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Ocean & Air Shipping From India to Italy

Information and quote from India to Italy for LCL, FCL and Air shipping

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India’s trade with Italy increased to over $10.4 billion in 2017-18, making Italy India’s fifth-biggest trading partner in the EU and 25th biggest in the world. The items most frequently exported from India to Italy are iron ore, transport-related equipment, clothing, and textiles.

If your business is looking to ship more of those goods or others between the two nations, a freight forwarder can take the hassle out of the process. A competent forwarder will coordinate every element of transportation when you export or import from India to Italy, and help you navigate the complexities of customs clearance.

Shipping Ocean Freight From India to Italy

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Shipping a container from India to Italy can take as few as 15 days or as long as 43 days. It all depends on the port of departure and arrival that you use and whether you ship your sea freight by FCL or LCL. These terms are explained below.

There are a variety of containers in which your freight can be shipped, such as:

  • Flatback containers for heavy or awkwardly shaped products
  • Tank-style containers for gases and liquids
  • Refrigerated containers for goods that need to be kept cool during transit
  • Half-height containers for small volumes of bulky freight such as pebbles

Most freight forwarders will arrange all aspects of ocean shipping and offer deliveries from:

  • Port to port
  • Door to port
  • Port to door
  • Door to door

Sending a Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) From India to Italy

If your sea freight won’t fill a container, it can share container space with other goods in an LCL shipment. Cargo handlers in your chosen port in India will wait until a sufficient amount of goods fill the container before sealing it and transferring it aboard a cargo vessel. This helps explain why LCL sometimes takes longer than FCL. De-consolidation will be required upon arrival in Italy.

Full Container Load (FCL) From India to Italy

You can send your goods as FCL in a container that’s filled exclusively with your goods. No consolidation or deconsolidation is required, and you can seal your container at source in India. It will only be opened before arrival at your destination in Italy if customs officials in India and/or Italy decide to inspect your goods.

Cargo Ports of Origin in India


The port exists to relieve pressure on the busy container facility at Chennai to the south. Kattupalli benefits from traffic-free approach roads, so getting your freight into port is quicker than using Chennai. As a modern port, Kattupalli offers direct port entry for any self-sealed or factory-stuffed containers, speeding-up processing.

Owned By: Kattupalli Port Private Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >345,000 TEUs.


Nhava Sheva

In 2019, the Port of Nhava Sheva set a new record for annual cargo throughput in India, exceeding five million TEUs. The port has facilities to process even more freight in five container terminals that already handle over half of India’s containerized freight traffic.

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



The port that forms the ‘Gateway to South India’ (as Chennai is known), has two container terminals served by ocean routes that connect India with Europe. This is the port for your freight if your supply chain or manufacturing base is located in Southeastern India or around the Bay of Bengal.

Owned By: Chennai Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.



Once India’s largest port, Visakhapatnam still forms a key starting point for ocean shipping to Italy from the East Coast of the sub-continent. Located between the ports of Chennai and Kolkata, there are three separate harbors with a total of 24 berths. Types of freight handled here include general goods and steel products.

Owned By: Visakhapatnam Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >350,000 TEUs.



Four container terminals are available at Mundra, to handle freight for import from India to Italy. It’s a privately-owned seaport and one of the world’s top 50-busiest for containerized goods. If your supply chain moves goods through Bhuj, Rajkot, Mundra, even Pakistan, this is a suitable port of origin to choose.

Owned By: Adani Group.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.



Get your Italy-bound cargo to Haldia and it will be at one of the most environmentally friendly ports in the world. Designated a green port since 2015, Haldia serves India’s Northeastern region, with its heavy-lifting vehicles and machines running on eco-friendly bio-diesel.

Owned By: Kolkata Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >150,000 TEUs.


Other Ports of Origin in India

In addition to the gateways featured above, there are several other ports you can use to ship to Italy, including:

  • Hazira
  • Tuticorin
  • Pipavav
  • Kolkata
  • Krishnapatnam
  • Mormugao

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Italy

Italy has plenty of coastline. Dotted along its shores are ports ready to receive commercial goods from all over the world, including India.

La Spezia

One of the largest commercially-focused ports in the Ligurian Sea, La Spezia is a specialist container gateway, ideal for receiving your shipment from India. There are over 400,000 square meters of freight-handling space, and 5.1 km of quays to offload containerized goods of all kinds.

Owned By: Port of La Spezia Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >1.4 million TEUs.



Located in the Marche region about 270 km Northeast of Rome, the Port of Ancona is a major seafaring facility on the Adriatic Coast. While passenger services are its focus, the port possesses advanced container-handling capabilities, so it is ideal if the final destination of your cargo from India is in this region of Italy.

Owned By: Central Adriatic Ports Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >150,000 TEUs.



More famous for its romantic gondolas than industrial containers, Venice is a major Italian port for commercial shipping. Its 23 cargo terminals are evidence of that. So too are its rail and road links to the rest of Italy, making Venice a port well worth considering if you require a door-to-door shipping service.

Owned By: Port Authority of Venice.

Annual Container Volume: >1.4 million TEUs.



If your goods from India are destined for Southern Italy, Naples is the perfect port. It’s one of the largest in the Mediterranean, with a container terminal boasting huge storage capacity. The port has nearly 12 km of docks and 38 berths for cargo vessels.

Owned By: Port Authority of Naples.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.



No port in Italy matches Genoa for the sheer volume of cargo throughput. It’s up there with Marseille and Barcelona as the Mediterranean’s busiest. Its facilities, which include cutting-edge logistics technology, stretch along over 22 km of coastline—plenty of space to receive your containers from India.

