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Manila South port temporary closed


Carriers have notified us stop accepting bookings to Manila South temporarily with inmediate effect, due to the port congestion.

All cargo will be discharged at Manila North Harbour.

Once the service to Manila South will be again aviable we will inform you.


Manila south port temporary closed

Don’t doubt contact us for any additional information.


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24th June Holiday day in Barcelona

We inform you our company will be close 24th June,  due local Holiday in Barcelona.

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

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Temporary Importation and Exportation

In the world of international business, it’s common place that some products, information and data can be restricted by the country it comes from as well as countries that may be receiving the material or goods. The reasons can vary from protecting local markets to preventing sensitive materials from being sold to the wrong parties outside. However, governments also understand that laws can often cover too much, making beneficial markets suffer. So a loophole is often created in the form of a temporary exportation/importation approval.

A temporary exportation allows a person or company to take restricted goods and materials out of a country for a temporary use and return. Commonly requested items can involve displays, samples, presentations, data and similar type products for conferences, research, trade shows and similar. The approach allows businesses to still develop trade and commerce while staying within the general rules of allowed exportation defined by the company’s government.

A temporary importation involves the other side of the picture, temporarily allowing a restricted item or product into a country for a short time window. Again, the common examples include trade and conference displays, research products and similar. However, the difference in this case is that the paperwork and permitting has to be obtained from the country being entered. And each country has its own list of allowed entry products, which can differ greatly from others as well as the country the product is coming from.


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Harmonized System Codes (HS CODE)

Harmonzied System Codes (or HS Codes) is an internationally standardized system to keep track of trade products. It is a system of both numbers and names, and came into effect in 1988.

It is developed and maintained by the World Custom Organization (WCO), which was formerly known as the Customs Co-Operation Council.

Those party to the HS convention are obligated to base their tariff schedule using HS nomenclature, although they set their own rates of duty. The code itself can be up to 10 digits long. The first four digits are known as the heading, and comprise of the most general categories. More specific categories are added two digits at a time, for either six or eight digit codes at the tariff-level line. The final two digits are optional, and can be used as statistic reporting numbers if desired, to bring the code up to 10.


All existing products can be classified using HS codes by using the General Rules of Interpretation. The code to use for each product can be found either through research of the product’s form or function. For products that cannot be classified using current codes, there is an “other” classification that encompasses all products under the header and sub-header.

Classification of products also determines licensing requirements and the duties paid. A small difference in classification can lead to a large different in the duties that have to be paid.

For any doubt about the HS code of the cargo you need to import or export to Spain, please don`t doubt contact us.

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Types of Sea Freight Containers

According to the international shipping federation, nearly 90 % of the trade in the world is transported by the international shipping industry. There are 50,000 ships engaged in transporting goods from one country to another. The amount of sea freight transportation continues to grow. Sea freighters use an assortment of container types.

Colored Cargo Containers NF Spain

Dry Containers

The most common type of container used is dry containers.

They are used to ship a variety of nonperishable goods.

These containers are usually made of steel, they are square and range from 20 to 40 feet in length and are easy to stack. There are differend types of dry containers.


Liquid Containers

This type of container consist of two parts a drum or barrel and a dry container.

Both non-toxic and toxic liquids are placed in the drum or barrel.

Once the barrel is full it is usually placed in a dry container for added protection and stack ability.

Samples of cargo can be shipped is: oil, gas, …..



This type of container is used to ship items that need climate-control such as perishable items most of the time the items are frozen this allows the items to maintain their freshness for up to a month.

Climate control containers are also used to ship artifacts, frozen meat, and other perishable items.

Reefers are also square and easy to stack.


Any other doubt about containers or freight forwarder business, please dont doubt contact us. 

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What is an AWB (Airway Bill)?

An AWB is airway bill, also known as an air consignment note.

AWBs are receipts for goods issued by an international airline.

The main functions of AWBs are to serve as contracts of carriage, evidence of receipt of goods, freight bills, certificates of insurances, and customs declarations.

Airway bills are one of the most important documents issued by an airplane carrier or by a carrier agent.

This type of bill is non-negotiable and covers the transportion of cargo from one airport to another.

AWBs contain 11 digits which can be used to book shipments, check deliveries and pinpoint the current status of a piece of cargo.

