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United Kingdom to Italy

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Import Documentation

A certificate of origin is not required for the import clearance of textiles.

The country or territory of origin must be stated on the invoice for each invoice line. If the customs authorities doubt the correctness of the declared country or territory of origin they may request an additional proof which might be a certificate of origin.

The Certificate of Origin must meet the following Customs stipulations:

  • Must be an original form
  • Must contain the shipper's original signature in ink
  • Must be issued by the Chamber of Commerce
  • Must contain a seal or watermark in the paper
  • Must provide a detailed description of the goods. General descriptions of goods, such as "clothes" or "garments," will not be accepted.
The Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prohibits shipments containing leather products made from non-domesticated animals and not covered by a CITES certificate.

Goods accompanied by a CITES document cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice (VCE) because both locations are not assigned by the Italian Agricultural Resources.

Declaration of Conformity (CE marking)
The European Community require certain standards on product safety for certain types of goods. The range of products covered by the directives must comply with the applicable directives when it is placed on the community market for the first time or put into use. Placing on the market in the meaning of the directives is the action of making a product available for the first time, either for payment or free of charge. 'Putting into service' takes place at the moment of first use within the Community by the end user (for example, produced for own use of the importer).

Range of products
The most important products are toys, in-vitro diagnostic medical devices, medical devices, machinery, low voltage equipment, safety devices (for example, helmets), exhaust systems and electromagnetic compatibility.For a full overview please see the EU website:

http://www.newapproach.org/Directives/DirectiveList.asp

Responsibilities
Manufacturers are defined as the persons responsible for designing and manufacturing products supposed to be placed on the EU market. The manufacturer has an obligation to ensure that a product intended to be placed on the Community market is designed and manufactured, and it's conformity assessed, to the essential requirements in accordance with the provisions of the directives. The manufacturer may appoint any natural or legal person, established in the European Union, to act on his behalf as an authorized representative.

The authorized representative may be addressed by the authorities of the member states in regard to the manufacturer's obligations.

The importer is defined as any legal or natural person responsible for placing products on the EU market. He is responsible to provide the market surveillance authority with the necessary information about the safety of the product and a copy of the Declaration of Conformity (DoC). If the manufacturer is established in the EU or has a so called authorized representative it is his obligation to provide the necessary information.

Conformity Assessment Procedure
Goods subject to the regulations on product safety need to be tested according to the rules applying for each group of products. Manufacturers have to draw up an EC declaration of conformity which is the first step of the conformity assessment procedure. The declaration of conformity has to include technical information containing the way of testing and the steps to be taken to obtain the attestation of conformity. The way of testing and steps to be taken depends on the type of product. If the testing was successful the producer is allowed to apply the so called 'CE sign' on the product or where this is not applicable (for example, surgical instruments) at the retail package or on a "Declaration of Conformity" certificate.

The "Declaration of Conformity" has to be issued by a notified body certified by a member state of the European Union.

Notified Body
A notified body is an organization certified by the national government to carry out the tasks of the conformity assessment procedures. They can offer their service to any economic operator inside and outside the European Community. They can carry out the tests or monitor the tests carried out by the manufacturer. They can carry out these activities inside the EU or on the territory of third countries or territories.

Information about notified bodies and notified bodies itself can be found on the EU website:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando

For additional information, please also refer to "Product Safety".

Customs may require an import license for certain products from certain countries or territories, depending on the harmonized tariff code.

The importer must obtain the import license. An original export license from the exporter of the country or territory of origin might be necessary to obtain the import license.

The requirement of an import license is dependent on the country or territory of origin of the goods not the country or territory of export. For further detailed information it is highly recommended to contact your chamber of commerce.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Market Surveillance

Market Surveillance is organized and performed at national level. Each member state of the EU (European Union) is responsible for surveillance activities on its territory. Customs authorities are usually part of the market surveillance activities.

On customs request the "Declaration of Conformity" has to be provided by the shipper, the manufacturer or his assigned representative in the EU or the importer.

Declaration of Conformity

The Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a document in which the manufacturer, or his authorized representative within the EU, indicates that the product meets all the necessary requirements of the directives applicable for the specific product. The DoC shall contain the name and the address of the manufacturer along with information about the product (for example, brand and serial number). The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorized representative.

On request the manufacturer or his authorized representative within the EU must provide the DoC. In case the manufacturer is not an EU entity and has no authorized representative the importer must be able to provide a copy of the DoC and additional proofs if requested.

National Requirements

For some commodities the conformity with the product safety regulations must be declared by the importer within the customs declaration. The DoC is required as a valid proof for the safety of the products and their compliance with the directives.

