Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Italy.

For further information, visit the Italian Customs Agency and EC TARIC.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariff

Italy is part of the harmonised trade system of the European Union (EU) and importing and exporting are covered by EC Regulations.

A Common External Tariff (CET) is applicable to other countries, including Australia.

The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods, please consult the Italian Customs Agency.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance – Department of Finance (MEF) is responsible for import and customs regulations, however, specific questions concerning customs matters may be directed to Italian Customs Agency.

The Italian Customs Agency also offers an electronic help-desk through which written advice can be sought by compiling an online form.

Non-tariff barriers

Some goods, such as agricultural products and products that have health, safety or environmental implications, may be subject to certain import restrictions and/or regulations. In such cases import licenses and additional documents may need to be obtained before exporting to Italy. For more information about import licensing, quotas and restricted goods, please contact the Ministry for Economic Development and the Italian Customs Agency.

Imports of food and agricultural products from outside the EU are covered by the Common Agricultural Policy. CAP products are often subject to customs duties and quotas and may require a licence or certificate.

The European Food Safety Authority provides more information on importing food from outside the EU.

Trade with certain countries is forbidden or restricted in accordance with UN, EU or OSCE sanctions.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Certification, labelling and packaging must meet EU requirements. For more information on current requirements, visit the European Union website.

Packaging

To reduce the impact on the environment, the EU has required legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste. For more information, visit Product labelling and packaging.

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). For more information, visit CE marking.

Labelling

All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation.

Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information, visit EUR- Lex Food Safety.

There are also specific Italian labelling requirements that must be met, including:

  • name of the product
  • name and address of the manufacturer, packer, seller or importer in Italian
  • country of origin
  • ingredients in descending order of weight
  • metric weight and volume
  • additives by category name
  • special storage conditions
  • minimum shelf life date.

Labelling in Italian is usually required. It is advisable to confirm all packaging and labelling requirements with the local importer to ensure compliance with all local requirements.

A number of commodities, including foodstuffs, cosmetics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medicines, may require special marking and labelling. Your Italian importer should be contacted for specific information.

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from or EU. For more information, visit Trade in organic products.

Special certificates

Many products of plant or animal origin require additional certification. For more information, visit the Italian Customs Agency.

Information regarding exporting and export documentation for animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations should be in Euro or Australian dollars.

For more information on current requirements, visit the Requirements.

Documentary requirements

For more information on current documentary requirements, visit the Requirements.

Commercial invoice

There is no prescribed form and usually a minimum of three copies is required. The invoice must include:

  • date of emission
  • name and address of both the buyer and seller
  • terms of payment
  • country of origin
  • precise description of the merchandise (including HS description)
  • method of packing
  • marks
  • quantities
  • net and gross weight
  • full value of the products.

Bill of lading

To Order bills are acceptable. The bill of lading should include:

  • a brief description of the goods
  • the name of the shipper
  • the carrying vessel
  • the country of origin
  • the ports of shipment and discharge
  • details of any identifying marks on the goods
  • the name of the person to be notified when the goods arrive.

Packing list

Not obligatory, but simplifies clearance if a variety of goods are packed in different cases.

Certificate of insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Insurance

Normal commercial practices apply.

Weights and measures

Metric measurements (grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres) are used when selling packaged or loose goods.

Public health requirements

For more information on public health requirements, visit the Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.