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(Country code: IT)


Priority™ Worldwide (Delivery Standards)   03   30   NO   $1000
Xpresspost™ – International   102   30   YES   $1000
International Parcel™ (Surface)   402   20   YES   $1000
Tracked Packet - International   02   2   NO   $100
Small Packet™ (Air)   02   2   NO   N/A
Small Packet™ (Surface)   02   2   NO   N/A

Letter-post™   YES   YES   NO
Money Orders™    NO   —   —

Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.

Import Restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting:

  • food products, vitamin and mineral supplements and medicines
  • alcoholic beverages, spirits
  • animal and animal products
  • books
  • chemicals
  • coffee/tea/spices
  • cologne and perfume
  • cosmetics
  • cereals
  • cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • drugs
  • fabric and fabric samples
  • foodstuffs
  • leather goods
  • iron and steel
  • medical; samples / supplies and equipment
  • oil products
  • organic/inorganic chemicals
  • plants and plant products
  • perishables
  • seeds
  • shoes
  • tobacco
  • weapons
  • works of art
  • wood products
  • yarn.

Milk and milk products must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate from the country of origin.

The importation of certain classes of merchandise may be prohibited or restricted to protect the economy and security of Italy and other EU member states, to safeguard consumer health, well being, and to preserve domestic plant and animal life. Some commodities are also subject to an import quota or a restraint under bilateral trade agreements and arrangements. In addition to Customs requirements, many prohibited or restricted imports are subject to laws and regulations administered by other Italian Government agencies for which the Italian Customs Department is the enforcer. These laws and regulations may, for example, prohibit entry; limit entry to certain points; restrict routing, storage, use, require treatment, labelling or processing as condition of release. Customs release only takes place when the additional requirements are met. These requirements apply to all importation types, including shipments made by mail. The exporter should make certain that the Italian importer has provided proper information to (1) permit the submission of necessary information concerning packing, labelling, etc. and (2) ensure that necessary arrangements have been made by the importer for entry of the merchandise into Italy.

The following commodities are prohibited via PriorityTM Worldwide service into Italy. However, you may be able to use another Canada Post service for shipping these items:

  • log and timber products from Liberia (wood-chips, poles, post, fence pickets, sheets, flooring, molding, pallet, tool handles, barrels, crates, tableware/kitchenware, shutters, blinds, cases/boxes/chests for jewellery and silverware clothes hangers, clothespins, toothpicks, etc).


Casual donations sent by people abroad to friends in Italy, or imported personally by persons who are not residents of Italy, as gift for friends are not subject to duty or taxes.

Articles consigned as "Unsolicited gifts" are acceptable and will be allowed entry free of any duty or VAT providing the shipment is valued at less than 45 EURO originated from and consigned to an individual, and are individually wrapped. Multiple gifts can be consigned in one shipment so long as the individual parcels enclosed are individually tagged with the recipients name, are individually wrapped and the value does not exceed the per person limit of 45 EURO. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts and will be subject to full duty and VAT. Generally, most articles can be consigned as gifts, except those articles noted prohibited or restricted for import (see General Import Prohibitions and Restrictions).

Prohibited Items

Items considered non-mailable matter by the Canada Post Corporation Act & Regulations (see chapter "Non-mailable Matter").

  • all forms of fibers
  • all weapons/arms whether they are intended for sport, hunting, combat or collerctors items
  • Atlantic red tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, or Honduras
  • certain U.S. Beef hormones
  • albuminoidal substances; modified starches, enzymes
  • antiques
  • airline tickets, blank stock
  • asbestos
  • bearer share certificates; bonds, cheques, open tickets
  • edible fruit/nuts, peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • eggs and dairy produce
  • fish and other acquatic invertebrates
  • furs
  • fossilized animals
  • fertilisers
  • honey
  • hunting trophies
  • insects
  • items having a flexible metal blade entirely contained in a plastic, paper, or fabric sheath
  • l-trytophane and any items having L-trytophane as an ingredient
  • lithium batteries or cell, in or outside of equipment
  • meat and edible meat substances
  • medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human use
  • milk
  • mineral products and fuels
  • prepared foodstuffs;
  • products of chemical industries
  • precious metals and stones
  • ores, slag and ash
  • rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • tobacco and tobacco substitutes
  • toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • live animals, animal products
  • vegtable products
  • sugar and sugar confectionery
  • soap, organic surface agents
  • works of arts, pieces and antiques.

The following items are prohibited in San Marino:

  • log and timber products from Liberia (wood-chips, poles, post, fence pickets, sheets, flooring, molding, pallet, tool handles, barrels, crates, tableware/kitchenware, shutters, blinds, cases/boxes/chests for jewelry and silverware, clothes hangers, clothespins, toothpicks, etc.)
  • tobacco.

Documentation Required

Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.

In addition, an import permit is required for many goods mailed to Italy. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Clear indication of the sender and addressee (full names and addresses, with telephone numbers if possible). Clear and detailed description of the items must also be included. Commercial goods require: an invoice, a Certificate of Origin and the tax code of the addressee.

Document Requirements

Consular Invoices - None

Certificates of Origin - Certificates of Origin are required for the importation of any Textile products valued at over 45 Euros. Exceptions from this requirement include marked and mutilated samples; luggage made up of textile materials, Canvas bags, and Bona- fida Gifts, . A Certificate of origin is recommended for every commodity subject to import licensing and /or quota restrictions from some origin countries.

EUR 1 Form Import - An EUR 1 form may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under various bilateral agreements by the European Union countries and participating specific countries or groups of countries. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in possession of the Importer at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

Quotas - Quotas have been assigned by the European Union to specific countries for specific products, which allow for the controlled importation of specific products.

Commercial Invoices - Invoices are required for all dutiable shipments relating to commercial transactions between companies and companies; companies and individuals, regardless of the value. Commercial invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction. It must be in Italian for export shipments or accompanied by a translation. It can be in any official language for import shipments and, if required by customs, must be accompanied by a translation. If requested by Customs an Italian translation must be furnished by a party who is knowledgeable of the transaction.

Specific invoice details are required for a number of commodities including the following:

  • Audio/video cassettes and tapes - the length and width of the tape, a brief synopsis of the content and the reason for exportation;
  • Textiles - the fabric breakdown, whether knit or woven and, for clothing articles, the gender;
  • Marked/mutilated samples - the words "mutilated samples" or " marked samples, not for resale" as applicable;
  • Software on CD's and floppy disks - The value of software must be shown separately from software support.

Dangerous Goods Certification - Some goods will, in addition to the standard documentation noted above, require DG certification. (i.e. perfumes, liquor, chemicals, etc.)

Declaration of Antiquity - A declaration must be shown on the invoice for goods over 100 years old. The statement must include the words "circa date" followed by the year of manufacture whether known or estimated.

Import permits - Permits are required from Ministero del Commercio Estero for the following:

  • livestock and animals parts of
  • steel
  • textiles and Clothing.

Custom Procedures

Items are segregated according to the following:

  • Consignments below 45 euros
  • Consignments between 45 euros and 1.200 euros
  • Consignments over 1.200 euros.

For all commercial items over 22 euros a customs declaration must be prepared. All prepared lists and customs declarations are sent electronically to Customs, who have 2 hours’ time to authorize release or initiate customs inspection.