Shipping Antiques from Italy
Dear Diva Readers,
hile it’s fun and exciting to shop for antiques in Europe, once you make your purchases you have to be able to get them home! This can sometimes prove to be a tricky feat, but as long as you’re prepared and versed in the import regulations (or have someone who is), your treasures should arrive safe and sound in your home country. While we do not do shipping ourselves at The Antiques Diva & Co we are always happy to introduce you to some of our favorite shippers who can help get your goods home sweet home across the pond. On tour we help fill out paperwork and liaise you with your chosen shipper.
Before taking a group of VIP Buyers on tour in Italy last week we provided them with a list of preferred shippers and gave them information on export laws before they even started shopping. Let me share an example with you. Did you know that according to Italian law on Heritage, all artistic items more than 50 years old can be exported abroad only following a special export procedure, to get official authorization to cross Italian boundaries? There are forms involved and authorities request photos of the items that are to be exported. It sounds much more complicated than it is – as long as you have the appropriate contacts in place the process can be quite simple.
Also, items made of or containing parts made of materials coming from endangered species (ivory, coral, tortoise shells etc) require a special CITES certificate for export. They can be exported without provenance certification only if they can be declared “made” before 1947. New regulations recently implemented in the United States have made this a hot topic so before buying abroad these items you will want to contact an expert to help with the process to guarantee your purchases will make it into your home country.
If this all sounds intimidating, have no fear because The Antiques Diva & Co is here and we can help you navigate the process of buying abroad and connect you with the right experts who will assist you with any questions!
Can’t wait to take you on an Antiques Diva Tour!
The Antiques Diva®
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