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United States to Italy


Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Italy.

Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted with ISC contract service.

The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty rate). Alcoholic beverages where excise duty applies can not be cleared at the UPS import sites. The same rule applies for alcohol within gift shipments.

Commercial importers must provide a health permit to import alcohol. Private importers can import wine for their personal consumption without a health permit only in very small quantities (maximum 5 litres) and according to Customs.

Alcoholic beverages (where no excise duty applies) cant be sold and delivered to under aged persons (under 18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of the consignee prior to shipping.

Additional rules apply on the import of wine and wine products. Please check under wine.

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].

The parts of e-cigarettes are accepted for import to Italy, but UPS Italy are not able to clear the liquid for e-cigarettes.

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.

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.
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.
For e-cigarette liquid, it is necessary to be owner of a fiscal depot and UPS Italy does not have the title to manage this type of goods.

In Italy the restrictions are related to any type of liquid (nicotine or not).

Private individuals may accept medicinal products delivered by post (including express mail and courier deliveries) within and between countries of the EEA if the supplier operates legally and the medicinal product has been approved by the authorities of the country in question.

When you buy medicines in foreign online pharmacies, you must observe the import restrictions on medicines.

Buying and receiving medicines from outside the European Economic Area is prohibited for private individuals in the European Union. Only business to business shipments are allowed. The importer or buyer of the medicine is solely responsible for any risks involved in illegal medicine trade.

Mineral or petroleum oils in chapter 27 of the Harmonized Tariff Code cannot be cleared in Italy.
The European Union (EU) has implemented specific conditions and detailed procedures for the import of plastic kitchenware (HS-Code 3924 1000 11) made of polyamide and melamine and originated in or consigned from China or Hong Kong (regulation 284/2011). Tableware (for example, plates, flatware, cups) are excluded from the restrictions. The reason for the new regulation were notifications and alerts by the European 'Rapid Alert System'- kitchen tableware was recognized which exceed the thresholds of aromatic amines and formaldehyde released into food.

Based on the regulation, controls must be performed at the point of introduction into the EU by the competent authorities. They include documentary checks on all consignments and identity or physical checks (including laboratory checks) on 10% of the consignments. All consignments of kitchen tableware (HS code 3924 1000) originated or consigned from China or Hong Kong must be accompanied by a declaration confirming that it meets the requirements concerning the release of primary aromatic amines and formaldehyde. The declaration shall be accompanied by a laboratory report that the consignments fulfill the requirements.

The goods and declaration must be examined at the first point of introduction into the EU.

The consignments shall be notified at the first point of introduction at least two working days in advance.

Our main points of entry (Cologne, Germany and East Midlands, United Kingdom) are not competent to perform the checks and forwarding under bond is prohibited without the checks. Products covered by the new regulation and destined to the EU can't be accepted by UPS. Exporters should clearly state on the invoice the material and the country or territory of origin of plastic kitchenware to avoid holds on commodities not subject to the regulation.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
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.

Shipping of Wine is only permitted with ISC contract service.

The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty rate).

Importer must provide a health permit to import Wine; health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur. Private importers can import wine for their personal consumption without a health permit only in very small quantity (maximum 5 litres) and according to customs.

The labels of bottles have to show:

The category of the product (e.g. wine, sparkling wine, liquor wine)

Quantity, brand

The actual alcoholic strength by volume, an indication of provenance, an indication of the bottler or an indication of the producer or vendor in case of sparkling wine and other product categories of sparkling wine.

The protected designation or protected geographical indication if the wine has such a protection.

Invoice must clearly display:

Harmonized code, origin, quantity and type of packaging (i.e. bottles, cans) and alcoholic strength by volume.

The import of wine is also regulated by a market organization of the European Union with rules on labelling and presentation of wine and additional documentation:

Certificate showing drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the products country or territory of origin.

An analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the products country or territory of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption.

No certificate or analysis report need be presented for products originating in and exported from third countries or territories in labelled containers of not more than five litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 litres.

The rules are laid down in EU regulation 2009/491. The regulation can be checked on the EU website http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html


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