Shipping and Removals in Italy
To streamline the process of shipping to Italy, expats need to have a detailed inventory of household items so that a reputable company can provide a comprehensive quote, based on the load size and the distance travelled (from country of origin to Italian destination).
It is advisable to get different quotes from companies that are accredited by the shipping/removal industry. There are companies that offer a 'groupage service', where possessions are allocated space in other containers. This is a cheaper option but it does mean waiting longer for goods to arrive.
It is important for expats to insure their items at the cost of around one to two percent of the total value of the goods. It is recommended to use a different company for insurance than for the one used for the process of shipping and transport.
To avoid any problems, it is important for expats to do their homework on the customs regulations pertaining to Italy before shipping their goods. Expats will need documentation that includes a passport copy, residence visa, work permit, an inventory in Italian, a fiscal number, a consular declaration, a residency certificate and a permit to stay issued by the police office's foreign nationals department.
Restricted items include all consumable goods (e.g. alcohol). New furniture and household items will be subject to duty, and the import of all electronic equipment will be subject to an Import Permit from the Italian Ministry of Posts and Communications.