The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Italy.Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Italian Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Italy, The following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Passport (copy)
  • Residence Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Inventory in Italian, signed by Customer and Visaed by Italian Consulate
  • Fiscal Number (Codice Fiscale, equivalent to an American social security number)
  • Consular Declaration released by the nearest Italian Consulate, certifying the length of stay abroad, the repatriation date, the Italian nationality of the Customer, and the names of the family members (for Italian citizens only)
  • Residency Certificate stating number of members in the family, nationality, city and country from which he’s transferring his residence, and date of residence in Italy (for foreigners only)
  • “Permesso a  Soggiorno” (permit to stay) by Police Office Foreign Department

When shipping goods overseas to Italy, The following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • If all documents are in order and available prior to arrival of the shipment, Customer MAY NOT have to be present at time of Customs clearance
  • Used household goods are usually duty-free if owned for one year, (18 months if Italian citizen), are not for resale and are imported within six months of Customer’s arrival

When shipping goods overseas to Italy, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • All consumable goods (including alcohol)
  • New furniture, new household good items, wedding trousseaux, souvenirs and precious metal objects are subject to duty
  • All electronic equipment (radio, TV, VCR, etc.) require an Import Permit from the Italian Ministry of Posts and Communications
    • Without an Import Permit, above items cannot clear Customs
  • Antiques, pictures, works of art, carpets etc. require Fine Arts inspection and special Import Permit from the Fine Arts authorities at extra cost, payable by Customer

When shipping goods overseas to Italy, The following items are prohibited from entry into the country:

  • Firearms, ammunition and combat knives (including ornamental weapons) can be imported with a special permit obtained from the Police Office. They must be clearly declared on the inventory with make, type and serial number, and must not be included in the same container as the household goods
  • Pornographic material
  • Tobacco products and cigarettes
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Animal skins
  • Plants and vegetable products require a Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Liquors
  • Perfumes

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Italy, The following documents and regulations will apply:

  • Non-Italians may import one auto duty-free, provided that proof of ownership and use for at least one year is obtained by means of Certificate of Origin
  • Italian citizens must prove residence abroad for more than 18 months in order to import a vehicle. Vehicles imported duty-free must not be sold for a minimum of one year
  • Importing new vehicles is discouraged
  • Restrictions apply to autos over 2,000cc
  • Documents required:
    • Ownership Title
    • Registration Card and manufacturer’s data
    • Valid Insurance onto National Territory
    • Certificate or Card Above MUST be original documents – notarized copies are NOT accepted

Moving Pets to Italy: The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Dogs, cats and birds may be imported -Dogs must bear a leash and muzzle
  • A Certificate of Origin and Health is required
  • Certificate must be in Italian and language of origin and must state characteristics of the animal


The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.