Importing goods to Italy

If you are thinking to import goods to Italy, you should know that this country is part of the EU. For this reason, the country applies the same regulation as other European countries. However, Italy applies separate rules and regulations to specific products. Finally, you should gather all the necessary documents well in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Prohibited and restricted items in Italy

No quantitative limits exist in regards to what is purchased or carried within the EU for personal use. Nevertheless, some categories have fixed maximum quantity. These are:

  • Tobacco Products 
  • Alcohol and alcoholic beverages.

When arriving in Italy, weapons and ammunition are subject to clearance at the first port of entry. If continuing the journey on to another destination either within Italy or to an international connection, weapons are collected on arrival by airport security and delivered to the police office for inspection. 

For art-works that are less than 50 years old or works of living artists, the tourist must present self-certification to the Export Office that states the cultural good is less than 50 years old or made by a living artist. The certification must include two photographs of the item in question, along with a copy of the buyer’s identification document.

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What items are prohibited by Italian customs?

  • Aviary ornamental birds from all countries infected with Avian influenza
  • Meat and poultry and derived products from Thailand
  • Eggs and white meat from South East Asia
  • Live birds of any species (incl. game birds and birds of prey), eggs, feathers, meat, or meat products from Croatia, Romania, and all Balkan countries
  • It is not allowed to import arms and ammunition from the Russian Fed. and Syria.

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