Goods containing animal products require a certificate from a competent authority in the country of origin. Fishery products need to show a catch certificate.
Non-agricultural goods entering EU territory must adhere to customs formalities (summary declaration). This declaration must be carried out by the person bringing the goods to the territory. This procedure could take:
- 45 days in the case of goods carried by sea;
- 20 days in the case of goods carried other than by sea.
Material can enter temporarily without customs fees if it will be used to manufacture products for export. In this case the import gives a guarantee (from an insurance company or bank) for the amount of duties and taxes. This guarantee will be reimbursed when the final product is exported. This process also applies to goods planned to be re-exported.
Goods in transit only need a single EU transit document.
Inward processing is free of customs treatment. Only goods sold in the EU market are eligible to import duty and taxes. For outward processing, duties and taxes apply only to the value added during the process. Only firms located in Italy or in the EU take advantage of this measure.
Check the EU’s Customs website periodically for updates.
Samples and advertising materials without commercial value are duty and tax free if they are useless for sale. Samples with commercial value can enter the country for a year but need a security (cash or bond) of 10% of the commercial value (tax and duty). These samples must be used in the country for demonstration purposes only. They must also complete the following conditions:
-A certificate of origin
-A list with a description of each sample (weight and value), preferably in Italian
-A statement declaring the intention to use the samples for demonstration purposes only and to re-export without sale. This document must to be notarised by a Italian consulate.
Samples with a price higher than €2,582 need the services of a local freight forwarder.
The Italian rail network carries 87 million tonnes of goods every year in Italy.
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