These commodities are everything (no exceptions) with CE marking, like:

  • toys
  • electronic equipment
  • radio & telecommunication equipment
  • medical devices
  • sunglasses
  • chemical substances
  • measuring devices
  • pressure equipment
  • pyrotechnic articles

Spot checks are carried out. If no CE marking is found, the goods can not be imported and therefore are seized by customs.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Driving Licenses Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Shipments Between Countries or Territories of the European Union

No invoice and no customs clearance is needed if all goods are in free circulation. Goods subject to excise duty like alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not in free circulation from a tax point of view. They can only be sent under a contract for International Special Commodities (ISC). The exporter is responsible to accompany the necessary documentation to the package and ensure the payment of excise duty in the destination country or territory prior to departure.

Goods not in free circulation within the EU, usually coming out of a bonded warehouse, must be accompanied by an invoice and a 'Transit Accompanying Document' (TAD). Goods not in free circulation can only be forwarded with express service levels. The shipper is responsible for marking the goods as 'not in free circulation' within the shipping software or on the air waybill.

Italian Customs Declarations must be made within 20 days of arrival. If deadline is not met, UPS will return the shipment at the shipper's expense.

UPS Italy make customs import declarations on behalf of Italian companies or private individuals. With a special set up customs import declaration can also be made on behalf of a legal entity with a physical presence in any other EU country or territory. Import declarations on behalf of non-EU entities are not offered by UPS. Non-EU importers must provide an Importer of Record (IOR) who takes over the responsibility for import declarations.

For temporary import declarations on behalf of non-EU private individuals please check the information about the EXPO and the info below. The customs declaration requires certain information from the Importer or IOR especially tax ID's or EORI numbers, which are mandatory information for the import declaration. The information is required from the importer or IOR independent from the actual payer of duty & VAT.

The required information & consignee contact information should be on the invoice to ensure smooth customs clearance.

Shipment to Italian Private People

Italian Private People Tax ID (Fiscal Code) is mandatory when the invoice value exceeds 150 EUR. Please check if it is the invoice value or the value of the goods (excluding freight charges if shown on the invoice). According to the duty relief regulation it is the value of the goods. The consignees telephone number & mail address is required on the invoice.

Shipments to Foreign Private People

Foreign Private People EORI number is mandatory when the invoice value exceeds 150 EUR (see comment above).

The importation of personal luggage sent by UPS also requires the temporary EORI number.

UPS can support with the application of EORI number. Shippers must produce the following documents that Origin center will scan in IDIS system with export invoice & documentation:

  • Foreign people EORI request form filled and signed. Please use the form on the Italian customs website to apply for the form prior to arrival of the goods. http://www.agenziadoganemonopoli.gov.it/wps/wcm/connect/Internet/ed/Dogane/Operatore/ecustoms+aida/Progetti+AIDA/EOS/Application+form+for+the+assignment+of+an+EORI+number
  • Airline ticket or equivalent document in case of personal belongings
  • Private person passport

The consignee's telephone number & mail address is required on the invoice. Customs requires some days to issue EORI code once complete documentation is provided.

Shipments to Businesses

The VAT number of the importer or IOR is mandatory for every formal entry. A formal entry is necessary for all shipments with a value higher than 22 EUR. For more information see the section 'Profile Details' & the header 'Value Limits'. The importers telephone number and mail address should be on the invoice to ensure clearance within the planned timeframe.

Livigno Shipments

The territory of Livigno (postal code 23041) is outside Italian Customs Jurisdiction. All shipments addressed to Livigno, with the exception of documents up to 2.5 kgs, incur a surcharge of 37 Euros for clearance. This surcharge applies to both domestic & international shipments & must be paid by the consignee prior to delivery.

San Marino Shipments

San Marino includes the postal codes 47890-47899 (Italian Territory).

The Consignee must provide the name of a broker in San Marino. UPS delivers the shipment under customs bond to the assigned broker for clearance and administration of local procedures. Therefore Proof of Delivery reflects the broker's signature, not the delivery date and signature of the final consignee.

Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from all points in Italy with the following exceptions:

  • Livigno (postal code 23041) - delivery service only, no pickup available.
  • Italian postal codes 47890 - 47899 are not valid with country or territory code IT, use country or territory code SM (San Marino) instead
  • Vatican City (postal code 00120) - Please use country or territory code IT.
  • UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
    Spring +0200/ Fall +0100
    Italian
    European Monetary Unit (Euro)(EUR)

    Billing Options

    • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
    • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
    • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
    • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
    • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
      • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
    • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
    • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
    • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
    • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

    Commodity Specific Stipulations

    There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Italy. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

    Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
    Roasted coffee can be imported with an import permit of the Ministry of Health.

    Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

    Commercial imports of roasted coffee must be compliant with Italian requirements regarding labelling of goods (detailed description of the content, expiration date, etc.).

    Customs accepts a maximum of 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.) of roasted coffee for packing test or similar purposes without an import permit but the importer must provide a written declaration or confirmation of the usage.

    Commercial imports of roasted coffee must be compliant with Italian requirements regarding labeling of goods (detailed description of the content, expiry date, etc.).

    Commercial shipments of cosmetics must be compliant with EU requirements regarding labeling. It needs to be labelled in Italian to be imported with a detailed description of the ingredients of goods (e.g content, expiry date etc.).

    Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

    Cosmetics without an import permit must be abandoned or returned on shippers expense.

    Private individuals can import small quantities of cosmetic products without an import permit. Customs usually accept a maximum of two different kinds and a maximum of two items of each kind.

    Please see Medicine section
    Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

    Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

    Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

    Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

    A Health Certificate is required by the importer, if the food is originally produced in a non-European Union country or territory. Small quantities of food within a gift shipment can be imported without a Health Certificate.

    Small quantities of samples for testing purposes can be imported without a Health Certificate.

    Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs (for example tea with origin China) imported from certain third countries or territories are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

    The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

    Food supplements are considered to be medicine. Please see "Medicine".
    UPS provides International Dangerous Goods service for shipments to Italy from selected European countries or territories by contract (ISC) only. Imports are subject to permission by the approriate Italian authorities.
    The Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prohibits shipments containing leather products made from non-domesticated animals and not covered by a CITES certificate.This applies also to watches with leather straps.

    Goods accompanied by a CITES document cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry because the locations are not assigned by the Italian Agricultural Resources.

    For leather goods not covered by CITES, the consignee must declare that the leather is not from a protected animal species. The invoice or the importer's additional declaration must include the Latin scientific name of the animal.

    Commercial shipments of medical devices must be compliant with EU requirements regarding labelling. It needs to be labelled in Italian for import (detailed description of the content etc.).

    Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur.

    Medical devices must also fulfil the requirements of the product safety regulations of the European Union. For further information please see the info regarding 'Declaration of Conformity' under header 'Additional Import Documentation'.

    Shipments of medicine require a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur.

    Private importers, in addition, must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the medicine will be taken under the doctor's supervision. In case an alternative pharmaceutical product (also different than the shipped one) for the same disease is available in Italy, import will not be allowed.

    For Nutritional supplements, the prescription needs to show details of the dosage/amount which cannot exceed 8 weeks supply.

    Shipments of military equipment are acceptable to NATO bases only.

    Shipments directed to NATO bases have to be transferred under bond. Finished weapons are excluded from this procedure.

    Weapons or parts of weapons can only be cleared with a valid import license provided by the importer. If the UPS import sites are not stated within the license the shipments cannot be cleared. Weapons cant be forwarded under bond in case of a missing license or a license not stating the UPS import site.

    This service can be offered under a special contract only.

    Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

    Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

    Nutritional supplements are considered to be medicine. Please see "medicine".
    Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
    According to the customs legislation living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetable and seeds are considered to be plants. Plants require a phytosanitary inspection and can only be cleared at the UPS port of entry Venice (VCE) as this location is assigned by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Resources to issue the import permit.
    Small quantities of mutilated samples with a low value (under 22.00 EUR) can be imported without paying duty and VAT. For samples not mutilated duty and VAT applies.

    Invoice must clearly display complete description of goods; descriptions like samples or similar are not accepted.

    In order to avoid wrong customs declarations at import, it is mandatory that the exporter provide very detailed information about the shoes (for example, what kind of leather, what material used for soles and uppers, what kind of shoes (sport shoes, sandals, boots), who is to wear the shoes (children, women, men).
    The value of the data carriers and the value of the intellectual property are subject to import VAT. The invoice amount has to cover both.
    Please refer to DVDs section.
    Most of modern test reagents for diagnostic research are built on antibodies which are generated from animal tissue. There are two types of antibodies, the monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antibodies.

    Monoclonal antibodies are generated in vitro. Tissue from animals are taken (e.g. blood) and infected with certain substances or pathogens. The blood cells react with the production of antibodies which are than harvested and used for the production of the test kits. Due to the in vitro production and the controlled way of production those types of test kits are not subject to veterinarian control if it is a commercial production.

