Ship a Car to Italy

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How to Ship a Car to Italy

When you have to research shipping a car to Italy, you may worry that you won’t know where to begin. This is compounded if you have never gone through this process before. We’re here to hold your hand through each step. It’s our goal to keep you as well informed as possible so you can make the right decisions in shipping your car to Italy.

FYI, the cities we ship to in Italy are Civitavechhia, Livorno, Monfalcone, Naples, Palermo, Salerno, and Savona.

Depend on Ship Overseas, in business for more than 35 years, to ship your vehicle to Italy from the USA. It’s our hope that this page guides you in gaining the answers you seek to your questions. But as always, if you have more questions after reading through the information, call us today.

A free quote online is the best way to kick off the process of shipping a car to Italy from the USA is to obtain a free quote right here on our website. Have information handy regarding the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Italy) and we will handle everything else.

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Italy?

  • Pricing for shipping a car to Italy from the US ranges from $1200-$1500 for sedans and regular SUVs.
  • Pricing will depend on the car’s year/make/model and the arrival port.
  • To reduce pricing, you can meet us at the departure shipping port in USA

It’s tricky to predict the exact price you will pay until we have specific information regarding the type of car you have, how you will get it to the port, which part of the country you plan to ship it from, and which method of shipping you want. Once we get that from you, we will be better able to estimate costs.

Additional Information

  • Italian Citizens must own the vehicle for one year to avoid Import taxes Customs Duty(11% of the vehicle value), as well as VAT 20%(IVA)
  • Returning Italian Citizens must have lived away from Italy for more than 18 months in order to qualify to import a vehicle duty free.
  • There are restrictions for importing vehicles that are over 2000cc in engine size.
  • New Vehicles are discouraged.
  • Non-Italians may import one auto duty-free, provided that proof of ownership and use for at least one year is obtained by means of Certificate of Origin.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.

If you are in USA, contact the Italian Embassy by phone.
Italy Embassy
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 612-4400
All tax & fees are to be paid by at the arrival port by you or the designated person.
If you are shipping a car to Italy and your final destination is another country, you will be charged 30% tax on the value of the vehicle. This is refundable once you register your car in the destination country. If you are a Italian citizen, you will pay 11% customs taxes + 20% VAT. This will not apply if you can show residence out of Italy for more than one year.
If you are a tourist staying for a while, your 30% tax will be refunded once the car is shipped back to the country of origin; in this case, USA.

Vehicle Import Duty For Italy

If you are in USA, contact the Italian Embassy by phone.

Italy Embassy
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 612-4400

All tax & fees are to be paid by at the arrival port by you or the designated person.

If you are shipping a car to Italy and your final destination is another country, you will be charged 30% tax on the value of the vehicle. This is refundable once you register your car in the destination country. If you are a Italian citizen, you will pay 11% customs taxes + 20% VAT. This will not apply if you can show residence out of Italy for more than one year.

If you are a tourist staying for a while, your 30% tax will be refunded once the car is shipped back to the country of origin; in this case, USA.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Italy

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to the ports of Civitavechhia, Livorno, Monfalcone, Naples, PalermoSalerno, and Savona. The way in which your car arrives at its destination will depend on your preferences, type of car, budget and more.

Rest assured, we bring more than 35 years of experience to the table as a go-to freight forwarder. Ship Overseas ships to the above port on a regular basis, using one of these two methods:

RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships, meant for transporting wheeled cargo such as cars and motorcycles, entails vehicles being driven onto the ship of their own power (picture it like a big parking garage ramp).

Container Shipping – Your car will be shipped inside a container, along with other cars, if you select shared shipping, or it can make the trip all by itself if you go exclusive.

Keep browsing…more information to follow!

Ship Your Car to Savona

Savona, a seaport located in the western part of the northern Italian region of Liguria, sits on the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated next to the historic center of Savona, an important port for the economy of the regional capital. It’s a major terminal for ferries and cruise lines, and is a hub of shipping container activity.

Ship Your Car to Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia is a bustling sea port on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located nearly 40 miles from the center of Rome. The harbor, formed by two piers and a breakwater, features a lighthouse and is home to 52,000. We ship cars frequently to this port, which is essentially a modern city built over a pre-existing Etruscan settlement.

