Guide to Sending Parcels to Italy

Italy, known for its high fashion and inimitable style, refined cuisine, and fast motor cars is also one of Europe's major industrial and economic powers.

Italians love to shop, and they have readily taken to the internet to buy abroad to the tune of $15.8 billion USD in 2019. And it is expected to grow at 10% per year for the next several years.

Say, Buon giorno, to doing business in Italy!

Information on this page came from Italian Customs and European Union sources

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Mar 2, 2020
8:49 am
MILAN, MI, IT
Delivered
Mar 1, 2020
7:18 am
ROME, RO, IT
In transit
Feb 29, 2020
9:03 pm
VENICE, VE, IT
International Clearance
Feb 29, 2020
8:14 am
FLORENCE, FL, IT
In transit
Feb 29, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Feb 28, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Italy before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.


Shipping Documents Only Image to Italy

Documents Only

Shipping documents to Italy can be done duty and tax free providing they have no commercial value.

Some typical examples of shipped documents include:

  • Bids or proposals for work or contracts
  • Company newsletters with no commercial value used for internal communication
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's Licences
  • Examination Papers
  • Visa Applications

Some items have limitations or criteria in order to be considered documents. They are shown in the table below.

Document Type Restriction
Airline tickets Must be validated
Annual reports For shareholders or intercompany use only
Blueprints Must have no commercial value and are for intercompany use or as a bid invitation (for example, architectural plans for an EU contract)
Brochures Must be for intercompany use or for non-commercial purposes
Business cards A maximum of 15 business cards allowed
Cheques Only personalised cheques allowed
Credit cards Must be personalised
Event tickets

Tickets for football (soccer) matches, concerts, or stage performances may be sent, but to a maximum of 20 kg per shipment

Tickets shipped from a printing company to ticket sales office or an organiser of an event may not be sent as documents

Examination Papers Considered a document if shipped in an express envelope or letter pack
Greeting Cards and Invitations

Only considered documents if personalised

Non-personalised invitations and greeting cards require an invoice

Manuals (Technical) Only the appropriate number of manuals is allowed
Intercompany Data on CD-Rom/Disc CD-ROMs and discs with invoices must be declared VAT may apply if the value exceeds €22 (about $33 CDN)
Negatives

Only negatives, slides or print films being sent to a press or publishing agency are allowed

If the items have had value added through press or editorial charges, they then require an invoice

Newsletters Considered documents if they are intercompany shipments for intercompany use Note: Shipments from a publisher or printing company are non-documents
Newspapers Must be for non-commercial purposes
Stationery Must be personalised and an appropriate amount for non-commercial use
Traveller's Cheques Only allowed if personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA

Shipping Gifts to Italy

Shipping Gifts

Shipping a gift from Canada to someone living in Italy can be done duty and tax free if the value of the gift (excluding shipping and insurance costs) is less than €45 (about $67 CDN).

Gifts of alcoholic drinks, eau de toilette and perfumes, and tobacco and tobacco products will incur excise taxes.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Shipping a gift from an individual in Canada to an individual in Italy will be duty free under the following conditions:

  • The words "Gift Shipment" or "Unsolicited Gift" are included on the commercial invoice (see sample)
  • The gift has been sent without any expectation of payment
  • The gift is intended for family or personal use
  • The gift is of an occasional nature, not a regular event
  • The shipment has a value of less than €45 (about $67 CDN)

For a shipment valued between €45 and €700 (about $1045 CDN), a duty of 2.5% will be charged on the value of the goods. And VAT will be applied at the rate of 22%.

NOTE: Tobacco products are not eligible for the 2.5% flat-rate duty. They will incur an excise tax.

Shipments from Business-to-business

Shipments from a business in Canada to one in Italy will incur a VAT charge when it enters Italy.

