Relocating is full of challenges and pitfalls, and partnering with an experienced international moving company to Italy like SDC International Shipping will help you overcome many of those problems.
International Household Moving to Italy
Italy is a wonderful place to live, and it is understandable that so many people choose it as their destination for relocation. Most people who move from the US to Italy want to bring their household items and personal goods and effects. Italy is wonderful but you have to keep in mind that some items that Americans are accustomed to may be hard to find.
First of all, you will want to take most of your furniture with you. American furniture is fantastic, high quality at reasonable prices. Many European visitors hire SDC International Shipping to ship furniture they bought while on vacation in the US back to Europe for them.
SDC specializes in international household moving to Italy, and knows exactly how to move your household to Italy while both protecting your belongings and saving you space and budget. The legs and stands of most tables and beds are carefully removed and wrapped. All wood furniture is wrapped to protect from scratches along the way.
You will want to take your personal effects with you. For your fragile items, you should rely on SDC’s professional packing service rather than packing by yourself as items that you pack yourself can’t be insured against damage. Special boxes are available for artwork and mirrors. Custom crates can be built for unusually shaped items or particularly valuable possessions that will protect your special items.
Most appliances should be left behind, and most electronics can be taken. Keep in mind that many European appliances are much smaller than their American counterparts, so if you are moving with a family, consider finding an American washing machine that will work in Italy (only do this if you already know where you will live and can verify that it will fit). Refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. should be purchased in Italy. The vast majority of electronics should work in Italy, just check to see if the electricity input of your device has 110/220 v capabilities (typically it is written something like “Input 100 – 240V”). This includes most TVs, computer monitors, and even many modern vacuum cleaners. If you’re unsure, your relocation specialist should be able to check for you.
International Car Shipping to Italy
You can ship your car to Italy, in most cases without import duties. Please ensure that your car is at least six months old and registered to you. Newer cars are subject to 22% VAT. Your name needs to appear on the vehicle’s title and registration, which will need to be provided prior to picking up your vehicle for shipment. You need to obtain your Italian residency before obtaining your Italian license plates.
The method for sending your vehicle to Italy will vary according to your point of origin, destination and the remainder of your shipment. Sometimes your vehicle will be sent with your goods, sometimes as a separate shipment.
Italian Customs and Regulations
Moving to Italy ChecklistAs a part of the EU, most of Italy’s customs and regulations are governed by the official European Customs Union policy. This website provides current official policies of Agenzia Dogane Monopoli (Italian customs authority) in English. In addition, it is a good idea to call the closest Italian consulate for clarifications of any specific questions you have.
If you are relocating to Italy, you need to check the specific import and customs regulations. For the most part, there are few problems importing used goods to Italy, and as long as what you are shipping is legal and belongs to you, it should not be difficult to import your goods. It is imperative to prepare a thorough and accurate list of the goods in your shipment. When you use SDC International Shipping’s professional packing services, this list is prepared for you, but it is still your ultimate responsibility to ensure that it accurately reflects what you are shipping. This list is also important for your shipment insurance, so it is a good idea to put the time into making an accurate list.
New furniture can be brought into the country at a low tax rate, but most new goods will be taxed at the standard 21% VAT rate.
It is important to note that if you are using mold inhibiting product or humidity preventing measures or are sending new wood (crating, pallets, etc.) that might contain these, they need to be declared and conform to Italian safety and health regulations. When you use a professional service like SDC International Shipping, all of the packaging materials are suitable for international shipments.
If you are sending a commercial shipment, you need to first obtain an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). This number is valid throughout the European Union but should be obtained from the country to which you are shipping or where you are opening an office.
International Moving to Italy Checklist
All packed and ready to go? While you are waiting for SDC International Shipping to come load your personal belongings, it is time to double check that you have prepared everything you need:
- The Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione (self certification) form for immigrants or the Dichiarazione Consolare di Rimpatrio (consular declaration of repatriation) for returning citizens, available here
- Personal documents for the whole family (birth certificates, passport, marriage or divorce certificates, driver’s license, medical records)
- Official school records – including primary school. If you are an American citizen relocating to Italy, you may one day need to present these records to prove the duration of your residency in the US in order to obtain citizenship for children or grandchildren born abroad. A little bit of extra work now can save you lots of work in a few years!
- Diplomas, professional certificates of qualifications and degrees.
International Shipping Options
Working with SDC International Shipping opens up many different options for international shipping to Italy. A detailed examination of your particular needs will help you decide upon what makes the most sense for you. Some things to consider include: the size of your shipment, the contents of your shipment, the timing of your move, and the exact location of your destination.
Options include: full container load (20’ or 40’ containers), partial containers, oversized freight for special items that don’t fit into containers, and air shipments.
SDC International Shipping is in a unique position as a large relocation service provider to offer its clients the ability to send almost any sized shipment. Decided to add a few more items? Everything doesn’t fit into one container? Not a problem. You don’t need to feel that you must limit yourself to the contents of a container.
Timing is always an important factor in choosing your shipping options. With storage facilities on both sides of the Atlantic, SDC International Shipping will work with you to time your delivery. To get shipments delivered to your destination quickly, it is necessary to order shipping as early as possible. However, if you want to take advantage of your relocation to do a grand tour of Europe or visit family and friends in the US before you depart, SDC International Shipping will plan your move with our shipping options that will make the most sense for you.
Call SDC International Moving today for a free estimate today. Call (877) 339-0267 and get your move to Italy started today!