Fact Sheet

Exporting to Italy: Short guide for market entry

As Switzerland's southern neighbor, Italy is one of the most important trading partners, receiving 15.8 billion francs’ worth of Swiss exports in 2017. There are several ways to do business in Italy as a Swiss company. Our short guide provides an overview and shows you how to proceed.


Geographically close and culturally similar, Italy is an attractive market for Swiss exporters, and there are several ways to approach the Italian market and do business there. In practice, the market can be entered via the following channels:


  • Direct supply, with or without a distribution network in Italy
  • Fiscal representation for value added tax purposes in the case of sales to private individuals or via VAT deposits
  • Branch office in the case of a fixed business premises or permanent establishment with the existence of salaried staff
  • Italian subsidiary


Which channel is right for you?

In the Swiss Business Hub Italy's short guide, you will find an overview of the individual forms and what you need to bear in mind. The guide can be downloaded from the download area below.


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