Shipments From a Business-to-Individual

No information regarding gifts shipped from a business to an individual is available at this time.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Sending Multiple Gifts to Italy

Be sure to:

  • Words "Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package" appear in General Description of Goods as well as the Detailed description of goods (see sample)
  • Individually wrap and tag each gift separately
  • Ensure the names on each tag are different and clearly marked on the commercial invoice

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/taxation/vat/cross-border-vat/index_it.htm#outsidetheeubuygoods
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/-/faq-dogane-accise#esp


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Italy

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects can be shipped to Italy from Canada duty free under the following conditions:

  • You have lived outside of Italy for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Your personal effects have been in use by you for at least 6 months
  • Household goods are to arrive within 6 months of you establishing your residence in Italy

Do Not Ship

Ensure that none of the following is in your shipment:

  • Tobacco, cigarettes and cigars
  • Wine and spirits
  • Food
  • Animal skins
  • Medicines and drugs
  • Cordless electronics, including walkie-talkies

Document Checklist

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list in English or Italian - Be sure to completely describe any artwork and antiques
  • Customs Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione, completed and signed by owner of the goods
  • Permit to stay released by the Questura Police Office (non-diplomats)
  • Copy of residence certificate or receipt from the Italian City Hall of the city you are going to live in

Moving Temporarily

Students

If you are moving to Italy to study at a university, you can ship your personal effects duty and tax free. Your shipment may include new goods.

NOTE: Medications CANNOT be shipped within the parcel. You must carry them into the country on your person.

Document Checklist

  • A confirmation from the university stating that you are enrolled there to study
  • Copy of passport
  • Flight ticket
  • Detailed list of contents of the shipment, including monetary values

Moving Permanently

Italian citizens returning to live in Italy may ship personal effects duty free providing:

  • The household goods are for personal use only
  • Have been owned for at least 6 months
  • The items arrive in Italy within 12 months that the person has declared residence in Canada

Document Checklist

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading or airway bill
  • Packing list
  • Copy of residence certificate from the Italian City Hall of the city where you will be living

Sources:
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/-/faq-dogane-accise#esp
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/servizi/italiani-all-estero/assistenzacittadiniestero/rimpatri.html
https://www.poste.it/faq-spedizioni-e-consegne.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Italy

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Foodstuffs up to a value of €45 (about $67 CDN) can be shipped to Italy duty and tax free.

You May Ship

  • Caviar, up to a maximum of 125 g
  • No more than 2 kg of powdered milk for babies, food for children and food required for medical reasons (These items must be shelf-stable, commercially produced and unopened)
  • Fish, providing it is gutted and not more than 20 kg
  • Bread and biscuits
  • Chocolate and candies
  • Pasta and noodles, providing they are not mixed with meat
  • Salmon eggs as part of tinned paté not exceeding 20 kg
  • Small quantities of fresh or dried fruits and vegetables

*These conditions apply: The foods are a commercial, shelf-stable product in an unopened container labelled with a registered trademark.

Do Not Ship

  • Meat and products containing meat
  • Milk and dairy products and foods prepared with either of these

Sources:
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/documents/20182/909438/Travellers_customs-charter_4sett2019_website.pdf/d3a12aa4-c78f-4a89-9ca6-66a4275d801e

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Italy

Samples

Samples with no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale, may be shipped to Italy duty and tax free if their only purpose is to demonstrate a product.

The following conditions apply:

  • Write 'no a la vente' (Not for Sale) on the merchandise
  • The samples are to be rendered unusable by one of the following methods: perforated, cut, or marked with indelible ink
  • The number of samples shipped is reasonable for the purpose

Product samples with commercial value may be shipped to Italy, but a security must be paid. The amount required is the value of the duties and taxes plus 10% (this could be in the form of cash or a bond).

Conditions

Samples with commercial value must follow the conditions below:

  • Stay in Italy for no more than 1 year.
  • Have a certificate of origin.
  • Arrive with a descriptive list of each sample (weight and value), preferably in Italian.
  • Are accompanied with a statement that declares the samples are intended for demonstration purposes only and will be returned to Canada without being sold. (This document must be notarised by an Italian consulate.)
  • Are not to be sold, used for monetary gain, or utilized except as part of a demonstration.

NOTE
Samples with a value of greater than €2,582 (about $3,850 CDN) require the services of an Italian freight forwarder.

Sources:
https://import-export.societegenerale.fr/en/country/italy/regulations-customs
https://it.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/67/2016/10/Italy-2016-CCG.pdf
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN-IT/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32015R2446&from=IT

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Italy

Advertising Material

Advertising and promotional materials can be sent to Italy from Canada exempt from duties and taxes providing the material itself is not sold.

