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International moving to Italy

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Preparing your international removal to Italy

Italy, in its 3000 years of history has seen tremendous social, political, economical and cultural growth and change. Located in south-central Europe, Italy has a population of 60.2 million people. Its capital Rome is among the oldest cities in the world and is a major center for arts and commerce. Italy boasts of various scenic landscapes, from mountains, coastal areas to fertile plains and lakes.. Moving overseas is not an easy task, it’s crucial to be aware of the many factors that might affect your relocation from USA to Italy.


DOCUMENTATION for you moving to Italy


PACKAGING of your belongings


TRACKING your shipment online


RECEPTION of all your goods


Cost of moving to Italy from USA


Moving from the USA to Italy, you might end up living in some of the biggest and widely-known cities like Rome, Milan, Venice, and Naples. Moving to these cities and Italy, in general, is relatively hassle-free. You do have to take into account the cost of moving to Italy from the USA. The cost of moving your belongings comes down to the method of shipping and the solution you choose. There are two major options: LCL and FCL.

Less than Container Load or LCL solution is among the more cost-effective ones. It is used when different shipments share the same container. For instance, if you are merely packing your clothes and obviously don’t need an entire container for yourself you can opt for LCL shipping and by doing so the cost for shipping the container is divided among shipments in the container. That being said, it’s best to avoid shipping fragile items through LCL as it is a shared shipping method, thus making your fragile items prone to damage.

If you’re looking for a shipping option that is more suitable for large-quantity shipping needs, you are looking at an FCL solution. FCL or Full Container Load allows you to ship your household goods in a single container. In FCL, the container is not shared and you have to bear the cost for the entire shipment on your own. While moving to Italy and moving your household goods like furniture, clothes, dishes and other belongings, FCL shipping is a good choice if you have fragile and important items as well.


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International moving costs depend on the way you choose to ship and the number of your belongings.


For those of you who are moving with some boxes and personal belongings such as clothes to Italy, you can opt for an LCL solution to meet your needs.


Apartments (< 70m²)

If you’re planning on moving into an apartment in Italy and are moving with some appliances or furniture you can use a 20ft container for your shipping.

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House (> 70m²)

If you’re moving into a big apartment or a house and plan to ship a large number of your personal belongings you’ll need a much bigger 40ft container to accommodate household items like your furniture, your car, appliances and more.


Tips to reduce the cost of moving to Italy


When moving overseas, documentation is the key to having a smooth and hassle-free transition. Before you move to Italy and ship your household goods, you need to ensure that there is proper moving paperwork for the shipment as well. In the shipping industry, it is known as the “shipping packing list’. The packing list contains crucial information regarding the shipment for the customs authorities of Italy. It typically includes item details and shipping destination among other things

Packing your furniture for an international moving

Your furniture is among the most fragile and crucial household goods that you are bringing with you during the relocation. Shipping furniture is reliant on how well you pack it for international ocean transit. If you’re among those unsure how to pack their belongings and household goods for an international move, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Fragile items should be thoroughly wrapped with bubble wrap and kept as secure as possible. To avoid damage, it’s best to leave low-value items back home and focus only on important items like furniture.

What items can not be sent in a moving container?

According to the Italian customs rules and regulations, the following items are prohibited in the country:

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Animal products

  • Certain U.S. Beef hormones

  • Chemicals, Haz and Non-Haz

  • Coffee and Coffee Samples

  • Cosmetics

  • Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription

  • Fabrics & fabric samples

  • Food Supplements/Additives & Vitamins that contain Stevia

  • Foodstuffs

  • Items having a flexible metal blade entirely contained in a plastic, paper, or fabric sheath

  • Leather goods

  • Medical samples

  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption

  • Medical/dental supplies & equipment

  • Oil products

  • Seeds

  • Ship spares

  • Shoes, textile articles

  • Tobacco


Like many countries, Italy too has a tax treaty with the United States. The main aim of this treaty is to remove the possibility of double taxation for US citizens living in Italy and to make taxation simpler for them. To gain a clear perspective regarding your tax situation, it is a good idea to get in touch with your moving advisor to help give you relevant and personalized guidance.

Where to ship when moving to Italy

Italy has a population of 60 million people and a $2.085 trillion GDP. The Mediterranean climate of Italy makes it a perfect country to live in for both summer and wintertime.

  • Port of Gioia Tauro: is the largest seaport in Italy, it is situated in Calabria in the south of Italy and shares the sea route that connects to the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar. Located conveniently between Venice and Florence,

  • Port of Ravenna: this port connects to the Adriatic sea by a canal and is among the most important ports in Italy.

Need more help on your moving to Italy ?

Also, if you need further information about how to manage your international removal, you can also check our help center. You will find resources about the processes. We really hope you enjoy your future home.

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