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International Air & Ocean Shipping guide from Italy

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Consumers around the world value Italian products for their refinement and quality. So it should be no surprise to know that international freight shipping from Italy is a lucrative activity, both for the businesses around the world that deal in Italian goods, and for the freight companies that move them.

It may not be hard to find a freight forwarder to help you ship goods out of Italy, but finding the right one for your business may not be so straightforward. For starters, you may have to build up a relationship with your chosen international freight services provider before you can even ascertain if you’ve made the right selection.

However, that’s not the case with Shipa Freight. We are live and online right now. Unless you particularly feel the need to speak with us on the phone, everything you need is available with just a few mouse clicks and simple forms to complete.

Before you jump to our homepage to get an international freight-shipping quote though, you might like to review the information on this page. It addresses businesses in Italy with plans to export, or any traders new to shipping from Italy to the US or elsewhere.

Standards and Customs Procedures for Shipments from Italy

Let’s begin with some good news for anyone who will be shipping from Italy to the US or other parts of the world. As a member state of the EU, Italy applies no direct taxation on the export of goods. The EU has abolished export taxes and you should be able to attain exemption from value-added tax (VAT) on your goods, as long as you can provide satisfactory evidence that they have physically left the country.

There are no general restrictions on exports from Italy, although of course, export licensing does apply to some types of goods. If your shipment contains goods controlled by license, you will need to provide your license details to Italian customs, along with the export declaration (which is required for all shipments, whether controlled by license or not).

Export Declaration Requirements

The export declaration (which your international freight forwarder should prepare and submit for you) must include the following information. This is needed in order for the Customs service to clear your shipment for loading aboard a vessel or aircraft:

  • **Product details: **Including the HS codes, names, quantities, and value of goods in your shipment;
  • **Transport and warehousing details: **Name of the company providing transport and international freight services, and details of the warehouse from where your goods will be dispatched;
  • Destination details: The final destination of your shipment, plus details of the party who will receive the goods.

Once your freight forwarder has submitted the export declaration, your shipment must be presented at the customs office located where the goods will exit the country. This is known as the “office of exit”.

If you are a Shipa Freight customer, we will manage all customs procedures on your behalf, ensuring all necessary documents are completed and submitted. You or your company will simply need to provide us with the necessary information.

Export Restrictions in Italy

As previously mentioned, export restrictions in Italy, and in the EU generally, are unlikely to impact your plans for shipping from Italy to US or other international destinations. However, if you wish to export goods that have potential military uses, you should check whether they fall under the umbrellas of “dual use” goods. If so, you may need to apply for an export license.

The majority of shipping companies in Italy will be familiar with the types of goods that need licensing, so if you use an Italian freight forwarder, you can ask them for advice about your goods. Otherwise, you might wish to check the situation directly with the Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency.

Ocean Trade Lanes: International Freight Shipping from Italy

The following information covers some of the main ocean freight routes for shipping from Italy. While the information here only covers port-to-port shipping legs, Shipa Freight also offers port-to-door and door-to-door transportation to locations in 100 countries. Cargo port next to hills with cranes working

5 Ocean Routes Most Used by International Freight companies

Some of the busiest trade lanes in the Mediterranean connect Italy to the Middle East and North Africa, with the following five international freight shipping routes being among the most popular for exports from Italian ports:

  • Genoa to Salalah (Oman)
  • Genoa to Port Said (Egypt)
  • Venice to Port Said (Egypt)
  • Genoa to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
  • Naples to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

Longest and Shortest International Freight Shipping Routes from Italy

The longest routes for export shipping from Italy to US ports are those serving the West Coast States. For example, if you wish to ship goods from Genoa to Los Angeles or Long Beach in California, you should expect a transit time of anything up to 70 days.

In fact, those 70-day routes are the longest from Italy, not only to the United States, but also anywhere in the world. The shortest transit times—for shipments of ocean freight from Genoa to Alexandria in Egypt—are as little as four days.

Major Ocean Routes for Shipping Freight from Italy

The following route list, while quite extensive, only highlights some of the most important ocean freight lanes connecting Italy with the rest of the world. There are many more in the Shipa Freight database, so wherever you wish to ship to, it’s likely we can provide you with a competitive quote.

Please note that all transit times shown in the list below are for your interest and general guidance only. They are not guaranteed to be precise, and your freight may be in transit for more or less time than the charts indicate.

