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Can I Mail Clothing from USA to Italy?

post #1 of 26
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Just got back from my local post office here in the States. I was mailing a box of goods to a friend in Italy. Filling out the customs form I was honest and wrote there were a couple t-shirts in the box. (I valued the shirts at way lower than what I paid though.) Guy at the post office takes one look at my form and proclaims, "nope, can't mail any clothing to Italy".

We had a nice brief chat about it and I said "just mail it anyways" which he was cool with. I've mailed clothing to friends in Italy in the past and never had a problem. Perhaps this new rule is new-ish? The list of prohibited items is insanely long for Italy.

I set it up so that if customs denies my box they will mail it back to me (at my cost).

Would like to hear from others if they had any recent experiences with this. Thanks.
post #2 of 26

Never heard that it was an issue but never tried.

 

IME USPS workers while sometimes being idiots are usually properly informed.

post #3 of 26
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This is what he showed me:

"Haberdashery and sewn articles of any kind, including trimmings and lace; handkerchiefs; scarves; shawls, needlework including stockings and gloves; bonnets, caps, and hats of any kind."

Here is the entire list of restricted items to send to Italy. Insane if you ask me.

If it even gets mailed back to me, maybe I'll try with FedEx and bullshit the entire customs form. This is stupid. Fingers crossed.
post #4 of 26
Yeah Italy is annoying to ship to, but the only real problem I have had was with shoes. They are adamant about no shoes to italy. Ive shipped at least 50 things though, all clothing, declared as clothing with no problem.
post #5 of 26
Why do they restrict this stuff?
post #6 of 26
Fill out the paperwork/customs online and simply hand the package to them to be processed. I'm sure they won't care enough to get the package in the system.

Your only problem is dealing with the black hole of Poste Italiane.

This will tell you what your postal worker does/ does not know.

http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/il_008.htm

Apparently, they must be trying to keep chloroform tactics used by certain SF DT denizens out of their country.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by willpower View Post

Why do they restrict this stuff?

I don't know for sure, but I assume because they consider themselves world leaders in clothing and shoe manufacture, they want to keep purchases nationalistic.
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Originally Posted by erdawe View Post

Fill out the paperwork/customs online and simply hand the package to them to be processed. I'm sure they won't care enough to get the package in the system.

Your only problem is dealing with the black hole of Poste Italiane.

Both right. Print the label online and nobody gives a crap when you just drop it off. Also, more packages go missing when shipping to Italy than any other country. Clients have told me how shady and corrupt their postal system is.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

Yeah Italy is annoying to ship to, but the only real problem I have had was with shoes. They are adamant about no shoes to italy. Ive shipped at least 50 things though, all clothing, declared as clothing with no problem.

Thanks for this. It gives me a little relief.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by erdawe View Post

Fill out the paperwork/customs online and simply hand the package to them to be processed. I'm sure they won't care enough to get the package in the system.

I filled it out at the post office. Next time (if my last package makes it to Italy) I mail something I will do this. I'm assuming if you fill it out online you list the items on that form and when you print it out the man at the post office isn't privy to seeing what you listed for customs?
post #10 of 26
Next time post human remains. And live bees.
post #11 of 26
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Why do they restrict this stuff?

It's the 10-gallon hats, me thinks.

They do nothing but clash with classic eye-talian tailoring.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by blairh View Post


I filled it out at the post office. Next time (if my last package makes it to Italy) I mail something I will do this. I'm assuming if you fill it out online you list the items on that form and when you print it out the man at the post office isn't privy to seeing what you listed for customs?



They do see it, but nobody looks, they just see if the postage is paid. Start a conversation to distract if you are nervous lol
post #13 of 26

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Originally Posted by blairh View Post

This is what he showed me:

"Haberdashery and sewn articles of any kind, including trimmings and lace; handkerchiefs; scarves; shawls, needlework including stockings and gloves; bonnets, caps, and hats of any kind."

Here is the entire list of restricted items to send to Italy. Insane if you ask me.

If it even gets mailed back to me, maybe I'll try with FedEx and bullshit the entire customs form. This is stupid. Fingers crossed.

 

+10. i never heard such stupid BS in my life.. no photos? no toys that aren't made wholly of wood.. WTF!!!

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


They do see it, but nobody looks, they just see if the postage is paid. Start a conversation to distract if you are nervous lol

Hilarious.

He's a weirdo this guy. I've dealt with him before. He looked at my customs form and yelled out immediately, "Take it home. Nope. No way clothing is getting to Italy."

I froze for a second because I spent the money for my friends to get them the stuff and then I was going through the trouble of putting the package together and of course mailing it to Italy. I just said, "look, just send it and I'll deal with whatever is the result".

If the package gets there with no issues, I'll mail them some clothing during Xmas. We'll see. No shoes of course. smile.gif
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by blairh View Post


Hilarious.

He's a weirdo this guy. I've dealt with him before. He looked at my customs form and yelled out immediately, "Take it home. Nope. No way clothing is getting to Italy."

Id suggest the next town over, then. smile.gif
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