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Italy Importer of Record and IT Shipping

Importing IT hardware into Italy requires an Importer of Record or logistics partner that can navigate EORI and VAT requirements.

Italy Importer of Record at a Glance: 

Importer of Record 

  • If you’re looking to act as the Importer of Record in Italy, you’ll need an EORI #
  • If you cannot act as your own Importer of Record, FGX can provide Importer of Record services

IT Shipping & Logistics 

  • Shipments into Italy take approximately a week or less for door-to-data center delivery
  • Italy is a popular location for smart hands services

Importer of Record and Pre-Shipment Documentation 

Importer of Record 

Like other locations in Europe, utilizing Importer of Record services in Italy is fairly common and uncomplicated. If you have an Italian entity with an import license, FGX can help you act as your own Importer of Record and assist in the VAT reclamation process. If you are not eligible to act as your own Importer of Record or prefer to utilize an Importer of Record provider, FGX can provide our services as part of our supply-chain solution.


You will need an EORI number for any imports into the EU. Your EORI number allows customs to track your shipment throughout Europe and is an extension of your VAT number. If you are acting as your own Importer of Record then you will need your own EORI number. If FGX is providing you with an Importer of Record service, then one will be provided for you.

Registering for your own VAT ID in Italy will enable you to submit VAT reclamations on eligible imports. Please read our VAT reclamation article here for more information.

IT Shipping & Logistics

The shipping and logistics process is relatively quick. Airfreight takes two to three days, customs clearance takes about a day, and last-mile delivery within Italian metro areas is the next day. If you have a knowledgeable supply-chain provider you should be able to complete your shipment, end-to-end, within a week or less. While we can typically secure air freight and ship your equipment within a couple of days, routing delays can occur adding a day or two to transit time.

Italy is a common location for our clients to take advantage of smart hands services as well. If you are deploying your equipment to a data center, FGX can also provide smart hands support in Italy as part of our door-to-data center solution.

FGX manages all of our client’s shipments door-to-door (or door-to-datacenter). This case study showcases how we navigated IT logistics and importation into Italy at the time that it was written. Regulations and challenges are constantly changing and exact shipping requirements may have changed. To learn more about FGX and how our global shipping platform can help your company, reach out here.