    Polyclonal antibodies are gained from living animals like rabbits. They are infected with the substances / pathogens and the animals are producing antibodies. The antibodies are harvested from the blood stream of the animals. Test reagents with polyclonal antibodies are subject to vet inspections.

    Shipment documents (commercial invoice or declaration on letterhead) should include:

     the place of origin of the material

     the quantity of the material, in weight or volume

     a description of the material/ animal source

     catalogue number and price (if available)

     additives (e.g., sodium azide, glycerol), their source (e.g., whole serum, supernatant, ascites), and purification, if any.

     protocols  the recommended protocol or datasheet indicating any unique fixation, detergent, blocking, or incubation conditions.

     the intended use (commercial/ manufacturing; research/ testing)

     the name and address of the shipper

     the name and address of the receiver

    Commercially packaged, ready-to-use In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) containing products of animal of origin, do not require a Vet-inspection, if compliant with Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. A declaration of conformity (CE-marking) must be provided for each individual commodity (e.g. reagents, test kits, immunosorbent assays such as ELISA kits.

    Vitamins are considered to be medicine. Please see "medicine".

    Gift Exemptions

    45.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) EUR
    individual-to-individual
    per shipment

    In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.

    Invoice Requirements

    An invoice is not required for shipments between European Union Countries or Territories, as long as the goods are in free circulation.

    Goods not in free circulation are goods which originated outside the EU and have not yet cleared Customs inside the EU. These goods require a 'Transit Accompanying Document' (TAD) also know as T1 Document. The T1 status must be clearly indicated within the shipment data transferred to the UPS system or on the waybill. For additional information please see 'Clearance Comments' in section 'Additional Clearance Comments'.

    Goods that are transported from one EU member state to another via an EFTA (European Free Trade Association) member country or territory require a T2 Document and clearance.

    The United Kingdom departed the European Union on 31 January 2020. There is a transition period until the end of the year where nothing changes. UK will stay within the common market.

    UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory classifies the following items as document shipments. The items must have no commercial value. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to classify as a document shipment.

    Validated airline tickets only
    Must be for shareholders or for intercompany use only.
    Must be for intercompany use or a bid invitation (such as architectural plans to obtain a contract inside the European Union) and have no commercial value.
    Must be non-commercial brochures or for intercompany use only.
    Document limit: up to 15 business cards
    Must be personalized checks
    Personalized credit cards
    Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents up to a limit of 20 kgs per shipment.

    Event tickets coming from a printing company and send to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.

    Must be personalized to be considered documents.
    Non-personalized greeting cards and invitations are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
    If an invoice is accompanying CD-ROM containing data, the shipments they have to be declared. VAT may apply if the value exceeds the low value threshold.
    The number of manuals must be appropriate for the purpose
    Must be negatives, slides, or printing films being sent to press or publishing agencies.
    If the value includes press or editorial charges, the items are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
    Document: intercompany shipments for intercompany use with no commercial value
    Non-document: shipments from a publisher or printing company
    Must be for non-commercial purposes
    Must be personalized stationery and have no commercial value. The amount (number of pieces) must be appropriate for non-commercial use.
    Must be personalized to be considered documents.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Italy.

    Antiques can be imported. To apply for the reduced VAT rate the importer need an expertise from the Fine Arts authority. To be classified as antique the commodities has to be older than 100 years. Delays and additional costs may apply.
    Artwork can be imported. To apply for the reduced VAT rate the importer need an expertise from the Fine Arts authority. Delays and additional costs may apply.
    Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

    All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

    Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

    Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

    Delays and additional charges may apply. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

    Goods accompanied by a CITES document can be cleared only at the UPS port of entry Venice [VCE].

    Original Fumigation certificate must be provided by shipper to destination.

    Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

    Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

    Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

    Double-sided knives need a police permit to be imported. Swords dont need a permit if they are made for ornamental purpose only. Swords which can be used as weapons need a police permit.
    In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries or territories link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles} are prohibited between the countries or territories selected.
    Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
    Human hair is prohibited, unless a Sanification Oxigenation Certificate is provided.
    Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
    Mineral or petroleum oils in chapter 27 of the Harmonized Tariff Code cannot be cleared in Italy.
    The importation into, or exportation from Italy of any rough diamond is prohibited, from whatever source, unless the rough diamond has been controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Rough diamonds, which have become known as conflict diamonds, are defined as diamonds used by rebel movements to finance military action opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments.

    The KPCS is a joint government internationally recognized certification system that imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as conflict-free and prevent conflict diamonds from entering legitimate trade.

    Seeds require a phytosanitary inspection and can only be cleared at the UPS port of entry Venice [VCE] as this location is assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health.
    The introduction, placing on the market and the holding in the territory of the Republic of Italy of plants and plant products and other items listed shall be prohibited if they originate in the countries or territories indicated below.

