo from Spain to Yantian.

China 24 h advanced manifest. Cargo from Spain to Yantian.

More information

You may also refer to the following websites for more information:

Decree No.172 in English 

Decree No.172 in Chinese

For more information about this regulation about cargo from Spain to Yantian, please visit the  links, and we will continue to update customers if there are any further developments on the new regulations. For any information concerning this rule or other information you need, please also refer to our SUPPORT department.

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1st June and 24th June Barcelona Holiday days

We inform you our company will be close 1st & 24th june due Barcelona holiday days.

For that reason we recomend you provide your bookings with all advance possible in order to avoid delayis in your air or sea shipments from / to Barcelona.

barcelona holiday days

1st June. Barcelona holiday days: Monday after Whitsun

Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost, a movable feast in the Christian calendar. It is movable because it is determined by the date of Easter.

24th June. Barcelona holiday days: Sant Joan

The summer solstice in Catalonia is on 23 June on the day of the Holy Sant Joan, celebrated with campfires and fireworks and fire-crackers in all streets. In the shortest night of the year, huge wood fire in all places and roads are built and young and old celebrate until the morning hours.

For more information please feel free to contact us via our web form: CLICK HERE

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1st May Holiday Labour Day

We inform you our company will be close 1st May, due Labour day holiday.

We will resume on 4th at 8 a.m.

Labour Day

What is Labour Day?

Labour Day or International Workers’ Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement.

May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

We recommend make all the bookings and shipments before the week of 1st May as all the schedules will be affected due the holidays.


For more information please feel free to contact us via our web form: CLICK HERE

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Shipments from Spain to Yemen ports cancelled.

Due the crisis in Yemen, all shipments from Spain to Yemen ports has been cancelled till  new notice.

All booking to those ports will be not more accepted.

Shipments from Spain to Yemen S

Hapag-Lloyd has informed:

“Owing to the current political development and the current air strikes in Yemen, transportation in and out of Yemen has been affected to a great extent. Feeder traffic has also been severely disrupted. We regret to advise that under these circumstances, acceptance of cargo bookings Shipments from Spain to Yemen has to be suspended for the time being,” the company said in an advisory.

No only Hapag, as well as all other shipping lines, have been forced to do the same.

We will keep you informed.

Please feel free to CONTACT us for any additional information about Shipments from Spain to Yemen or other information, we can handle sea, air freight and customs clearance services in Spain.

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What is EUR1?

An EUR1, is a movement certificate, that gives some countries an import discount or waiver on goods that originate in Spain or European Union that have applicable trade agreements with the countries.

The Customs & Chamber International issues this certificate.

When applying for this certificate, a Harmonised System (HS) code or Tariff Number for the products will be needed to enter on the application or your products.

It can be found on the EU’s Applied Tariffs Database.

A EUR1 application can be acquired from Chamber International in those cases you will move directly the cargo or the most common, is when your freight forwarder or customs clearance agency makes the clearance for export the cargo, they authomatically issue the certificate.


EUR1. NF Spain provide EUR1 services.

EUR 1.


To apply, along with the EUR1 application, a copy of the export invoice will be needed along with an issue fee payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive the processed certificate by mail.

The application and accompanying materials will be mailed to Chamber International, Devere House, Vicar Lane, Little Germany, Bradford BD1 5AH, West Yorkshire.

The Chamber International office will generally send the EUR1 certificate to on the same business day that it received the application.
An applicant can also apply for a retrospective EUR1, that is issued up to two years after the products are imported, with the exception of Mexico and South Korea.

NF Spain is a professional freight forwarder, customs clearance broker. We are used to issue this kind and other customs certificates.


It is important, in order to save money, hire one professional company handle in daily basis with customs and with these types of certificates, documents, to avoid delays at destination as well as don´t pay extra money at arrival of the cargo. Experience is a must with this customs documents.


We usually send copy of all documents prior clear the cargo. In that way you can check with your customer or with the customs clearance broker at destination if it is filled as destination required, then you allways avoid future problems.


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