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Transporting Freight to Italy


Since January 1993, Italy, as part of the EU, has conducted trade without any form of custom barriers allowing for a fairly liberal circulation of freight and goods. However, as with all trade between EU countries, there are a number of regulations that must be adhered to especially when it comes to the transportation of certain freight.

When it comes to the transporting of assorted goods, depending on the value of the goods, official documentation must always be provided that reveals the destination of the freight as well asother details such as whether the cargo is prohibited, controlled or regulated by the EU.

If this is indeed the case, then the goods must be coupled with a Single Administrative Document as well as any commercial invoices, export permits, certificates and other licences that may be needed for the export and import of controlled goods.

With most goods being transported around the continent by road, there are specific restrictions placed on certain types of freight, in particular foodstuffs. Most restrictions are placed on farmyard produce, especially after the BSE crisis and the concern over Genetically Modified Organisms. As Italy has a strong farming and meat producing industry, it, like many others, supports the number of control regulations that monitor shipments.  As such, the EU has implemented a common Agricultural Policy that has led to a system of compensation on the import and export of certain agricultural products.

Another sector that is heavily regulated is also the shoe-making industry. Despite Italy being famed for its shoes, there has been controversy over the importing of certain shoe leather from China and Vietnam. As such, all shoe documentation must be fully detailed and provided to customs when shipping.

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