Advertising items include:

  • Catalogues
  • Price lists
  • Advertising posters
  • Calendars
  • Photographs
  • Films

Document Checklist

  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Write 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' on the commercial invoice in the general description of goods

Sources:
https://import-export.societegenerale.fr/en/country/italy/regulations-customs
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN-IT/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32015R2446&from=IT

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Italy

Repairs

Shipping products to Italy for repair is a fairly straightforward process and is exempt from duties and taxes under the inward processing rules of the European Union.

Inward processing means goods from outside the EU brought into the EU to have work done on them, such as repairs.

Items Under Warranty

As Italy and Canada have a free-trade agreement (CETA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Italy are duty-free and will not be charged GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment repaired in Italy and returning to Canada will be charged GST on the value of the repair and on any new parts required to complete the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Italy

When sending equipment for repair to Italy, include the following information on the shipment:

  • Write 'REPAIR & RETURN' on the commercial invoice under General Description or Remarks
  • Indicate the Serial/Product number under the Detailed Description of Goods section on the commercial invoice
  • Include a copy of the Repair Contract with all your export documentation

Returning Product After Repairs are Completed

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is being returned to Italy, ensure to do the following:

  • Write 'REPAIR & RETURN' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section
  • Indicate the value of the product INCLUDING the cost of the repair under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Italy

Be sure to write the necessary information on the commercial invoice according to the document checklist below.

Document Checklist

  • Commercial Invoice must clearly state 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section

Sources:
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/-/faq-dogane-accise#perf_att
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/inward-processing_en
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN-IT/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32015R2446&from=IT

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Amedeo Avogadro
Corso S. Maurizio, 8
10124, Torino, TO
Italy


Phone: +39 011 815 3611
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Feb 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
    Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Italy

    Temporary Imports

    Goods shipped to Italy that will be returned to Canada are called temporary imports and qualify for entry without payment of duties or taxes.

    Temporary imports will be allowed to stay in Italy up to 24 months, but for some products the time limit will be less.

    Goods that are often part of a temporary import include:

    • Materials and goods to be used for entertainment or during a public exhibition such as a trade show booth
    • Items that will be used or displayed at a fair, exhibition or event
    • Commercial samples
    • Scientificand professional equipment
    • Equipment required to evaluate and test the operation of other goods and equipment
    • Tools and specialised equipment required for repairing, exploring, producing or manufacturing

    Temporary admissions are expected to follow the rules below:

    • The goods will be returned to Canada unchanged aside from normal wear-and-tear
    • If they remain in Italy, then duties and VAT must be paid

    Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

    In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Italy, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

    Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a Commercial Invoice (CI). More details below.


    Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying Duties and taxes
    1 Commercial Invoice Only
    +
    A Unique Way to Identify the Goods (This may be done with trademarks, serial numbers, registration numbers or photographs)
    High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
    2 Commercial Invoice
    +
    ATA Carnet
    +
    A Unique Way to Identify the Goods
    Very Low


    1. Complete a Commercial Invoice Only


    This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

    NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL), nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.


    2. CI + an ATA Carnet

    This option is great for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

    In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

    ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of this article. You can however, contact your local chamber of commerce and they will be able to guide you along. You can also find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/


    In addition to the 2 options listed above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

    • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, allowing for normal wear and tear; maintenance and minor repairs are allowed under certain conditions
    • Stay no longer than 24 months in Italy

    NOTE:

    • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently
    • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature, however FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of a temporary nature.


    Document Checklist

    • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import' including the return date. This must be written in the General Description section
    • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)

    Sources:
    https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/-/ammissione-temporanea-1-ammissione-temporanea

     

    Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

    Ship To Invoice
    Amedeo Avogadro
    Corso S. Maurizio, 8
    10124, Torino, TO
    Italy


    Phone: +39 011 815 3611
    Carrier tracking number: 736534736
    General Description:
    Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

    Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
    Customs Broker: UPS
    Date: 28 Feb 2020
    QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
    1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

    CA $1032.00
    Terms of Sale: None
    Total number of packages: 1
    Reason for export: Temporary Imports
    Contact Name: James Smith
    Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
    Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
    Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



    Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Italy

    Permanent/Sold Goods

    Occasional Shipper

    If you ship occasionally to Italy (i.e. items you sold on eBay), there isn't too much you need to do. You will need to:

    • Include 3 copies of the Commercial Invoice with your shipment
    • Provide a detailed description of the goods on the Commercial Invoice (in order to avoid customs delays)

    NOTE
    An Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is NOT needed if you are shipping as a private individual.


