Barrington Freight is a leading UK-based freight forwarder with experience spanning decades in shipping to and from Italy. Our reputation is built on professionalism so you can relax when importing from Italy, as your goods are in safe hands. Italian imports are a massive opportunity for UK businesses, but there are additional customs requirements from European countries now to consider. Using a reputable freight company to move your consignment will ensure it’s not caught at the border. Below we’ve made a list to get started importing from Italy.
The UK has left the European Union, so trading with any EU country, including Italy, will result in more paperwork and requirements to clear customs. An EU and UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number) will be needed so consignments can pass the borders. If both EORI’s are not held at the time the shipment is to cross borders, customs will hold cargo at the border, which will delay delivery or, in some circumstances, goods will be denied entry entirely into the UK. See What is an EORI Number for more.
More declarations and paperwork are required to ship from Italy post-Brexit and are often specifically related to the goods you ship. Finishing all the required documentation accurately will be important to get your goods through customs. It’s also important to remember that shipments stuck at any borders will accrue additional duty costs and increase your overall exporting expenses. Visit the government advisory page for information.
Shipping items from Italy to the UK will incur duties and VAT on most goods. The tariffs are calculated as being imported from any “third country” foreign nation without a trade agreement with the UK. However, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement has some items tariff-free when made in Italy. To apply for this subsidy, the origin of goods must be declared to customs, and it can be claimed on imports/exports in both directions. It’s essential to do your research to see if you can claim the zero tariff on your shipment. If not, there will likely be additional duties payable.
Customs declarations must be filled out correctly as even a seemingly insignificant mistake can cause delays and accrue additional charges. If you want to DIY your paperwork, be sure you are up-to-date with current requirements and regulations. We would always recommend hiring an expert, of which we have several in-house.
Certificates and special licences are often needed, especially if your goods are on a restricted list. Research to see what official documents you need to stop goods getting stuck at the border.