Moving to Italy

Trünk offers essential moving services to and from Italy.

The perfect moving system for shipping what is essential to live in Italy. If you are only moving a small amount of your valued essentials or if you have a larger move via ocean, our essential move solution is a perfect add on to get what's needed there fast, safely and at a low cost.

Curious about how much it costs to move to Italy?  Find out just how much it will cost to move your essential personal effects to Italy


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Below are document requirements and information regarding moving Italy.  These are documents needed when importing your personal effects tax and or duty free into Italy. Contact your local consulate or Italian embassy for up to date information on how to import personal effects tax free into Germany.  Note: Trunkmoves provides the information below as a reference but not guidance on a tax free entry of your personal goods.
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Moving Used Household Goods and Personal Effects to Italy

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport [You'll provide a scan]
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) [We provide]
  • Copy of tax code number / Codice Fiscale from the Agenzia delle Entrate [You provide at time of departure or during clearing process in Italy]
  • Packing list in English or Italian [You provide on our website]
  • Diplomatic franchise / telepresso addressed to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, issued by the owner of the goods’ diplomatic organization (Diplomats) [If applicable]
  • Customs Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione, completed and signed by owner of the goods [You provide at time of clearance]
  • Detailed inventory signed by owner of the goods, stamped and signed by Italian Consulate / Embassy at origin and attached to the Dichiarazione Consolare di Rimpatrio (citizens, EU nationals) [You provide]
  • Permit to stay released by the Questura Police Office (non-Diplomats)
  • Copy of residence certificate / receipt from Italian City Hall stating the owner of the goods has requested residence registration (non-Diplomats)
  • Original consular declaration / Dichiarazione Consolare di Rimpatrio released by the Italian Consulate / Embassy (Italian citizens)


Specific Information

  • The Dichiarazione Sostitutiva di Certificazione must include the following information: 
    • Number of family members
    • City of nationality
    • Country of origin from which the owner of the goods is transferring residence
    • Date of establishing residency in Italy
  • The Consular Declaration / Dichiarazione Consolare di Rimpatrio must include the following information:
    • Period of time the owner of the goods was a resident abroad (must be a minimum of 12 months)
    • Names of family members and the date of the owner of the goods’ definitive return to Italy
    • Packing list
  • The authorization to import new furniture must be obtained for clearing Customs by paying duties and value added tax (VAT).
  • For new furniture, duties are subject to change depending on the material of the furniture.
  • VAT is 22% on the CIF value of the shipment.
  • The owner of the goods has 6 months from the date of establishing residency in Italy to import the household goods shipment duty and tax free (non-Diplomat / national citizens of a non-EU Country).
  • The owner of the goods has 1 year from the date of departure from the origin country to import the household goods shipment duty and tax free (citizens / EU nations).
  • Diplomats can apply for the entry permit / franchise issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only after they have started working for the diplomatic organization in Italy.
    • In order to avoid extra fees at the port / airport, transportation should be put on hold until given the green light by the destination agent in Italy.
  • It is strongly recommended that Italian citizens obtain a consular certificate as soon as possible to expedite the Customs process (citizens / EU nationals).
  • A detailed list including an accurate description of art pieces and antiques is required.  
  • A legalization of the list from the Italian Consulate at origin is advisable.   


Note:  Inbound shipments cannot contain products that inhibit mold and humidity, including moisture absorbing bags. If these items are included in the shipment, they need to be declared and accompanied by analysis certificates identifying the composition of the products.  The certificates must certify that the products do not contain dimethyl fumarate and be provided by an accredited UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory.  A legalized translation into Italian may be required. This also applies to “anti-mold” bags often used in containers and lift vans to inhibit mold during transit. 


Documents Required

  • Original international vaccination book
  • Pet passport (with microchip number)
  • Rabies vaccination certificate
  • Veterinary health certificate in English or Italian


Specific Information

  • Pets must be imported within the 10-day period of validity identified in the veterinary health certificate.
  • Veterinary health certificate must be issued by competent authorities and be valid for 10 days.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • All audiovisual items such as televisions, radios, stereos, video-recorders, DVD players and personal computers are to be listed with serial number and trademark.
  • Only audiovisual sets that are marked “CE” (European Commission) or purchased prior to January 1996 without bearing “CE” can enter Italy.  Customs might inspect these items to check whether they meet requirements and proof of purchase may be required.
  • Live plants require a Phytosanitary Certificate for import.
  • The import of weapons must meet the following conditions:
    • Weapons must be recorded in the National Catalogue of Weapons.
    • Weapons  without a serial number (applies to USA, Canada,  Japan, and Australia) must  be  sent  to  the  National  Test  Stand  at  Gardone  Val  Trompia  (BS),  where Customs will assign one  to the weapon.
    • Customs clearance generally takes 15-20 days for weapons with serial numbers and 2 -3 months for weapons requiring the assignment of a serial number.
    • The owner of the goods must be present for the clearance process.
    • An import license should be requested by the owner of the goods in their city of residence.
    • Weapons should be shipped separately in cartons or crates easily reachable (i.e., near the door of container) indicating their location.

Prohibited Items

  • Tobacco (in any form)
  • Spirits and wine
  • Food items  
  • Cigarettes and cigars
  • Animal skins
  • Non-prescribed medicines and drugs
  • Cordless electronics, including walkie-talkies

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