TRADING WITH

ITALY

TRADING WITH

ITALY

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Rich in history and culture, but is the Italian market rich in opportunities?

Known for its food, art, fashion and literature, Italy is an attractive destination for both tourists and exporters. Italy’s economy is moving in the right direction and, with the UK being its seventh biggest origin for imports, it should definitely be at the forefront of your mind when considering expanding your business to foreign markets.

Italy is a major global economy, it’s the eighth largest in the world and third largest in the EU. Out of 190 nations, the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business league table ranks Italy as the 58th easiest country to trade with, below neighbouring countries like France (32nd), Spain (30th), Poland (40th), the UK (8th) and Germany (22nd).

Italy lags behind in internet adoption and e-commerce use, but it’s catching up with its European neighbours growing at 14 per cent. In 2018, Italian internet usage stood at 31.6 per cent and is predicted to reach 35 per cent by 2022. Italians’ preferred online payment method is PayPal, accounting for 47 per cent of users. This is compared to 31 per cent who prefer to pay via credit or debit card.

COUNTRY PROFILE

Population: 60.5 million

Currency: Euro

Business languages: Italian

Ease of Doing Business: Ranked 58 out of 190

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

PUNCTUALITY IS NOT A PRIORITY FOR ITALIANS SO BE PATIENT AND PREPARED FOR SOME DELAY

Italy's strongest e-commerce age group is 35-44

EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Take a look at the top three industry export opportunities in Italy.

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DID YOU KNOW?

E-commerce in Italy is growing at 14 per cent

The number 17 is unlucky for Italians because the roman numeral (XVII) is a symbol associated with death

Italy is the fourth largest market for luxury goods in the world

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ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP

International trade can be confusing but there are lots of organisations to support businesses of all sizes in their international endeavours.

British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

The BCC is an independent business network with accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world.

The BCC is central to supporting the UK export market;. They connect UK businesses with International Chambers of Commerce, providing UK exporters with connections in new markets and creating vital documentation, including letters of credit, ATA Carnets and Certificates of Origin.

Find your local Chambers
Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade (DIT)

DIT is the government’s central organisation to support export businesses. DIT promotes British trade across the world and helps UK based businesses take advantage of the opportunities presented by international markets.

DIT offers a number of programmes and initiatives to advise and support UK businesses on how to grow internationally. Our customers find the tailored leads for opportunities available via DIT’s “Exporting is Great” services particularly useful.

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Small Business Export Advisors
Call 01332 828402 for DHL’s Small Business Export Advisors or email gettingstarted@dhl.com

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