A Number of Options for U.S. SMEs

A number of express delivery options exist for U.S. SMEs wishing to ship goods to Italy. These include services offered by global logistics companies such as Fedex, UPS, DHL, TNT and others which usually guarantee a second business day delivery to Europe from the U.S. To date the B2C delivery has been dominated by national postal service Poste Italiane and local couriers SDA and Bartolini. Most logistics companies will offer a range of options for international delivery at different price points to meet customers’ needs. These usually feature different levels of tracking and insurance. Logistics companies can also help with bulk deliveries to help cut costs and provide advice on packaging, address formats and labeling.

Italian consumers will search for the lowest possible price. Therefore when domestic retailers offer speedy delivery, it may be worth exploring domestic fulfillment options in order to compete. Logistics companies either run their own fulfillment centers or can recommend reliable local fulfillment partners. [1]


Italian consumers have grown used to a fairly slow and at times unreliable domestic postal service. However, the rise of ecommerce is raising demands and expectations on speed and quality of service. While the range of delivery options available to online shoppers is expanding (including lockers and collection/return points across major cities), these are still in their infancy. As the ecommerce market develops, the options for alternative delivery points or timed slots will increase. [2]

Import Duties

Import duty and taxes are due when importing goods into Italy from outside of the EU, whether by a private individual or a commercial entity. The import duty and taxes payable are calculated on the value of the imported goods, plus the cost of importing them (shipping and insurance). The standard VAT rate for importing items into Italy is 22%, with a few exceptions, attracting VAT at reduced rates of 10% or 4%. VAT is calculated on the value of the goods, plus the international shipping costs and insurance, plus any import duty due. [3]


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