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Moving to Italy From the USA

International Moving to Italy

So you are moving to Italy¬†¬†from the USA and aren’t sure what to do next. One of the first decisions you will need to determine is how much of your personal effects you will be moving.

Did you know that the average home size is smaller than in the US? This makes balancing what you want to bring and what is practical even more important. That is just one of the differences for anyone moving to Italy from the USA.

Truth is, there are many factors to consider and as an international moving company with over 40 years experience moving household goods to Italy, we understand that there are plenty of options but our goal is provide you with a great rate and a stress free experience.

Read our guide below on how to move to Italy and start your international relocation today.

How to Move to Italy from the USA

Americans move to Italy for a variety of reasons. From the rich historical background to the amazing cuisine, there are plenty draws to live here. We offer a different options for all sorts of moves to Italy with ways to give our customers the best value for what they are shipping.

Moving Services for:

  • Full Households/Containers
  • Partial Households
  • Furniture
  • Vehicles

We have very competitive groupage rates for personal effects and other household items with 5 US locations: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Savannah and New York.

Our international moving services to Italy provide domestic pick-up options or self delivery of your belongings. So whether you are moving from downtown Los Angeles or a small town in Pennsylvania, we can help.

Ways to Move Household Goods to Italy

Consolidated Container

As mentioned at the beginning of this page, what you want to move does not always take a whole container. For instance, if you are moving to Rome from the US and only have 200 cft (about 1 bedroom worth of goods), it would not make sense to book your own container.

So as consolidation experts, unless you can fill your own 40′ or 20′ with household goods, we can pair your goods with others also heading to Italy. This saves you money on both sides of the move! That example would be our shared container service.

Exclusive Container

However for large family moves, our moving services can also offer you your own container. Those shipping a vehicle to Italy as part of the move can also book their own container. We offer both 20′ and 40′ containers so we can use exclusive containers for smaller households as well. The benefit of this shipping service is moving to Italy is faster as it skips the consolidation process.

Air Freight

Now the last method is for those that want their belongings ASAP. That would be our air freight service, however it does cost significantly more. Generally this service is used for specific goods such as fine art and antiquities moving. If cost is not a factor and the goods are that valuable, air freight may be the best way to move to Italy.

Whichever service you need, Schumacher Cargo will be happy to help you move to Italy!

Italian Shipment Information

The Italian base ports we use are Genoa and La Spezia. However, those moving household goods to Italy have the options to also use all Italian ports.

We offer door to door services with final delivery to any address in Italy, even moving boxes and furniture to the following major destinations:

Popular Cities in Italy to Ship Household Goods:

Rome La Spezia Milan
Venice Naples Trieste
Turin Florence Genoa
Sicily Palermo Livorno

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Exporting, Importing, and Customs Info

Our moving services cover all aspects of the export process including customs clearance, documentation and transport to/from the departure warehouse. Upon arrival of your belongings, there are additional processes and destination fees for import.

Will I need to Pay Taxes and Duties?

In most cases, Italian customs allows a one time duty free import of goods as part of your international move to Italy, as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • Items have been owned for at least a year
  • You have lived in the country of origin more than 12 months
  • The goods are at least 6 months old and have been used by you

When shipping household effects to Italy, you will need copies of your passport, a detailed inventory list (which your international shipper will ask for), proof of citizenship (if it applies), proof of residence, and a few more. These are the main forms.

If you do not qualify for the duty free import mentioned above, then expect to pay the standard duties and VAT in Italy. Duties range from 5-20% while VAT is 22% but they vary depending on your status and the condition of your cargo.

Schumacher Cargo’s international moving specialists can help you gather everything that you’ll need.

More Info

Fill out our Online Quote Form and start moving to Italy from the USA.

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