A standard airway bill contains a unique eleven digit number, the carrier’s name, the head office mailing address, and the logo of carrier.

All airway bills end in a number below six and the notes come in sets of eight different colors.

The top copy of the AWB are called the “original” and is usually green.

Under the “original” is consignee’s note. This piece is usually pink. The next note is the shipper’s copy and is typically blue. Under the shipper’s note is a yellow copy- that is the delivery receipt, also known as the proof of purchase. The bottom three sheets are white.

If you have any questions about AWB or AIR CARGO please contact us.

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What is an ATA carnet?

What is an ATA carnet?

The ATA Carnet is an international customs document used to ship temporarily goods between two or more countries without payment of normally applicable duties and taxes, including value-added taxes. 

If for some reason you dont re-export all goods listed on the ATA Carnet, you must pay the applicable duties.

The word ATA means “Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission.”


Why an ATA carnet?

Ata Carnet. The best way to move cargo between countries without paying duties

One of the most important documents that you need when shipping or transporting something is an ATA carnet. These are accepted in 83 countries and territories around the globe, making it easy to ship with ease.

The simple explanation of an ATA carnet is that it is a document that helps with international customs as well as imports/exports. Customs can be cleared with this document without having to pay duties or import taxes on the merchandise, as long as it will be re-exported within 12 months.

There are new countries added to the ATA carnet system each year, making it more affordable than ever to import and export around the globe. While it does last for 12 months, there are also extensions that can be obtained periodically.

Whether it is a trade show exhibit, a sample of something, or it is for professional equipment, it may be advantageous to have an ATA carnet in your possession. The more you know about them, the more they can help you – and save you money.


Example of an ATA carnet


Imagine you are a producer of motorbikes in US. And you want to go a fair in Spain, and the cargo will come back once the fair will finish. The ATA Carnet form will help you avoid loose time with customs formalities, pay duties and have a fast entry at Spain.

Spain freight forwarder will make customs clearance only with the ATA Carnet. No more document will need to proceed.
Once the fair has finished, same ATA Carnet document has to be presented to the customs in Spain to be re-exported. Customs will have the option to make the inspection of all the cargo to check if all the listed goods match with the ATA Carnet. Once checked and all is ok the cargo can departure. If not, import duties will be charged to the issue of ATA Carnet.


How to obtain one?


There is a four-step process involved with obtaining an ATA document. Once you have one, it doesn’t expire, so you can go through the process just once. It can be done entirely online, which can save you time through the application system. There is no renewal process involved, so it’s one of those documents that make it a must-have when you are in the import and export industry.

You can watch the video from the International Chamber of Commerce, or check how to obtain the ATA Carnet online.

If you have an ATA form in place, the documentation becomes a lot easier, getting your items through customs quickly.

If you have any doubt or you need a freight forwarder in Spain to handle your ATA Carnet please don’t doubt to contact us.

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10 Documents used for Export to Spain.

There are several documents required for export to Spain.

One original of a commercial invoice, original Certificate of Origen or Form A (if needed), and one bill of lading must be submitted for all shipments export to Spain

Other certificates are also required for pharmaceuticals, perishable food, animals, plants, and certain medical products.

The 10 documents most used for export to Spain are:



Regardless of value, commercial invoices detailing the business transactions between exporter and importer are required for shipments subject to import duty.  All charges including insurance and shipping must be listed on the invoice, and INCOTERM has to be indicated.

The commercial invoice is a key document used by custom officials for valuation, duty determination and control.  For certain transactions, including textiles, sample items and software, additional details are needed.



The Certificate of Origin (CO) certifies the country where the product was manufactured.  Details on the CO must be consistent with those found on the commercial invoice.  Shipments that may qualify as duty-free under trade agreements such as EFTA (European Free Trade Association), SPG (System of Generalized Preferences) and LOMA require a Certificate of Origin.  All textiles require a CO and may also need an import permit.



bill of lading needed when export to Spain

NFS bill of lading


is a contract for the transport of goods and document of title to them, which provides all the information the carrier needs for proper transporting.  The information includes shipment origin, contract terms, contact information for consignor and consignee, description and quantity of the goods and routing instructions.  It also includes terms of the contract between the shipper and the carrier to convey the goods to the buyer.

This document in a must in any export to Spain.

