Moving to Rome, Italy is a move that many desire to make. Once you arrive in the busy industrial capital of Italy you may realize that having your own personal vehicle to get around will help not only financially but with saving time when you need to get somewhere. Rome is a city that showcases perfect driving weather year-round and manipulating the busy city streets is easily done once you begin to drive on your own. The first thing that you’ll need to do when planning to ship your car to Rome will be to hire a professional automobile transport company that can ship internationally. A professional auto transporter will be able to answer all of your automobile shipping questions as well as give you information you will need on customs regulations and fees and the total cost of shipping internationally to Rome.
Documentation and Vehicle Preparation.
When shipping a car overseas you will need to schedule the transport ahead of time, preferably 2-4 weeks in advance if possible so the transporter can set up the time available to pick your car up. You’ll need to give them a copy of your driver’s license and social security number to verify your identity. They will also get the details of your car including the make, model and year as well as the mode of transport you will be using and the port the car will be shipped from in order to give you an accurate shipping price quote. Your quote will also vary depending on the amount of import taxes that will be due when the car arrives at the entry port and whether you will need the car delivered when it arrives.
To prepare your vehicle for transport it is usually advisable to check the amount of insurance coverage included with shipping and to make sure a complete inspection is done just before the car is loaded onto the carrier. You will also want to remove all personal items from the interior of the car and check the fluid and battery levels to make sure they are at the proper levels.
Modes of International Transport.
Your shipping agent will work with you to decide the right mode of international transport for your car. Primarily you will choose from RORO or Enclosed shipping. Shipping with RORO is the preferred way for millions each year to ship a car internationally. Your car is driven onto the shipping carrier in the United States and then driven off when it reaches Rome. You’ll be able to pick your car up and drive it through customs and then to your new location or have it delivered once customs has cleared the vehicle. RORO is the least expensive way to transport a car overseas. Enclosed shipping is convenient if you have a classic automobile or if you may need to ship personal belongings as well as your car. Your car (and personal belongings) are loaded inside of a shipping container and then transported. Enclosed shipping is a little more expensive than RORO but it will allow more protection during transport as well as let you relocate other belongings to Rome.
Regulations for Customs Clearance.
Rome, and all of Italy has very few regulations when it comes to customs clearance. The primary thing that you will need to do is register your automobile and obtain an Italian license plate when importing the car. To do this you will need to provide the following paperwork to the Provincial Motorization Office and have it registered at the Public Register of Motor Vehicles:
- Vehicle Title (Foreign or Domestic) showing signature of owner.
- Sales Receipt or Commercial Invoice showing ownership if new owners name is not yet on the car title.
- Photo Identification or Driver’s License with photo to show identity.
- Residence certificate of applicant.
- Social Security Number or Tax Code Number.
- Copy of Vehicle Registration.
- Copy of Photo Identification. If the photo ID is not written in Italian it must be accompanied by an Italian translation document as well that shows it is a certified identification document.
- Residence Certificate of the vehicle owner or documentation showing that residency has been applied for.
- NP2B registration form obtained from the office of Civil Motorization along with the owners tax code number.
- Sales Invoice that has been notarized with the owner’s signature and shows the revenue stamp.
- Foreign certificate of registration as well as a copy of registration.
- TT 2119 application that has been signed by the owner.
- If the automobile is owned by a company it will need a Certificate of Commerce including revenue stamps naming the legal automobile driver’s name.
For further in depth information on regulations for automobile registry in Rome you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy for detailed information. You will also be required to pay import duties and register to pay taxes in Italy. All residents in Rome must pay taxes whether they have imported a motor vehicle or not. For new car owners you will be required to also pay a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 22%. If you have owned the motor vehicle for at least one year prior to relocation you can be exempted from paying the import duties. Proof of ownership is required. You will also need to immediately register the car and have Italian license plates. Cars found without Italian plates are subject for repossession by the police in Rome and throughout Italy.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.