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Default Shipping a container from US to Italy

We are moving to Italy in November but putting things in storage until we have a permanent address. We hope in a year or less. But as we are packing things for storage now, are there any size rules or requirements you have run into that we should know about now? Will the shipping/container companies have requirements we can anticipate? Any of your advice will be appreciated.

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General rule is don't bring anything without sentimental value . For many things replacement costs are less than shipping. Even worse if you need to pay for a years storage.

Obviously nothing that plugs in.

On sizes most everything sold for an average North American home will be a little too big here. From beds to living rooms.
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And make a listing of everything you are packing - including what it is, when you acquired it, how much you paid and the estimated current replacement value. Obviously, you'll have to estimate most of that stuff. But for anything newly purchased before you packed it up, save the receipts.

The list will come in handy, both for shipping and eventually for clearing customs after arrival in Italy.

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If it was bought less than a year ago technically you're on the hook for IVA/VAT/Sales tax once you import it.

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I moved to Italy 19 years ago with a couple of suitcases, a couple of dual voltage electronics, family photos and a few mementos I couldn't part with after I had sold everything I owned in the USA so I could start over in Italy. It was a good choice because none of my American stuff would have fit in my living spaces in Italy nor would it have fit IN esthetically. My friend, on the other hand, moved her entire US household back to Italy and now does not have or use most of the goods she paid dearly to ship. I would rethink shipping household goods to Italy if I were you. In my opinion it's much less expensive to outfit a home in Italy than in the USA and the goods are better made and more attractive.

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Default A more detailed question about container shipping

First of all, thanks for the wise information. We are indeed downsizing furiously as we go. We’ve got almost no furniture coming with us, just one heirloom rocking chair really. But we will have about half a container or less of some art, musical instruments, some clothing, music and books we can’t part with. We are wondering if shipping companies will require these things to be packed in some uniform manner. In their own boxes, for example.

Thanks again for all the good advice so far.

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Less than full container would allow you to use a consolidator instead of renting your own full container.

Yes you should pack everything unless you want to pay the moving company to pack for you.

Some of the things on your list may require special packing/cases. The instruments for example. I would look for hard cases and not just generic storage cases. Books and clothing no big deal. The worse thing that might happen is your clothes wrinkle.

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