I’m asked periodically about a new measure introduced in February by the Canarian Government’s Hacienda minister, Rosa Dávila, which made any online orders worth under €150 exempt from the Documento Único Administrativo (DUA), a customs charge imposed by delivery firms “importing” to the Canaries. Dávila announced the measure to the regional Parliament on 17 February, saying that the Canarian Government would modify the legislative reglamento “this very week”.
Despite the good news being widely reported, however, the measure appears still not to be in force, and people are routinely charged import tax for anything over €22 – the current maximum amount that’s exempt, with the tax sometimes far exceeding the original value of the goods being delivered. What is worse, there does not even seem to be any chance of it being in force in the near future.
The Canarian Government has blamed the political stalemate in Madrid, where the failure of two elections this year to produce a Government has stalled legislation, including the necessary approval of the regional amendment of article 105 of the Reglamento of “gestión de los tributos derivados del REF” (Régimen Económico Fiscal canario). The Canarian Government says that it is nonetheless still working to try to bring the measure into force, with measures officially put in motion in May and announced in the BOC HERE, but as to when they will be processed, let alone come into force, no-one yet knows.