Preparing to export

Start-up considerations

Selling to Italy is often best achieved by appointing an agent or a distributor.

Contact the DIT team in Italy at: to help find tax and legal advisers before entering into any distribution or agency contracts. Always seek appropriate trade and bank references before consigning goods.

Italian corporate law differentiates between

  • partnerships

  • corporations

  • limited liability companies

The most common types of companies are:

  • Società per Azioni (S.p.A) which are companies with liability limited by shares

  • Società a responsabilità limitata (S.r.l) which are companies with liability limited by quotas

If you want to set up a company in Italy, you can complete the necessary procedures through business assistance organisations known as Sportello Unico Attività Produttive (SUAPs). See:


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