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Are you planning a move to Italy? Compare My Move will compare the costs of up to 6 international removal specialists and could save you 70% off the cost of your relocation to Italy. Italy is a cultural hotspot and Brits have been flocking there for years.
There are currently around 26,000 UK Expats living in Italy with Milan, Rome, Florence and Naples being the most sought after areas to live in Italy.
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There are many options available to you when it comes to shipping to Italy. At Compare My Move, we have excellent relationships with various leading international removal companies and can help you save as much as 70% on your relocation cost. If you’re thinking about joining the 26,000 UK ex-pats already residing in Italy and need help with making your move a successful one, we can assist you.
Shipping by sea is one of the most common methods of moving goods to Italy. Your removal company can move your goods from the port of Rome to anywhere in the country. 20Ft and 40ft containers are available.
A road freight to Italy service may also be a great option, and you can even have your goods shipped from door-to-door if required. The UK is well connected to road networks across Europe, and links to Italy are no exception.
Air freight to Italy is both convenient and quick, though this can cost substantially more than transporting your goods by road and sea. Air freight is costed by weight, so generally it'll only be cost efficient if you're only moving a few belongings.
The price you pay to send your belongings to Italy will depend on a range of factors including the size and weight of your load, where in Italy you are moving to, plus insurance costs.
If shipping via a 20ft container, you will normally pay around £1,000 or just over, whereas a 40ft container can cost somewhere in the region of £1,850 - £2,060.
Many people find it is less costly to replace items such as white goods than transport them, so if you are seeking to cut costs it could be wise to sell items and obtain replacements once you have moved.
You will also need to factor in charges such as taxes plus custom fees and duties when working out the full cost of your move. If your home can easily be accessed by a removals firm, this may help you keep moving to Italy costs down.
It’s wise to do your research and find out what you can and can’t easily take into Italy to avoid sizeable financial penalties and breaking the law.
If you are importing goods from outside of the European Union, you will need to pay import duties and taxes. Import duty rates can rise to up to 17%, depending on the item in question.
Even if you have brought your item from the UK, you may need to pay extra charges if it originates from outside of the UK. You will normally avoid a charge if your item is worth less than €150 in value. If your item is not brand new, there is a far lower chance of duty being payable.
Standard VAT on the vast majority of items is 22% plus insurance and the shipping cost. Certain items also carry an excise duty.
You won’t normally be able to take items like pornographic material, weapons and ammunition, plants, meat and dairy products, vegetables and animal skin into Italy if you don’t have special permission.
New furniture and household goods may be subject to duty and will need receipts.
Italian customs rules mean electronic equipment will require an Import Permit. You will also need authorisation if you are planning on importing works of art and antiques.
Most personal effects and furniture won’t incur duties but you will need to provide an inventory of everything you are importing. If you fail to list anything, you will need to pay duty on it due to Italy customs regulations.
Here are some general packing tips to keep your Italy move stress-free.
Make sure your goods are packed as safely and securely as possible before they are shipped. It’s a good idea to start packing early, as the process often takes longer than predicted. It’s also wise to use a large amount of small boxes as opposed to a modest number of big ones as this makes transporting your goods much more straightforward.
If you start packing on the top floor of your house and work your way downwards, this should also help with moving your belongings to Italy.
Label all your boxes with information about your contents and make a note of which room they are to be placed in. Ensure any boxes with fragile items are suitably labelled.
Heavy items should go on the bottom of your boxes, with lighter ones resting on top. To protect your items further, use generous amounts of bubble wrap. Blankets and pillows will help you save your furniture from damage.
All important documents should be kept together, and be easily accessible throughout your move.
Professional movers can help you avoid problems when packing your goods away, whilst preventing damage and enabling you to sidestep unnecessary costs.
There is a great deal of advice on safely packing your goods on our website, so for further reading check out our ultimate guide to moving abroad.
Here's what you need to know to get your wheels moving when importing your car into Italy
It’s advisable to avoid importing a brand new vehicle into the country. This is because you are likely to be faced with rather sizeable import duties. If your car is deemed to be ‘new’, you will need to pay VAT on it.
If you have owned the vehicle for a minimum of a year, you may be able to import it without paying duty as long as you source a Certificate of Origin.
You are likely to face charges if you attempt to import multiple vehicles.
