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Moving to Italy

Italy is a country with a unique blend of rich history, stunning natural beauty, and a vibrant modern culture, making it an attractive destination for many people. Italy offers a wide range of opportunities for those who want to experience its world-renowned cuisine, art, music, and architecture. It is a land of picturesque towns and cities, rolling hills, vineyards, and sandy beaches. The country is also known for its excellent healthcare system, well-developed infrastructure, and high-quality education. Italy is a welcoming and friendly country, and its people are known for their passion and zest for life. All these factors make Italy a desirable place to live, work, and enjoy a high quality of life, and it is no wonder that many people choose to move there every year.

Contact us now and let us know what you want to start shipping to Italy. We have the means and help you need in order to complete the process properly. Universal Relocations can easily help you relocate fast and in a meaningful way without any effort. We understand all the potential challenges and problems that can appear from relocating, and we are always here to ensure that you can get all the support you need. Get in touch with us and let us help you move from the USA to Italy today!

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IMPORT DUTIES AND TARRIFS

Whether a tariff applies when importing your household belongings into the country, is a top concern when moving. Fortunately, you can bring all of your normal household goods with you during your move – without paying any import duty, tariff or tax. That’s provided your items are at least 12 months old and have been used by you in your previous place of residence for the space of one year. You’re also required to live outside of Italy’s borders for the past year before importing your goods, if you wish them to be exempt from all added duty and tax.


NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

Additionally, Italy has new health and safety regulations regarding humidity and mold inhibiting products being included in your shipment. If your container has these included (such as moisture absorbing bags or mold growth retardation bags) – these must be declared. You must also provide an official certificate that states what these products are made of, and that they are free of dimethyl fumarate. This certificate must be from an accredited UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 facility and you may need to provide a legalized translation into Italian for this certificate as well


EORI NUMBER

Foreign diplomats are granted duty free entry

Required Documents
Also, be aware that due to changes in EU import laws, you must have an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number. If you fail to obtain this, your shipment will be unable to pass through Italian customs



ELIGIBILITY FOR EXEMPTION

Being eligible for the import duty exemption isn’t enough – you must provide customs with the proper paperwork showing that this is the case. Additional documentation is also required by Italian customs, including their Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione form(which must be filled out and bear your signature at the bottom). This document should also state how many people are in your family, the city where you were born and what nation you’re moving from. It should also include what date you began your Italian residency



OTHER DOCUMENTS

You’ll also need your passport, a packing list written in either Italian or English and your Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill. You may need to provide your tax code number (Italian customs form Codice Fiscale from the Agenzia delle Entrate) as well. If your previous place of permanent residence was in another EU nation – then you’ll need to have your inventory stamped by the Italian embassy or consulate in the country you’re moving from. This authenticated inventory should be affixed to form Dichiarazione Consolare di Rimpatrio. Although this form is for returning Italian citizens, apparently it is also applicable for residents of other EU nations moving to Italy


ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Since permanent transfer of your primary domicile is a condition of import duty exemption – you must demonstrate this fact. To do so you’ll need to give customs a copy of your Residence Certificate (also called a Residence Receipt). You can obtain this from the city hall in the locale where you’ll be living within Italy, by asking for residence registration. You’ll also need a document called the Permit to Stay (Permesso Di Soggiorno), which is issued by the provincial headquarters for the police (the Questura). Finally, a reputable source states that you may also have to show a receipt of annual payment for TV service – though this apparently doesn’t always apply

Odd requirements such as these highlight the need to work with a qualified moving company like A1 – as failing to have these kinds of obscure documents could put your exempt status at risk. Importing your personal motor vehicle without paying added import duties, tariffs or taxes is possible. To be eligible for this exemption, you must have purchased your vehicle at least six months ago and used it personally for all of this time.


The vehicle is also required to adhere to European technical standards If you’ve owned your vehicle for less than a year, then you cannot sell, rent out or even give it away for a full year after moving into Italy. However, it is not clear if this requirement also applies to all vehicles brought into the country exempt from the typical duty and taxes (even those owned by you for longer than one year)

You’re also not required to bring in your vehicle when you move – as you’ll have six months from the date of establishing permanent residency in Italy to import your vehicle without paying duty. If you fail to meet these guidelines, significant import duties and taxes must be paid – so taking great care in the importation process is advised. While you’ll still be able to import your vehicle if you don’t meet the requirements for exemption, both import duty and value-added tax (VAT) will be incurred (9).