Owned By: Genoa Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >2 million TEUs.


Air Freight From India to Italy

The average duration of air shipping from India to Italy is between four to eight days. Only Delhi Airport offers direct flights to Italy, with services flying into Milan and Rome. But that shouldn’t stop you using another airport in India as your port of origin. A freight forwarder can arrange for your goods to be shipped to Italy using indirect services.

  • You should consider sending your goods as air freight if:
  • You want to pay less insurance than you might when using an ocean carrier
  • Your consignment is relatively small—no more than three or four pallets
  • Your cargo is high value and will benefit from the stricter airport and airline security measures Your goods are temperature-sensitive, fragile, or perishable (the shorter transit time will suit them better than ocean shipping)

Airports of Origin in India


It’s been a few years since Delhi overtook Mumbai to become India’s busiest cargo airport. Ever since, over one million tons of freight has been processed annually, much of it destined for Europe. If your manufacturer or supplier is in Northern India, Delhi is an ideal airport of choice.

Italy airports served: Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino.

Delhi to Italy Cargo-Only Operators: Cathay Pacific Cargo.


Other Airports in India

If you don’t need your freight flown directly to Italy, a freight forwarder can send it indirectly from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Coimbatore, and Hyderabad.

Destination Airports for Freight Arriving in Italy


Milan’s airport has a dedicated cargo terminal where your consignment from India will be discharged. The airport is a little under 50 km north of the center of Milan and has two terminals and two runways.

Connected Airports in India: Delhi.

India to Milan-Malpensa Cargo-Only Operators: Cathay Pacific Cargo.



Also known as Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome Fiumicino’s cargo terminal was completely renovated in 2017. It’s created a warehouse with state-of-the-art logistics facilities that focus on handling special shipments. That includes vulnerable freight and time or temperature-sensitive loads. The secure storage offered here features alarms, anti-intruder defenses, and 24/7 CCTV monitoring.

Connected Airports in India: Delhi.

India to Rome-Fiumicino Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Customs Clearance Procedures in India and Italy

Shipping commercial goods from Asia to Europe requires the completion of several important items of paperwork. We’ve listed them here:

  • Airway bill for air shipping (this will be provided by Shipa Freight)
  • Bill of Lading for ocean shipping (this will be provided by Shipa Freight)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Packing List
  • Letter of Credit or other payment terms (the specific requirements will depend on the nature of the deal negotiated between the contractors)

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. You may be required to complete further paperwork. Either way, you can find samples of the documents listed above on this page.

How Long Does It Take To Ship Freight From India to Italy?

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Air shipping is by far the fastest way of exporting or importing from India to Italy. Shipments can be completed in four to eight days. Using ocean carriers to move goods in a shipping container from India to Italy takes between 15 and 43 days.

How Long Does It Take To Ship Cargo in a Container From India to Italy?

Goods shipped by ocean from India to Italy will head west aboard cargo vessels from the sub-continent and navigate the Suez Canal to reach Italy. Vessels carrying your container from India to Italy can take from two to seven weeks, as this list shows:

  • Kolkata to Genoa—36 days FCL
  • Cochin to La Spezia—43 days FCL
  • Krishnapatnam to Venice—21 days FCL
  • Chennai to Genoa—32 days FCL
  • Chennai to Milan—32 days LCL
  • Chennai to Venice—33 days FCL
  • Mundra to Genoa—24 days FCL
  • Mundra to La Spezia—21 days FCL
  • Mundra to Venice—32 days FCL
  • Nhava Sheva to Genoa—25 days FCL
  • Nhava Sheva to Milan—15 days LCL
  • Tuticorin to La Spezia—31 days FCL

How Long Does It Take to Ship Air Freight From India to Italy?

Delhi Airport is the only airport in India to operate direct flights to Italy. But a freight forwarder can still quickly fly goods between the two countries as this list shows:

  • Ahmedabad to Milan—8 days
  • Mumbai to Milan—4 days
  • Kolkata to Rome-Da Vinci—6 days
  • Delhi to Milan—6 days
  • Hyderabad to Milan—4 days
  • Chennai to Milan—4 days

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Cargo From India to Italy?

Many factors must be considered when determining the cost of shipping air or ocean freight from India to Italy:

  • The weight, size, and volume of the consignment
  • The ports of origin and arrival
  • Whether goods are being shipped by air or sea
  • The nature of the goods being shipped
  • Whether a port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-door or door-to-port delivery is required

The weight of your goods can help you decide whether to choose air or ocean shipping.

Under 100kg? Air freight is likely to be just as cost-effective as ocean shipping—and faster.

Over 100kg? Ocean freight is usually the most financially astute option, as sending heavy goods as air freight is expensive.

Under 35kg? Sorry, Shipa Freight does not provide quotes for shipping goods in this weight bracket.

Why Choose Shipa Freight to Ship Cargo From India to Italy?

Here are some of the benefits of partnering with Shipa Freight as your forwarder when you export from India to Italy:

  • Our digital platform brings ease and convenience to international shipping
  • Shipping quotes are generated in a matter of minutes in the vast majority of cases
  • Customs clearance requirements are explained clearly so you know what you need to do
  • Booking and paying for shipping is quick and easy
  • Experts from our parent company, Agility Logistics are available 24/7 to provide support and advice
  • Our GPS-enhanced site allows you to track your shipping from India to Italy using your smart device

“With Shipa Freight, I could do everything from quotation to booking with just a click”.

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