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Has anybody brought art work and oil paint (tubes) into Spain from abroad?

I'm a hobby artist and have a lot of art i'd like to bring with me for an impending move to Spain.

But I've read a requirement of a "Special Permit" for artwork that has me concerned.
The art works would be part of our 'house hold goods'.

Oil Paint tubes are fairly benign and maybe the concern from Spain is referring to large tins of paints, or something like that?

A shipping company referred me to this and then i found this on google:
http://webportal.atlasintl.com/Customs%20Docs/spain.pdf

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Works of Art, Paintings & Antiques – duty free if shipped with HHG, require a Special Permit, antiques
must be over 100 yrs old; these items must be clearly classified upon entry to allow for later exportation
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PROHIBITED ITEMS
• Narcotics/illegal drugs of any kind
• Medication – medications can not go in cargo; must be hand carried on the plane or obtain a prescription
from a Spanish physician
• Pornography and subversive material
• Explosives, ammunitions and weapons of any kind (sport guns allowed with permissions)
• Cleaning fluids, paints and other toxic materials and/or chemicals


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Presumably you want to import them from outside the EU?

Unless you are a artist of some renown, I don't imagine bringing your own artworks will require a special permit. This law is presumably to prevent smuggling of stolen works.

Likewise I wouldn't worry about tubes of oil paint. They are unliikely to explode and emit toxic fumes in transit. You can always buy more here anyway.

I am just guessing, but surely your shipper should be able to advise you on both counts?

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We shipped from the US about 50 paintings, many of them painted by my late f-i-l plus a large oil on canvas painted in the mid 1800s by a French painter and various other works of art as part of my m-i-l's effects with no problems. Suggest you try another shipper and see what they say. We used Bekins International.

We also brought art materials - no problems, in any case, they are freely available in Spain.


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Presumably you want to import them from outside the EU?

Unless you are a artist of some renown, I don't imagine bringing your own artworks will require a special permit. This law is presumably to prevent smuggling of stolen works.

Likewise I wouldn't worry about tubes of oil paint. They are unliikely to explode and emit toxic fumes in transit. You can always buy more here anyway.

I am just guessing, but surely your shipper should be able to advise you on both counts?
The pdf document being quoted is from a shipper and over 4 years old.

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The pdf document being quoted is from a shipper and over 4 years old.
Yes, so the OP needs to ask specifically whether it will be OK to import his own paintings without a permit.

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Thanks i'll check out Bekins International.
It's difficult to get answers from the shipping company that quoted me.

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Thanks i'll check out Bekins International.
It's difficult to get answers from the shipping company that quoted me.
I would add that we found their service exceptional. They carefully packed everything, even making crates (with decent lumber - I'm still using some of it!) for individual paintings and the china (some of it 19th c. Limoges) all arrived intact.

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Has anybody brought art work and oil paint (tubes) into Spain from abroad?

I'm a hobby artist and have a lot of art i'd like to bring with me for an impending move to Spain.

But I've read a requirement of a "Special Permit" for artwork that has me concerned.
The art works would be part of our 'house hold goods'.

Oil Paint tubes are fairly benign and maybe the concern from Spain is referring to large tins of paints, or something like that?

A shipping company referred me to this and then i found this on google:
http://webportal.atlasintl.com/Customs%20Docs/spain.pdf
I shipped a lot of acrylic paints. I listed them as art supplies. No problem. I think when they say “no paints” they mean the kind of paint in cans that is toxic. Make sure you double triple wrap your paints so no leakage. Don’t bring any of the solvents. As someone mentioned, you can get supplies here. Unless you have very high quality American made paints I’d leave most of it behind. But American made paints are very expensive here. As are canvases. If you work smallish it’s not so bad.
Look at this online art supply store in Spain and see if it will meet your needs: Artemiranda
https://www.artemiranda.es/

There is also Amazon.es. If your in a big enough cities there are art supply stores.

As for your paintings, I doubt your personal paintings will matter.
There is a Facebook group called American expats in Spain and they might have further advice.

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I shipped a lot of acrylic paints. I listed them as art supplies. No problem. I think when they say “no paints” they mean the kind of paint in cans that is toxic. Make sure you double triple wrap your paints so no leakage. Don’t bring any of the solvents. As someone mentioned, you can get supplies here. Unless you have very high quality American made paints I’d leave most of it behind. But American made paints are very expensive here. As are canvases. If you work smallish it’s not so bad.
Look at this online art supply store in Spain and see if it will meet your needs: Artemiranda
https://www.artemiranda.es/

There is also Amazon.es. If your in a big enough cities there are art supply stores.

As for your paintings, I doubt your personal paintings will matter.
There is a Facebook group called American expats in Spain and they might have further advice.
Many thanks for your informative post.
Incidentally I was just going reply here asking if anybody knows an online art store.
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