You won’t be able to sell any vehicle you have taken into Italy for at least a year.
You will also need to bring documents that relate to ownership, registration, insurance and manufacturer’s details. All copies must be originals. You are likely to face vast duties and taxes if you take in a vehicle from a non-EU country when importing your car to Italy.
All you need to know to bring your pets with you on your big move to Italy.
You need to ensure your pet is microchipped before you transport them to Italy. The chip will normally need to be ISO standard 11784/11785 compliant, though you can bring a scanner that is compliant with the chip if this is not the case.
As Italy is a member of the PETS Pet Travel Scheme, the process of moving pets to Italy is generally simple. You will need to obtain a pet passport for Italy pet import. This document provides vital information about your pet’s vaccination, health and medical history and needs to be issued by a licensed vet. The pet will need to be vaccinated from rabies and undergo a blood test to show the vaccine remains in their system.
You may also take various other types of animal into the country, but cannot transport more than five animals.
All animals need to be transported inside a suitable pet carrier and have a health certificate issued by a vet no more than 48 hours before entering the country.
Dogs need to be registered at your local dog bureau if they are older than three months old.
You should have no problem obtaining food for conventional household pets like cats and dogs after you have arrived in Italy, though purchasing food for unusual animals can be more problematic.
You will be considered a resident of Italy if you remain in the country for more than 90 days.
Once you pass the 90-day mark, you will need to ensure you have the relevant documents or you could be removed from the country.
The Italian residence permit was replaced by the Dichiarazione di presenza or declaration of presence some years ago. You will not need this if you have a short-stay visa. The document can be obtained at a police station and must be applied for within eight days of arriving in the country.
If you are an EU national or don’t have a USV sticker on your passport but are remaining in Italy for a period of over three months, you will need to file for the declaration of presence.
The Permesso di soggiorno is a permit to stay. This is needed by non-EU nationals and remains valid for a limited period. Most types of Permesso di soggiorno are renewable. The document can be renewed until you have been in the country for five years. If you are a non-EU national and have been in Italy for five years or more, you will need the Carta di soggiorno non-EU permanent residence card.
If you are an EU national and wish to remain in the country for over three months, you must obtain an Carta di soggiorno Cittadini U.E. or EU citizens permanent residence card. Your dependents will also require this.
As Italian immigration laws are often updated, it is wise to remain informed on what your current obligations are.
If you are from the UK, you won’t normally need a visa to work in Italy. This is because Italy is a member of the European Union.
Italy does have a quota system for visa for the vast majority of occupations, so if you aren’t permitted to work in the country without an Italian visa you will need to make sure the quota hasn’t been reached when your application is processed.
If you are moving to Italy and aren’t an EU national, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. Nationals from some countries do not need a visa for stays of less than 90 days. For those staying longer, there are various types of visas, and the type of Italian visa UK that will be needed will depend on the reasons for your stay. If you are a non-EU national, you will need a long-stay or “national” Visa to stay in the country for more than 90 days.
Even as a UK national, it’s worth keeping yourself up-to-date with the current Brexit negotiations so you know where you stand when you plan on moving to Italy to live, work or study.
You're in luck: opening a bank account in Italy is a rather straightforward process.
Many UK ex-pats choose to open non-resident accounts in order to avoid the high interest rates associated with conventional Italian bank accounts.
The most common thing to do when getting an Italian bank account is to visit your branch with your passport, your proof of address and your tax code (codice fiscale). You can get your tax code from your nearest Agenzia delle Entrate.
You can usually have your post forwarded to your new Italian address for up to a year. You will only need to pay a modest fee to Royal Mail for mail forwarding to Italy.
HMRC will also need to know that you are leaving the UK, as will your utilities providers.
You should arrange contracts with your new utilities providers around 3-4 weeks before your relocation. Your new home will probably be linked to water, gas and electricity providers, making the process just as simple as it would be in the UK.
Your life will be much easier if you are able to gain access to Italian currency as soon as your move is completed. One way to avoid the sizeable fees of the High Street lenders is to use a broker rather than a bank.
At Compare My Move, we work in association with Currencies Direct, a leading broker that makes currency exchange in Italy simple. The company is able to beat the exchange rates of various High Street banks and can also offer free transfers. Your Euros can even be forwarded to your new Italian account on the day you open it.