You’re one lucky person if you are planning on moving to Italy! This culturally-rich country is home to some of the most picturesque places on earth, history in every alleyway, and more food than you’ll know what to do with. Before you get a little too carried away, let us guide you through some important information about shipping your belongings to Italy.
Most European removals involve shipping some belongings. It may be easier to ship light, but we all tend to have some things we just can’t leave behind. For that reason, we’ve assessed the main shipping options for you to consider.
Sea Freight vs. Air Freight.
Out of the two transport options, sea freight is your most cost-effective option. It typically takes between 2-5 days from the UK to an Italian port. However, if you are running short on time, then air freight, which typically takes between 1 to 3 days, is the way to go. This, of course, comes with a high price tag, and the amount you can ship can be limited.
Major shipping routes.
Italy’s long stretch of coastline covering more than 7,000 km of land is ideal for the international shipping industry. There are seven major ports dotting the boot-shaped country, but the Port of Gioia Tauro is the largest. Based on your end destination, removal companies will be sure to guide you through the routes that make the most sense.
Shipping container sizes.
If you choose sea freight as your transport method, you will have two shipping container sizes to choose from, 20ft or 40ft. If the size of your cargo is less than 15 cubic metres, you will have the option to share the container with other people, which could possibly bring your cost down. This is also known as Less Than Container Load (LCL).
|House Size||20ft Shipping Container||40ft Shipping Container|
|1-2 Bedroom Flat||£800 - £1,349||£1,630 - £2,059|
|3-5 Bedroom House||£1,150 - £1,550||£2,128 - £2,628|
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Tips for preparing for your move to Italy
There are quite a few factors that make up removal quotes, so we’ve compiled a few tips for you to consider.
- Look for removal companies that are certified members of trade organisations like the National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS), British Association of Removers (BAR), or the Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux (FIDI).
- Conduct a Home Survey. Once you have chosen your preferred European removals company, it is ideal to have the specialist conduct a home survey. This alleviates any uncertainty in the cost estimate and you’ll feel more assured knowing how your moving day will be planned out.
- Be sure to compare as many quotes as possible from trusted removal companies. There are many factors that go into every quote, so it’s smart to compare prices across multiple removal companies.
- Create a moving house checklist. A lot goes into a move, so it’s best to stay organised and focused on checking off items before, during, and after your move.
Customs when moving to Italy
When shipping goods from the UK to Italy, you will need to create a clear and specific inventory list of items indicating their value. Your goods are subject to inspection by customs officials, so be sure to be as precise as possible. For more detailed information on Italian customs, visit Agenzia Dogane Monopoli.
A few facts and figures about Italy
Check out the below table with important facts and figures about Italy, your soon-to-be home.
|Population||60.59 million (2017)|
|Government Type||Parliamentary Republic|
A quick guide to Italian Visas and Permits
Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality. However, as a UK national, according to The Citizens Rights Agreement, British citizens and their family members who are already lawfully residing in the European Union will be able to continue living in the EU after the end of the Brexit implementation period (December 31, 2020). If you are legally living in the EU by the end of the implementation period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and will be able to continue residing in your country of residence.
Living the Italian Life
According to a United Nations survey, out of the 1.3 million British citizens currently living in other European countries, about 50,000 currently live in Italy. Many expats quickly fall in love with the country’s charm as it really does live up to its dolce vita. The people are highly spirited, warm, generous, and funny.
Thanks to the country’s location, size, and shape, Italy offers a diverse climate across its regions. The Alps in the north offer milder summers and cold winters. The central and southern regions offer a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters.
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