Italy is one of the world’s most industrialized countries, and a leader in world trade and exports. It is highly developed, with a very high quality of life. Italy’s economy is among the Eurozone’s top five. The country is a founding member of the Eurozone, the OECD, and the G7 and G8. If you are an entrepreneur, you’ll want to learn more about how to export from the US to Italy.

The recent global economic crisis has not greatly affected Italy’s GDP, and the country remains well-known for its creative and innovative business sector. It has a large and competitive agricultural sector as well, and is the world’s largest producer of wine producer. Italy automobile, machinery, food, design and fashion industries are renowned and influential. Italy is the world’s sixth largest manufacturing country, and among its top-ten exporters.

The US is Italy’s third-largest trading partner. A huge market, and huge opportunity, awaits those seeking to export from the US to Italy.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

You’ll need to choose either a full container load (FCL) or a less-than-container load (LCL) for your shipment to Italy. LCL means sharing a container; this is also known as groupage, and lowers your shipping costs, and you are required to pay only for the space you use.

You’ll need to go with a full container load (FCL) if you are shipping a volume of goods equivalent to six standard pallets or more. Up to 10 standard pallets will fit in a 20-foot container, while 22 standard pallets fill a 40-foot container. If your volume is small but you don’t want your goods to come into contact with those of other exporters, you’ll also want to choose FCL. Consult iContainers’ rate information on the shipment of containers to Italy, then contact us for more information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Italy

  • Port of Cagliari
    The port of Cagliari is one of Italy’s largest seaports, and also one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean basin. Its annual traffic capacity is around 55 million tons and 1,000,000 TEU’s. The Port of Cagliari can accommodate general cargo, bulk, RORO traffic, and transshipping containerized goods, and also provides passenger services and various cruise activities.

  • Port of Genoa
    With a trade volume of nearly 57 million tons, this is Italy’s busiest port in terms of cargo tonnage, and its second busiest in terms of TEUs, with a trade volume of over two million annually. The port of Genoa covers an area of nearly 1,730 acres of land and about 1,235 acres on water, stretching over 13 miles along the coastline, with almost 30 miles of maritime ways and 19 miles of operative quays.

  • Port of Naples
    The Port of Naples is another of both Italy’s and the Mediterranean’s largest seaports, with an annual traffic capacity of around 25 million tons and 500,000 TEU’s. It is one of the largest container ports in the country. The port features various terminals for containers, commercial cargo, automobiles, and passengers. Its container terminal boasts vast storage capacity, 70 mooring places, and over seven miles of docks.

  • Port of Ancona
    Ancona is one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea. It is largely a passenger port, but the Adriatic Container Terminal manages a new dock that handles containers. It covers almost 55,000 square feet, and provides secure storage for dangerous goods. It also handles cleaning and repair of containers

  • Port of La Spezia
    The La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) is the ideal gateway to northern Italy and central Europe. Located at Italy’s main transport intersection, LSCT is Italy’s leading container terminal, and offers state-of-the-art technology, efficiency and overall service quality. LSCT has excellent rail connections and direct access to the main Italian road network.

Rates for Air Transportation to Italy

Ocean freight isn’t always the right option when exporting; if your shipment is urgent or you’re on a tight schedule, air freight may be more appropriate for your needs. The volume and weight of shipments can impose some limitations on air freight; the iContainers calculator can help you make your best choice.