Trade Compliance in Italy

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Party to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls For Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Party of the International Coffee Agreement 2001
Main International Economic Cooperation
Member of the European Union.
Member of the Eurozone.
Member of the European Economic Area which has guaranteed, since 1 January 1993, the free movement of most goods between European countries.
Multilateral and bilateral agreements with many countries but Italy is not part of all the agreements and unions to which the EU is a signatory.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
Goods coming into one of the 27 countries of the European Union from another country in the Community are exempt from Customs duties and Customs formalities.
The documents which must accompany goods moving between EU countries are the following: :
- the commercial invoice
- the certificate of origin
- the health certificate (only necessary, in the case of trade inside the Community, for live animals)
- the single administrative document (SAD) (required for trade with overseas Departments, the Channel Islands and the Canaries).

For a transaction outside the Community, you must add:
- Import licenses
- Certifications
- Single Customs Document (SAD)
Free Zones
For Further Information
Italian Customs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of the Economy
Ministry of Economic Development
Non Tariff Barriers
As it is a member of the European Union, Italy applies the Community regulations which are valid throughout the Union.

If the EU has quite a liberal foreign trade policy, there are a certain number of restrictions, especially at the level of agricultural products, ensuing from the implementation of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy): applying compensations when importing and exporting agricultural products to favor the development of agriculture within the EU implies a certain number of systems to control and regulate goods entering EU territory.
Moreover, for sanitary reasons, with regards to Genetically Modified Organisms, if they are allowed in Europe, their presence must, for example, be systematically specified on packaging. Importing beef fed on hormones is also prohibited.
The principle of precaution is now more widely favored: in case of doubt, import is prohibited until the non- noxiousness of the goods is proved.
Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
Wine, pasta, vegetables and fruit, fresh or processed.
Assessment of Commercial Policy
Webpages of the WTO on Italy
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
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    U.S. Department of Commerce, Italy

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