All about import duties on fashion and luxury shipments from Italy

What are the import duties from Italy to US? What about Italy to other countries? When you shop on italist, you shop and save with confidence!

As a global shopper, you have options for sourcing the luxury goods you want, including many online stores based in Europe, but the process of receiving shipments from each of those sellers can vary. italist makes it as easy as possible for you.

italist works with the best retail partners and brands in Italy and we sell at the Italian price, which is 40% lower on average than the rest of the world. It’s why our prices are cheaper than other sites you’ll find online or in-store.

What’s more, the value-added tax (VAT) refund that you would claim and receive after shopping in person in Italy and then departing the European Union (EU) is included in our pricing model already, since all the goods we sell leave Italy destined for another country.

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We export these goods from Italy to the rest of the world, which sometimes incurs import duties in the destination country. Even with those duties added, you’ll still spend less than if you shopped locally in your home country. This is the brilliance of italist!

Our customer care team works closely with customs and DHL to ensure a smooth delivery process, and we make every effort to include any additional fees in the price you see in checkout, so you don’t have to stress.

Other stores don’t do this and rarely have English-speaking customer service to resolve issues with if they are located in Italy.

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For orders shipped to countries within the EU, there are no customs duties. All prices are inclusive of VAT. So what are the import duties from Italy to US?

US-destined orders

Good news! There are no import duties below $800 in item value (except eyewear—see below), for orders shipped to the US! 

Click here to browse items for women and men capped at $800. The vast majority of our catalog is under this threshold.

Duties may be applied to any item valued at $800 and above. 

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Even if this happens, which is infrequent and inconsistently enforced, you will still save money vs. local retail pricing. Shop with confidence knowing that it’s unlikely you’ll pay additional fees.

Specific duties may be applied to each category depending on the classification. All the related taxes and fees are included in the total price at checkout, so there are no hidden costs.

Something to keep in mind when shopping from abroad, no matter from which store: If multiple items or orders arrive on the same day in the US, with a combined value of over $800, the customs agency may also collect duty fees

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This is according to The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, and is entirely out of our control, but depends on shipping times and days. This law applies to all shipments from abroad, not just those from italist. 

This is also infrequent however. We only hear of cases like this once in a while.

For more information about import duties from Italy to US, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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UK-destined orders

Since Brexit, the UK is no longer treated in the same way as other EU countries, so the rules are different.

In the UK, any goods imported to the UK from abroad worth more than £135 are subject to customs duties and/or VAT. The general VAT rate in the UK for most goods is 20%.


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The official Gov.UK site suggests calling their helpline for more specific details about the amount due, depending on the type of item imported.

For your italist order destined for the UK, any applicable taxes or duties that we are aware of are included in the price you see when you pay—no surprises!

Non-EU Countries

For most countries outside of the European Union (EU), an additional value-added tax (VAT) is normally not due. 

Our team facilitates the import/export process, and all the related duties and fees are included in the total price at checkout, so that there are no hidden costs.

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We’re as transparent about this as possible so there are no surprises, and you generally won’t have to deal with customs to get your order as is common with Rakuten, eBay, Vestiaire Collective, and the other European boutiques.

Of course, each country has its own rules and regulations, so it’s best to familiarize yourself with your home country’s rules related to importing luxury and fashion goods from Italy.

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When you shop with italist, you shop and save with confidence. And, you might even find something you can’t find anywhere else!

Our customer care team is available to you 24 hours a day to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about the import process and any import duties that may be applicable to your order.

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About the Author

Diego Abba is the CEO of, an LA-based luxury goods platform. With extensive leadership experience, Diego has held roles at gaming companies Sleepy Giant as CEO and Activision/Blizzard as VP of Finance. He’s also advised clients in media, technology, and private equity while at Bain & Company. Diego’s expertise spans regions, industries, and functions, with notable speaking engagements as an expert on e-commerce, retail trends, and digital communication. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and is fluent in French and Italian. Find him on LinkedIn.