An ocean bill of lading doubles as a receipt for the cargo and as a contract for transportation between exporter and carrier.

A waybill is issued in place of a bill of lading when transporting by air. It covers the movement of goods by the domestic and international flights.

Other documents that may be required for exporting products to Spain are the following.



Sanitary Certificates are required to import plants, plant products, seeds, animals, parts of animals, meat products, seafood and sea life.  The regulations for importing these items are established by the EU Commission. It is important when you export to Spain have this sanitary certificate, otherwise the product will not be allowed to entry to the European Comunity.



These are required for drugs and specified sanitary products export to Spain.  A product analysis issued by the manufacturer will suffice.




Certificate of Compliance issued by the Marine Authority (Ministry of Transport) is required to bring ocean-going vessels into Spain.  To obtain the certificate, the manufacturer of the vessel must establish sea-worthiness.

Dangerous Goods Certificate is necessary for certain products including chemicals, liquors and perfumes.

Import License is used to control goods having import quotas.

EUR 1 Form may be required for goods claiming special tax treatment under EU agreements with specific countries.


If you are going to export to Spain any kind of  cargo, Contact us first for assistance with customs clearance.

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Standard Dimensions for Shipping Cargo by Air or Sea

Cargo shipments can be sent via the air or by sea.

Shipping large cargo or extra-sizes takes extensive paperwork, time and necessary licenses.

Its important in order to avoid extra-expences and extra work, try to pack the shipments with regular sizes.

For sure there are cargo you can not pack in different ways, but for those can adapt to the standard dimensions, consider the sizes we detail next:


Shipping Cargo by Sea

If you are trying to ship a pallet across oceans by sea, you need to make note of the weight and size of the shipment.

A six meter long regular container (20′) can accept interior sizes of 2,3 meters high x 2,3 meters width. This sizes also are for the 12 meters long containers (40′).

Consider in order to avoid extra handling charges at forwarder / handling warehouse not exceed 1,545 kilograms.

Ask us, other ways to ship if you have more than this sizes / weight.

Standard dimensions cargo shipping

Shipping Cargo by Air

If you are shipping cargo by air, the minimum height on a passenger plane is from 1.4 to 1.6 meters high, while the maximum height on a pallet on a cargo airplane (freightner) is 2.4 meters high.

To calculate the air freight volume multiply the length of the pallet by its width, then by its height in inches–then divided by 366. Then, to convert the actual weight in pounds into kilograms, divide the total pounds by 2.2046.

If you need to ship large cargo, make sure your shipment meets the necessary weight and size measurements, or ask us the way can be shipped.


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Air Cargo: Five Groups of Items that Require Special Permission

Air cargo has revolutionized the transportation and logistics industries.

There’s no denying the benefits of Air Freight, which include speed, safety and more. And though the benefits are large in number, there are several items that cannot be shipped via this means of transportation without first getting special approval.

They are inside of the considered Dangerous cargo goods and it is important to note that air cargo restrictions are determined by law as well as company regulations.

Air Cargo: Five Groups of Items that Require Special Permission

For the most part, the five following groups of items cannot be shipped unless special approval has been obtained.

1) Only lighters that don’t contain unabsorbed liquid fuel can be brought on cargo flights. Lighter fuel and lighter refills are not permitted. In addition, firearms and ammunition cannot be shipped unless permission has been acquired.

2) Alcohol cannot be shipped if it’s not in its original retail package. In addition, if the alcohol content is below 24 percent or above 70 percent, it cannot be shipped without permission.

3) Flammable liquids, including camphor oil, gasoline, turpentine, paint, and engine starting fluid all need special permission before being able to be shipped.

4) Lab chemicals, oxidizers, sulfuric acid, corrosive items, organic peroxides, and potassium permanganate require special permission.

5) Never are non-prescribed narcotics, as well as any type of psychotropic drug, including cocaine, methamphetamine, opium, marijuana, morphine and heroin allowed to be shipped.
When a person chooses to take advantage of air cargo, it’s important to make sure the item(s) being shipped won’t violate any domestic or international shipping laws. In addition, the person needs to contact an air cargo company of his or her choice and ask about any items that are restricted.

If you need ship  one of these goods and need a Spain freight forwarder can handle, NF Spain can offer you air cargo.


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