Ship Your Car to Livorno

A port city on the Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy, Livorno is the capital of the Province of Livorno. Home to 158,000, Livorno features one of the largest seaports in Italy and indeed the Mediterranean. It has an annual traffic capacity of 30 million tons of cargo, making it an important employer in the area. In fact, more than 15,000 employees provide services to more than 7,000 ships annually. The Port of Livorno is located along the Tyrrhenian Sea Corridor, handing all sorts of vessels, from RoRo to cruise ships.

Ship Your Car to Monfalcone

Monfalcone, a town in the province of Gorizia in Friuli-Venezia Giulia in northern Italy, sits on the Gulf of Trieste. It translates to “Mount of Falcon” in Italian and is a major industrial center for manufacturing ships, airplanes, textiles, chemicals and refined oil. As the fifth most populous town in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Monfalcone lies between the Carso hills and the Adriatic coast, and as such is the northernmost port of the Mediterranean Sea. We know this port well!

Ship Your Car to Naples

Naples, the regional capital of Campania, is the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. One of the most densely populated cities in Europe, Naples is home to nearly a million people. It’s one of the largest seaports in Italy and indeed the Mediterranean Sea basin, bringing an annual traffic capacity of 25 million tons of cargo. The port employs more than 4,800 employees providing services to more than 64,000 ships annually.

Ship Your Car to Palermo

Palermo, a city of Southern Italy, is well known for its history, culture, architecture and food. Located in the northwest of the island of Sicily on the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the port of Palermo is one of the most important ports for passenger traffic in the Mediterranean Sea. It stretches away from Francesco Crispi, near the ancient port of Cala, comprising areas such as Arenella and Acqua Santa.

Ship Your Car to Salerno

Salerno, the capital of the province of the same name, sits on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. As one of the most important and strategic ports on the Mediterranean sea, it primarily serves southwestern Italy. It’s considered one of the major domestic ports, playing an important role in the industrial and commercial systems of this area of the country. We know the ins and outs of shipping cars here, so don’t hesitate to ask us.

Trusted Military Partner

If you are an active military member and you need to ship a car to Italy, we can help. In fact, we also ship SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to the Italy port.We also import cars internationally into the USA from Italy.

Serving the Active Military community with attention to detail and quality services, we happen to be a trusted provider of international car shipping services.We can help you view many factors that will determine your final price tag. These range from modifications and weight to time limits and licensing.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

If you’re new to international car shipping, no problem: we can get your car where it needs to be. There are many advantages to each of the following methods:

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

This shipping method, extremely efficient and cost-effective, features the most reliable departure and arrival dates. New car manufacturers are big fans of this method and choose it when shipping their own vehicles overseas.

Many of our clients select this option for its affordability and predictability. It’s called that because it stands for Roll On and Roll Off. If you have a wheeled vehicle, such as a car, motorcycle, motorhome, camper, trailer, bus, construction vehicle or boat, and it is in working order,you would choose this. This method isn’t feasible if your car is in disrepair because it must be able to make it up and down the ramp without help.

All vehicles are protected against external elements,tied to the deck with little exposure to the ocean.

Container Shipping

If you prefer container shipping, there are two ways you can do this: shared or exclusive container shipping. The one that fits your needs best will depend on many things.

Shared Container Shipping

This is when your car shares a container with other vehicles and each container holds four vehicles. The drawback here is that you have to wait until the whole container is filled with vehicles before it can be loaded onto the container ship and set sail for the destination. Thus, you won’t really be advised of a fixed departure date in advance like you would with the RoRo method. What does this mean? You could find yourself waiting on standby an extra week until the container becomes filled.

That all being said, you are able to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, which you can’t do with RoRo. You are also able to ship vehicles that do not work.

If you have two or more vehicles to ship to Italy, or if you’re not in any rush to get there, this method is fine.

Exclusive Container Shipping

With this option, it’s just your car in the container, perfect for transporting exotic, expensive or rare vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc.your car will be the only one in the container, you can ship vehicles that do not work, and you can include personal belongings along with your car.

With added protection and attention to detail, you will get more peace of mind BUT you will spend more money for the privilege — more than RoRo and Shared Container shipping.

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