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Italy Temporary Entry: Overview, Samples and Advertisisng

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Italy Temporary Entry: Overview, Samples and Advertisisng

Postby bridgat » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:34 am

The following provides general information about temporary exporting goods, product samples, and product literature to Italy. It also covers goods in EU transit, outward processing, and touches upon ATA carnet, a document that facilitates temporary entry.

Temporary Entry

Two main reasons goods may be shipped on temporary basis, without incurring duties and taxes:

1) Goods will be used in the production of a final product that will be ultimately re-exported.

2) Goods may enter Italian Customs and then be re-exported in the same condition.

Temporary shipments require placing security deposit, typically the equivalent of duties and taxes, and possibly additional fees that can be returned upon re-export.


1) Samples of nominal value: As a member of the International Convention to facilitate the Importation of Commercial Samples and Advertising Materials, Italy allows tax and duty-free shipments of samples of nominal value. Such samples cannot be sold in the Italian market.

2) Samples of commercial value may enter Italian customs territory without duties and taxes upon posting a security deposit in form of cash or bond equivalent to duties and taxes plus ten per cent. Samples also can avoid being taxed if they are carried by US company representative in a possession of a notarized certificate issued by Italian Consulate; are accompanied by certificate of origin signed by local chamber of commerce, and a bond is deposited at the port of entry. Note: samples valued in excess of 2,582 Euro ($3,380) typically require services of a local freight forwarder.

3) Product literature should be marked as "product literature - no commercial value".

Goods in Transit

For transiting goods across EU borders, single transit document can be obtained from a European importer, customs broker, freight forwarder, or shipper.

Outward Processing

Merchandise, that is imported to Italy for additional processing and is then re-exported, is also eligible for duty and tax-free treatment. Note: import duty and taxes are levied only on those goods that end up being sold in the EU.

ATA Carnet:

Businesses and professionals may consider obtaining ATA carnet (customs document facilitating temporary clearance) of commercial samples and professional equipment. With the carnet, goods may be imported without the payment of duty, tax, or additional security deposit. ATA carnet may be of particular interest when samples/professional equipment need to cross borders several times per year (facilitates border crossing), and is valid for up to one year. Carnets can be obtained from the U.S. Council for International Business at the following locations:

• 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, (212) 354-4480; or 1030 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 371-1316, email at

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