To America

Port of Origin Destination Country Destination Port Approximate Duration
Genoa Argentina Buenos Aires 23 Days
Genoa Brazil Itaguai 17 Days
Genoa Brazil Itapoa 22 Days
Genoa Brazil Paranagua 24 Days
Genoa Brazil Rio Grande 24 Days
Genoa Brazil Rio De Janeiro 22 Days
Genoa Brazil Salvador 19 Days
Genoa United States Baltimore 21 Days
Genoa United States New York 13 Days
Genoa United States Norfolk 15 Days
Genoa United States Savannah 17 Days
Genoa United States Los Angeles 67 Days
Genoa United States Long Beach 68 Days
Naples United States Long Beach 68 Days
Venice United States Long Beach 68 Days
Naples United States Los Angeles 68 Days
Venice United States Los Angeles 68 Days
Venice United States Charleston 19 Days
Venice United States Miami 21 Days
Naples United States Baltimore 17 Days
Naples United States New York 15 Days
Naples United States Norfolk 18 Days
Venice United States Port Everglades 21 Days
Naples United States Port Everglades 18 Days
Naples United States Savannah 21 Days

To Africa and the Middle East

Port of Origin Destination Country Destination Port Approximate Duration
Ancona Cyprus Limassol 8 Days
Venice Cyprus Limassol 11 Days
Ancona Egypt Alexandria 6 Days
Venice Egypt Alexandria 9 Days
Genoa Egypt Alexandria 4 Days
Venice Egypt Port Said 8 Days
Genoa Egypt Port Said 5 Days
Ancona Lebanon Beirut 9 Days
Genova Morocco Tanger Med 4 Days
Genoa Lebanon Beirut 6 Days
Genoa Morocco Casablanca 7 Days
Venice Lebanon Beirut 12 Days
Genoa Dubai Jebel Ali 15 Days
Naples Dubai Jebel Ali 16 Days
La Spezia Dubai Jebel Ali 15 Days
Genoa Oman Salalah 15 Days
Genoa Saudi Arabia Ad Dammam 16 Days
Naples Saudi Arabia Jeddah 11 Days
Genoa Saudi Arabia Jeddah 10 Days
Genoa Saudi Arabia King Abdullah City 13 Days
Venice Saudi Arabia Jeddah 11 Days

To Asia

Port of Origin Destination Country Destination Port Approximate Duration
Genoa China Shanghai 40 Days
Genoa China Tianjin 42 Days
Naples China Tianjin 42 Days
Naples China Shanghai 40 Days
Genoa China Ningbo 42 Days
Naples China Ningbo 41 Days
Genoa China Shenzhen 42 Days
Naples China Shenzhen 42 Days
Genoa China Guangzhou 34 Days
Naples China Guangzhou 34 Days
Genoa China Qingdao 37 Days
Naples China Qingdao 37 Days
Genoa China Dalian 54 Days
Naples China Dalian 43 Days
Genoa China Xiamen 36 Days
Naples China Xiamen 36 Days
Genoa China Lianyungang 48 Days
Naples China Lianyungang 48 Days
Genoa China Nanjing 49 Days
Naples China Nanjing 49 Days
Genoa Hong Kong Hong Kong 41 Days
Naples Hong Kong Hong Kong 41 Days
Naples Indonesia Surabaya 34 Days
Genoa Indonesia Jakarta 35 Days
Genoa Indonesia Surabaya 34 Days
Napoli Indonesia Jakarta 32 Days
Genoa Japan Yokohama 44 Days
Genoa Japan Kobe 43 Days
Naples Japan Yokohama 45 Days
Naples Japan Kobe 43 Days
Genoa Malaysia Port Klang 27 Days
Naples Malaysia Port Klang 27 Days
Venice Malaysia Port Klang 24 Days
Genoa Philippines Manila 45 Days
Naples Philippines Manila 47 Days
Genoa Singapore Singapore 26 Days
Naples Singapore Singapore 28 Days
Genoa South Korea Busan 41 Days
Naples South Korea Busan 40 Days
Genoa Taiwan Kaohsiung 41 Days
Naples Taiwan Kaohsiung 41 Days
Genoa Thailand Laem Chabang 32 Days
Naples Thailand Laem Chabang 32 Days
Genoa Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City 48 Days
Genoa Vietnam Hai Phong 32 Days
Naples Vietnam Hai Phong 32 Days
Naples Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City 36 Days

International Air Freight Services from Italy

The following information references some of the main air freight routes from Italy. While we only discuss airport-to-airport shipping here, Shipa Freight also offers port-to-door and door-to-door transportation from Italy to destinations in 100 countries. Cargo being loaded on an airplane

High Volume Routes for Air Freight from Italy

When the number of dedicated cargo-only flights between Italy and other European countries is combined with the freight-capacity of passenger airliners, these Pan-European corridors are easily the busiest for export freight from Italy.

