Shipping Goods to Italy from the US


When shipping goods to Italy, choose which of these major ports of entry is near your place – Genoa, Leghorn, Civitavecchia or Naples. That way, you will be able to make your shipment more efficient as it will require little time and effort to get them from the port and bring them to their final destination in Italy.

Like most countries, Italy requires the following documents to accompany the shipment of household goods and personal belongings: the owner’s Work Permit, Resident Visa and Passport; Codifice Fiscale or the Fiscal Number much like the social security number in the US; a signed inventory of the shipment Visaed by the Italian Consulate; Residency Certificate which states the shipper’s city and country of residence prior to transferring to Italy, the number of family members, nationality and date of the foreigner’s residence in Italy; a certification from the nearest Italian Consulate or a Consular Declaration of the repatriation date, length of stay abroad, names of family members for Italian citizens and the customer’s Italian nationality and a permit to stay or Permesso a  Soggiorno issued by the Police Office Foreign Department.

Aside from previously-mentioned documents, non-Europeans and Non-Diplomats will have to present the Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di ceicartifzione or the Customs form which will be provided by the agent but signed by the shipper; permit to stay; summary of the contents of the shipment in Italian; Valued list of inventory also in Italian; copy of the Telespresso or diplomatic franchise issued by the diplomatic organization of the shipper in Italy and addressed to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and if the shipment includes a television then copy of the Canone TV annual subscription fee.

For as long as all the required documents are available and presented before the shipment arrives, you need not be physically present to clear you goods from the Customs.

Expatriates who intend to import used household goods in Italy can avail of the duty-free importation provided he has owned and possessed the goods for one year, or a minimum of 18 months for Italian citizens. However, such household goods and personal effects should be shipped to Italy within six months from the arrival of the expatriate or returning Italian and they should not be resold in Italy.

Not all household goods and personal effects are however duty-free when imported to Italy. Italy’s Customs will slap duties and taxes on the importation of new household good items, new furniture, wedding trousseaux and souvenirs. If you’re shipping electronic equipment to Italy then be prepared to get an Import Permit from the Italian Ministry of Posts and Communications. Otherwise, they will not be cleared by the Italian Customs. Your personal carpets, works of art or even pictures and antiques will require not only a special Import Permit from the Fine Arts authorities but you also have to pay extra for them.

Italians are big on sanitation so your shipment, whether by air or sea, should also include a certification that they do not include moisture-absorbing bags or other products against humidity and mold. And if they are indeed included in the shipment, they have to be declared and should come with certificates on the analysis on product composition including the absence of dimethyl fumarate.

You must also secure an authorization before you import new furniture and pay the required 2.2% duty based on the value of the furniture and the shipment cost and the 20% VAT based on the value of the furniture, plus the insurance and shipment cost and the duty.

There are many documentary requirements when importing household goods and personal effects to Italy. Most of these are quite simple and are usually required by Customs in other countries although you may find them quite challenging because of the Italian terms. To make your importation sweat-free and fast, make sure you get some of your documents translated to Italian. Better yet, get an international shipping agency that is regarded as an expert in Italian Customs procedure.

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