Transport Italy with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Italy. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

As the fourth most densely populated country in Europe, with a coastline of more than 7,600 kilometres and four neighbouring countries (France, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland), Italy is not only popular with tourists but also an ideal country for international trade relations. The southern European country with cities like Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and Palermo is one of the largest economies in the EU and the world. Thanks to its location on the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is ideal for doing business efficiently and successfully. 

The country mainly imports and exports machinery/equipment, metal products, chemicals and textile goods. Italy's main trading partners are: Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the United States. 

For transport to and from this interesting transport country, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Italy. 

Major transport routes Italy and your benefits 

Whether it is road freight, rail transport, sea freight or air freight, as one of the largest economies in the world, Italy is well equipped for transport.

Italy has one of the best developed road networks. About 6200 km of (privatised) highways connect all the country's cities. The A1 is the busiest route, connecting Milan, Rome, Florence, Bologna and Naples in the south of the country. 

Despite supposed transport problems due to its geographical location near the Alps, rail freight transport functions perfectly. Tens of thousands of kilometres of track connect all major cities, allowing us to bring your goods across the country on high-speed lines. 

The same applies to air freight. With a large number of airports, Italy can be reached directly and your goods reach their destination quickly, where possible we do so in combination with intermodal transport options. The largest airport is in Rome (Rome-Fiumicinio). In the highly industrialised north, there are also several other important ports of refuge. 

With the country's vast Mediterranean coastline, goods are also shipped efficiently and quickly through the country's deep-sea ports.Gioia Tauro, Genoa, Trieste and Taranto are the main cargo ports on the west coast. For the Adriatic and southern coasts, Venice and Brindisi are very important. So all in all, the country is perfect for global transport

An aerial view taken of the port in Ancona, Italy. A hotspot for sea transport. | Transport Italy | Seacon Logistics
An overview of the city of Milan in Italy | Transport Italy | Seacon Logistics

Key cities for freight transport in Italy

In Italy, the various industrial areas are spread throughout the country. Certain logistics centres generate the largest turnover in the country. 

The first is the capital Rome: its central location makes it a hub for transport between north and south. In addition, Rome has the country's largest airport (Rome-Fiumicinio) and much of its industry, government and population is located in or around the capital. 

Naples fulfils a role as a smaller economic centre of Italy with many family-run businesses. But one centre stands out: Lombardy. Called Italy's economic engine, this region is also one of the four strongest economic regions in the EU. Despite its small size (compared to Italy as a whole), both industrial production and the country's economic wealth are found in this region. Its convenient location in relation to neighbouring countries Switzerland, Austria and nearby France makes exchange and trade ideal. Do you also want to benefit from Italy's economic strength? Then please contact our specialists. 

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Italy. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Italy:

  • Groupage transport to Italy 
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Italy
An overview photo of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, with transport and traffic rushing by | Transport Italy | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Italy - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Italy - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Special transport Italy

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Italy. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Italy to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Italy: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Italy to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Italy

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Italy arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Italy

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

The regions surrounding Italy's neighbouring countries are particularly heavy with freight traffic.That is why the Italian authorities here strictly check for possible traffic violations. In general, there are some particulars to consider when transporting goods in Italy and the Schengen area of the European Union. We have listed the important information for you: 

  • Sunday driving ban: In Italy, there is a general Sunday driving ban for trucks, just as in Germany. Between 7am/9pm and 10pm, it is forbidden to drive on freight roads on Sundays and public or regional holidays.
  • Cabotage transport (domestic transport performed by a carrier established in another EU Member State): Cabotage transport must comply with Italian wage and social regulations. This includes minimum wage, holidays and workplace conditions. We are happy to give you independent advice on this to avoid problems of a legal nature.
  • EU membership: Depending on the project, you will need an EU permit or CEMT permit for international transport. See also the bilateral licences between Italy and third countries.
  • Particularity Brenner Autobahn (from Innsbruck to the Brenner Pass): Drivers who break the ban on overtaking for trucks on the A22 twice within 2 years will have their driving licence revoked for 3 months. Because of the special importance of the highway, the rules here are stricter than elsewhere.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Italy, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than Italy? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries: 

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Then please do not hesitate to contact us. We know the logistical challenges of our customers and have been optimising their logistics chains for decades. No distance is too far or challenge too great. Are you ready to take your logistics chain to the next level? Then be sure to get in touch with us.

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