The following five routes are among those most utilized by freight companies on a daily basis, in order to move their clients’ shipments:

  • Milan to London Heathrow (United Kingdom)
  • Rome to Paris (France)
  • Milan to Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Rome to London Heathrow (United Kingdom)
  • Rome to Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The Longest and Shortest Freight Routes from Italy by Air

The longest air freight route from Italy connects the airport of Rome with Buenos Aires in Argentina. The transit time for this route is around 14 hours. At the other extreme, there are one or two international freight services operating between Milan and Geneva, in Switzerland. These carriers operate the shortest air freight route from Italy, with a transit time of around 35 minutes.

List of International Air Freight Connections: Italy Outbound

Please note that all transit times shown in the list below are for your interest and general guidance. They show flight durations for direct routes only, and your freight may be in transit for more or less time than the charts indicate.

To America

Airport of Origin Destination Country Destination Port Approximate Duration
Rome Argentina Buenos Aires 14 Hours
Milan Brazil Sao Paulo 12 Hours
Milan Canada Toronto 9 Hours
Rome United States Charlotte 10 Hours
Rome United States Dallas 11 Hours
Rome United States New York 9 Hours
Milan United States New York 8 Hours
Milan United States Miami 10 Hours
Rome United States Philadelphia 9 Hours
Rome United States Chicago 10 Hours
Milan United States Chicago 9 Hours
Milan United States Los Angeles 11 Hours
Rome United States Los Angeles 13 Hours

To Europe

Airport of Origin Destination Country Destination Port Approximate Duration
Rome Austria Vienna 1 Hour
Milan Austria Vienna 1 Hour
Milan Belgium Brussels 2 Hours
Rome Belgium Brussels 2 Hours
Milan Denmark Copenhagen 2 Hours
Rome Denmark Copenhagen 2 Hours
Rome France Paris 2 Hours
Rome Germany Frankfurt 2 Hours
Milan Germany Frankfurt 1 Hour
Rome Netherlands Amsterdam 2 Hours
Milan Netherlands Amsterdam 2 Hours
Milan Russia Moscow 3 Hours
Rome Spain Madrid 2 Hours
Milan Spain Barcelona 2 Hours
Milan Switzerland Geneva <1 Hour
Milan Switzerland Zurich <1 Hour
Milan United Kingdom London Heathrow 2 Hours

To Asia

Airport of Origin Destination Country Destination Port Approximate Duration
Rome China Shanghai 11 Hours
Rome China Beijing 9 Hours
Milan China Beijing 10 Hours
Milan China Shanghai 11 Hours
Milan China Nanjing 10 Hours
Rome Hong Kong Hong Kong 11 Hours
Milan Hong Kong Hong Kong 11 Hours
Rome Japan Tokyo 12 Hours
Milan Japan Tokyo 12 Hours
Rome Singapore Singapore 11 Hours
Milan Singapore Singapore 11 Hours
Milan South Korea Seoul 10 Hours
Milan Thailand Bangkok 10 Hours

From Italy with Shipa Freight: An Online Freight Forwarder

Shipa Freight is a division of Agility, one of the world’s major logistics and shipping companies. We’re able to leverage a powerful network of connections and resources, with coverage of 100 countries, including Italy.

So instead of reaching out to a range of freight companies in Italy and waiting for the quotes to come in, you can just pay our website a visit and receive a competitive quote in moments.

If you’re happy with your quote, booking your shipment with us is simplicity itself, and you can even pay for your freight transportation and track your shipments online. Our team of logistics specialists is on hand for any assistance you need, and we take care of all the border formalities on your behalf.

In fact, you might be surprised at what an online freight forwarder can do for you and your business, but only if you take the first step!

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