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WHAT PAPERWORK WILL YOU NEED?

Just like with importation of your household goods, detailed paper work is necessary to obtain duty and tax exemption for your vehicle. You’ll need your Original Bill of Lading, license, proof of insurance and passport. You must also submit both the Title and Registration for your vehicle from the country of origin (these should be the original documents not copies) Italian customs also requires that a Technical Data Sheet be provided. This document is written by the company that makes your particular vehicle, and it will list its various features. It must also include a declaration, stating that your vehicle adheres to all European Union technical standards for road motor vehicles It’s also necessary to prove transfer of permanent residency into Italy, to be eligible for the import duty and tax exemption. You’ll need to give customs your Certificate of Residence to fulfill this requirement. As stated above, this document can be obtained from the city hall in your new city of residence within Italy by requesting it


DISCLAIMER

Although Universal Relocations has tried to make the above information as accurate as possible, UNIVERSAL RELOCATIONS will not accepts any responsibility or liability for any changes in duty structure from above information we encourage you to verify any critical information with the relevant authorities before you book the consignment.

WHY MOVE TO ITALY?

Italy is a popular destination for expats for many reasons, including:

Culture and history: Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic art, architecture, and historical sites, making it a fascinating place to explore and learn about.

Food and wine: Italy is known for its delicious cuisine and wine, with each region offering its own unique flavors and specialties.

Lifestyle: Italians value their leisure time and prioritize socializing with friends and family, making it a great place for those who value work-life balance.

Natural beauty: Italy is home to stunning natural landscapes, from the beaches of the Amalfi Coast to the mountains of the Dolomites.

Language: Italian is a beautiful language and learning it can be a rewarding experience for those who are interested in languages and culture.


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CLIMATE

Italy has a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The coastal regions of Italy have a more temperate climate, while the interior regions tend to have a more continental climate with greater temperature variations. The southern regions of Italy tend to have warmer weather year-round, while the northern regions experience colder temperatures during the winter months.


COST OF LIVING

The cost of living in Italy can vary depending on the region and lifestyle of the individual. Generally, Italy is considered to be an expensive country, with prices comparable to other Western European countries.

Here are some estimated costs for common expenses in Italy:

Housing: The cost of housing in Italy can vary widely depending on the region and type of accommodation. In large cities such as Rome or Milan, the cost of a one-bedroom apartment can range from €800 to €1,500 per month.

Food: The cost of food in Italy can be reasonable, with a typical grocery bill for a single person being around €200-300 per month. Eating out at restaurants can range from €10-20 for a simple meal to €50-100 for a more upscale experience.

Transportation: Italy has a reliable public transportation system, with an average monthly cost of around €50-70 for a pass that includes buses and subways. Owning a car can be more expensive due to high taxes and fuel costs.

Healthcare: Italy has a public healthcare system that is accessible to all residents. Expats are required to have health insurance, either through the public system or a private provider. The cost of private health insurance varies depending on the individual’s age and health status.


POPULATION OF ITALY

As of September 2021, the population of Italy is estimated to be around 60.4 million people. Italy is the third most populous country in the European Union after Germany and France. The population is concentrated in urban areas, with the largest cities being Rome, Milan, Naples, and Turin. The population of Italy has been relatively stable in recent years, with a low birth rate being offset by immigration.

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WHY IS ITALY GOOD FOR EXPATS?

Italy is a popular destination for expats for many reasons, including:

Culture and history: Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic art, architecture, and historical sites, making it a fascinating place to explore and learn about.

Food and wine: Italy is known for its delicious cuisine and wine, with each region offering its own unique flavors and specialties.

Lifestyle: Italians value their leisure time and prioritize socializing with friends and family, making it a great place for those who value work-life balance.

Natural beauty: Italy is home to stunning natural landscapes, from the beaches of the Amalfi Coast to the mountains of the Dolomites.

Climate: Italy has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, making it an appealing destination for those seeking a warmer climate.

Language: Italian is a beautiful language and learning it can be a rewarding experience for those who are interested in languages and culture.

Healthcare: Italy has a public healthcare system that is accessible to all residents. Expats are required to have health insurance, either through the public system or a private provider

Education: Italy has a long history of excellence in education, with many prestigious universities and institutions.

Location: Italy is located in the heart of Europe, making it easy to travel to other European countries and experience different cultures and languages.

Overall, Italy offers a rich and diverse cultural experience, a relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle, and a beautiful natural environment, making it an attractive destination for expats.


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