Moving from and to Italy: Useful Advice from Field Experts
by Skaiste Kristina Rucyte
This article stems from the need to offer some clear advices so that a citizen residing abroad may face a removal from and to Italy in an organized way and stress-free.
We want to emphasize that a removal may represent a significant source of stress. Among the various causes that favor said stress, moving to another country, a different social environment and the relationships connected to it certainly play a decisive role. Moreover, a new job and the need to start from scratch in a completely different productive context certainly doesn’t help. Besides, in this kind of situation, one may have to tackle with problems simply linked to their removal, such as damages to furniture, items, delays in the delivery of the goods, the family left at the mercy of the events, etc.
The first advice that I would like to give you, therefore, is to choose a specialist. “A removal is a serious thing”; there are many variables at stake; it’s not just a matter of moving the goods from point A to point B, it involves actually the movement of people’s lives. You must therefore choose the right moving company.
Removals to Italy for foreign citizens
Documents and taxes for a removal to Italy
First of all, we may consider that a foreign citizen comes to Italy either for work or on vacation.
If he/she comes to Italy for work he/she will certainly need to:
- Register at the Italian Immigration Office;
- Obtain the Italian fiscal code card [tax code card]: a document that serves to identify unambiguously individuals residing in Italy irrespective of residency status;
- Starting the procedure for enrolment in the city’s population register;
- Self-certification (usually issued by the company handling the removal on behalf of the person concerned).
Furthermore, in order to obtain a Franchigia [extraordinary exemption of part of the payment] from the Italian Customs Office, it is necessary to have a fiscal code card (as mentioned above) and have filed an application for a residence permit with the local authorities at the city of destination.
On the contrary, if you intend to come to Italy on vacation or, in any case, to carry with you some goods without staying or working in Italy, the following payments must be made:
- Customs fees: 22% of VAT (immediately);
- Customs duties varying between 5 and 12%.
If, after reading the above requirements, you got the goosebumps, I can clearly say that you don’t have to worry, during your international removal you will not be left alone. With the support of the right partner, you will be advised and guided during all the phases of the removal, without any stress whatsoever, promise!!
What company should you choose?
Assuming that you are an American citizen (or a citizen of any other country) and want to move to Italy, you have two possibilities:
- You can either contact a local company;
- Or you can contact a company in the destination country.
Our advice is to make a choice only when you have all the information on the company and, based on such information, said company appears to be trustworthy.
For example: we, at Bliss Moving & Logistics, carried out many removal services for persons who contacted us directly from the origin country. Whether they are new or old customers, we know how to find the best solution for their removal. How?
- Clarity in communication and assistance during the entire removal;
- Worldwide qualified and specialized partners who handle the service (at origin or destination) on our behalf;
- Qualifications and high performance standards;
- Exclusive ancillary services.
Now, if you want to be sure that you have chosen the right partner for your removal, all you have to do is follow our advice and pinpoint the above characteristics.
Are my personal belongings safe?
Choosing the right removal company means also understanding the percentage of accidents that occurred during the last working year in the services it handled. Does it make any sense to choose a company with a percentage equal to or higher than 10%? I really don’t think so. Moreover, I must say that it is not necessary to pay attention only to this aspect, as the ideal thing would be to add to the removal contract an insurance policy which may reassure you on the integrity of your belongings during the shipment.
For example, Bliss Moving & Logistics has an accident percentage equal to 3% and we offer our customers, as an ancillary service, something that is much more than a mere insurance policy à the Bliss Protection Plan, an insurance plan with “all risks covered” through an ad hoc insurance policy entered into with the world leading insurance company as regards the transportation sector: London Lloyds. Plus other exclusive services.
Removals from Italy to other foreign countries
The above also applies to the different aspects of removals from Italy to other foreign countries:
- Where do you want to go?
- What are you taking with you?
Once the above two points have been pinpointed, you can contact the moving company and together you will find the right solution for the type of shipment and related documents!
What if I have a Pet?
I don’t think that in the year 2017 making an animal travel from one continent to another represents a problem. Of course, at first, this may seem quite “strange” or apparently dangerous. It is absolutely not so! Various authoritative statistics confirm that animals travelling by air are highly protected, in that they have a cabin dedicated exclusively to them with very high comfort! There are quite a few companies that can help you with the shipment of your furry friend. Bliss Pet Services is part of the Bliss Corporation group. It is a leading company specialized in the shipment of animals throughout the world, with a highly qualified, multilingual and certified staff and international partners, in order to guarantee an excellent origin and destination service and 5 offices in Europe:
Well, now, both you and your four-legged friend can sleep soundly!