Customs in Italy

Overview by

Customs Procedures

Import Procedures
Import procedures are subject to a declaration on-line or on paper. You will find further information on the Agenzia delle Dogane (Customs Agency) website.
Specific Import Procedures
The simplified procedure is applied in the case of::
- repairs to goods;
- work for foreign backers;
- private commercial transactions;
- goods whose value is not above 300 thousand EUR.
Importing Samples
The inscription "no a la vente" (not for sale) is compulsory on commercial samples.

Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports

Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
While the principle of free movement of goods forms the internal part of the Customs Union, the CCT forms the external part as it enables uniform Customs duties to be applied to products from third party countries, whichever Member State is the country of destination. Duties for countries outside Europe are not very high, especially for industrial products (4.2% on average for the general tariff).
Products Having a Higher Customs Tariff
However, the sectors of fabrics and items of clothing (high duties and quotas) and foodstuffs (average duty 17.3% and many tariff quotas, CAP) still experience protection measures.
Preferential Rates
Granted to imports from countries with which the European Union has signed trade agreements.
Customs Classification
Italy uses the harmonized system.
Method of Calculation of Duties
Customs duty is calculated Ad Valorem on the CIF value of the goods, in accordance with the Common Customs Tariff (CCT) for all the countries of the Union.
Method of Payment of Customs Duties
Paid in cash to the Customs Relations Office.
Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)

Any Comments About This Content? Report It to Us.

Read more See less
Experts Views (1)
Post your content


Post content about Customs in Italy and you will be listed here to receive requests for offers.

Contact our expert contributor
  • U.S. Commercial Service Italy

    U.S. Department of Commerce, Italy