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Shipping Packages to the Canary Islands - New Information

By Sue Richards last modified Jul 30, 2012 09:05 AM

Published: 2012-07-30 09:05:04
Countries: Canary Islands

Received from Mindelo on 18th July 2012

I followed Philip Stewart's recommandations to receive a package in Las Palmas.

Unfortunately, MBE does not accept packages anymore.

The best way is to ask the shipping compagny to deliver the package to the yacht harbour (puerto deportivo). But you must previously go to the customs office and ask for a NIF (fiscal number for residents) or register your passport (non residents).

Duty: It varies. The implementation of the rules depend on the local background. I received (with agent) a new mast in Lanzarote without paying any taxe and the package in Las Palmas costed me 5% local VAT (IGIC).

Report originally posted 2nd December 2011

UPS delivers to the Canary Islands. Their service is fast and reliable into Gran Canaria. The following process will circumvent the problems and delays that I encountered in receiving our package.

Use the address for Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE). The Las Palmas marina will give you their address, but they will NOT sign for any packages. MBE's address is:

  • Your Name
    * Boat Name
    * C/. Leon y Castillo 82 bajo No. 3
    * 35003 Las Palmas
    * Canary Islands

Once you have placed your order and you get the tracking number, go to Mail Boxes Etc. They will send a copy of your boat papers and passport to both the Madrid and the Canary Island customs. Be sure to have "Yacht in Transit" prominently displayed on the package as well as access to a list of the contents.

Track the packages progress and go to Mail Boxes Etc. to pick it up.

There will be a small agent charge that can be paid at MBE.

Philip Stewart

(Editor's note: DHL has been recommended as a company that delivers well to the marina and tend to be prompt and reliable. Cruisers advise it's best to avoid using TNT. The ARC rally organisers advise that in general, if what you are shipping is small, light and not hugely valuable, you are better off posting it direct to the marina with the wording "yacht in transit". If it's not, use a Customs Agents, but check with them first that this is possible before using their address on any shipment.)