    Regular Shipper

    If you regularly sell and ship goods to Italy, we recommend you consult a licensed customs broker in Italy.

    You may need to comply with certain requirements, such as obtaining an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

    Duties and taxes will have to be paid by the importer. These will be calculated on the value of the goods plus shipping and insurance costs.


    Sources:
    https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/-/faq-dogane-accise#esp
    https://www.centroconsumatori.tn.it/139d977.html

    Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

    Ship To Invoice
    Amedeo Avogadro
    Corso S. Maurizio, 8
    10124, Torino, TO
    Italy


    Phone: +39 011 815 3611
    Carrier tracking number: 736534736
    General Description:
    Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

    Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
    Customs Broker: UPS
    Date: 28 Feb 2020
    QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
    15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

    CA $132.00
    Terms of Sale: None
    Total number of packages: 1
    Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
    Contact Name: James Smith
    Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
    Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
    Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Italy. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Italy, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Certain goods may be prohibited from entering Italy while others may enter with conditions (they are restricted). Prohibitions and restrictions are in place to protect public health and safety.

Prohibited Items

  • Meat and Products containing meat
  • Milk and Dairy products
  • Foods prepared with either Milk or Dairy
  • Weapons such as firearms, knives, and swords
  • Counterfeited goods and items that infringe on intellectual property rights
  • Drugs, psychotropic and doping substances
  • Tobacco and tobacco products (cannot be purchased from within Italy over the internet but are allowed to be carried in by travellers)

Restricted Items

  • Alcohol and alcoholic beverages
  • Caviar (maximum of 125 g)
  • Salmon eggs as part of tinned paté (maximum of 20 kg)
  • Powdered milk for babies, children's food, and food required for medical purposes (a maximum of 2 kg)
  • Fresh and dried vegetable products (for personal use only)
  • Products made from protected species (i.e. elephant tusks, ivory, coral, reptile leather, furs, etc.)
  • Non-meat animal products
  • Some animals such as fish, frogs, & tortoises
  • Protected species such as parrots, lizards, snakes, etc
  • Some species of plants such as cacti and orchids
  • Alcohol and alcoholic beverages restrictions:

Sources:
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/documents/20182/909438/Travellers_customs-charter_4sett2019_website.pdf/d3a12aa4-c78f-4a89-9ca6-66a4275d801e
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/ee/citizen/internet-purchases

Duty & Taxes

Import duties and taxes in Italy are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Using the CIF value, you can predict how much the duties and taxes a recipient in Italy will have to pay on a shipment from Canada.


Thresholds

Italy has de minimis values for taxes and duties. This means that a shipment with a CIF value below €22 (about $33 CDN) incurs no VAT charges, and if the shipment is below €150 (about $225 CDN), no customs duties are charged.


Alcoholic beverages, perfumes, and eau de toilette are always subject to VAT, duties, and excise taxes.

Currency Euro (€)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) € 150
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 22% (Standard)
4%,5% and 10% (Reduced)
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€ 22
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

The EU and Canada are covered by The Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). This means that most trade duties between Canada and Italy have been eliminated.



  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • BeerStandard rate: €2.99 (about $4.50 CDN) per 100 litres*
  • Spirits0%
  • Wines0%
  • TobaccoVariable*
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

*For independent small breweries producing up to 10,000 hectolitres per year, the duty is €1.794 per 100 litres (about $2.70 CDN)

*Click here for details

Sources:
https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2017/september/tradoc_156056.pdf
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/documents/20182/909438/Travellers_customs-charter_4sett2019_website.pdf/d3a12aa4-c78f-4a89-9ca6-66a4275d801e
https://www.adm.gov.it/portale/ee/citizen/internet-purchases
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/tedb/taxDetails.html?id=371/1546297200
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/tedb/taxDetails.html?id=4095/1561932000
https://www.pd-promex.it/it/documenti-mercati-esteri/CETASchedaSinteticaICECanada9.2017.pdf/view

Italy Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

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Questions about Shipping to Italy



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