    Its forbidden to introduce in all the European countries or territories: Soil and soil as such, consisting entirely or partially of earth and of organic solid substances, such as parts of plants, humus, including peat and bark, with the exception of that composed of only peat.

    Countries or Territories of origin forbidden: Turkey, Belarus, Moldova Rep., Russian federation, Ukraine, Third countries or territories not included in continental Europe, exception for Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia.

    Tobacco products cannot be cleared at UPS.

    The same rule applies for tobacco products within gift shipments.

    UPS does not offer the service of importing weapons.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Saturday delivery is only available to Italy from the European Union countries or territories.

    Please note that due to operational reasons, International Saturday delivery to Italy is not available for packages with a weight of more than 32 kgs.

    A surcharge of 49 Euros will be charged for Saturday delivery.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS EU Express
    • UPS EU Express Plus
    • UPS EU Express Saver
    • UPS EU Standard
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    Special Clearance Requirements

    The embassy/consulate may provide a special Customs clearance form. Write "embassy/consulate goods" on the invoice for customs clearance. Customs does not charge duty or taxes for embassy/consulate goods if the special customs clearance form is available. An import delay may occur.
    Inward Processing Relief (repair, processing and return)

    The customs procedure of inward processing is used for goods who are supposed to be repaired or processed inside the European Union and re-exported after repair or processing. The import procedure correct re-export of the goods. A provision of security to cover duty and VAT is most likely. The importer is obliged to re-export the items during the period granted for repair within the import declaration for inward processing. If the re-export fails within this given period duty and VAT become due. Customs inspections with the import and re-export clearance is possible.

    UPS does not offer the service of clearance under the Inward Processing Relief Procedure. Commodities subject to be imported temporarily for repair or processing purposes have to be declared within a regular import declaration. Duty and VAT applies.

    Military shipments are only permitted to NATO base destinations. The NATO bases may provide the clearance form A302 to UPS. This form is being viewed as a Transit Document so that UPS can deliver the shipments to the NATO base. If the NATO base does not provide the form A302 then UPS has to issue a Transit Document before delivery.

    Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

    The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

    • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
    • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
    • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
    • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

    Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

    Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

    • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
    • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
    • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

    Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

    The import of goods exported within the last two years can be done without duty. The items must be in the same state like they were at the time of export.

    The original export declaration is required. A customs inspection is most likely. Delays and additional charges may apply.

    Within the customs procedure of temporary importation goods designated to be imported for a limited stretch of time and remaining in the same state can be cleared without duty and VAT. The imported goods are often intended for exhibition purposes, testing purposes or presenting to potential customers. The goods remain under customs control till the re-export.

    Goods imported with the customs procedure of temporary importation are subject to the provision of security with limited exemptions. The security covers duty and taxes and will be calculated on the base of the customs value used for a declaration for free circulation. The security has to be paid on deposit by the importer prior to release. The security will be paid back by customs when re-exporting the goods under customs control.

    UPS does not offer the service of clearance under the Temporary Import Procedure. The goods have to be declared within a normal import declaration or have to be sent under bond to an alternate broker.

    For a temporary import, it is recommended to evaluate the charges that will apply.The additional charges for a temporary import procedure may be higher than the duty and VAT amount rate for a "normal" import.Additional charges for the temporary import procedure that will incur:

     Movement under NCTS customs bond  Temporary import formal entry  Guarantee payment of duty and tax  Alternate broker fees

    Furthermore several additional days in time in transit will occur.

    The European Union implemented a directive restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in all Electronic & Electrical Equipment effective July 1, 2006. This directive is called the RoHS Directive (2005/618/EC), which stands for the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

    The RoHS directive is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods.

    These directives will ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) (PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in some plastics).

    Manufacturers (and distributors and individual sellers) will need to understand the requirements of the RoHS/WEEE Directives to ensure that their products, and their components, comply. Goods falling under these categories do not require any accompanying documentation for importation.

    For more information on the EU directives, please check the following European Union web link or contact your local chamber of commerce:    http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/pdf/faq_weee.pdf

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • VAT - The limit whereby VAT will not be charged remains at 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro). Shipments with a value above 22.00 EUR need to be Customs cleared as a formal entry.

      Duty - In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty free but tax is raised.

      This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    Commercial Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • VAT - The limit whereby VAT will not be charged remains at 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro). Shipments with a value above 22.00 EUR need to be Customs cleared as a formal entry.

      Duty - In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty free but tax is raised.

      This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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