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Doing business in Italy


Doing business in Italy

Italy is the world's eighth largest economy for its nominal GDP and the third largest in the European Union. Thanks to its geopolitically strategic position, Italy represents a very interesting commercial and economic hub: doing business in Italy means having easy access to the rest of Europe, as well as having connections with North Africa and the Middle East.

Italy is the number one in the luxury sector with 24 companies in the global TOP 100. The food sector is growing and today it is worth EUR 41billion. However, Italian excellence is not only related to the luxury, fashion, and food markets: Italy is a great exporter in many sectors. For example, at present it is the leading European exporter of bicycles, medicines and pharmaceutical products. As far as concerns Italo-Australian economic relations, the most demanded Italian goods in Australia are machinery, food and beverage. Australia, on the other hand, mainly exports to Italy products from mines. In addition, in recent years Italy has been promoting and investing in research and innovation - in particular in the fields of neuroscience and robotics -, two areas more and more intertwined with the industrial processes.

Those users interested in doing business in Italy can check the dedicated websites of ICE (Agenzia per la promozione all'estero e l'internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane) and MAECI (Ministero degli affari esteri e della cooperazione internazionale) at the following links:

the ICE Agency website

> in particular the handbooks Doing business in Italy and Invest in Italy, at the bottom of ICE’s Invest in Italy page.

the portal Invest in Italy - Real Estate, a project realized by ICE and providing investment offers in public properties, public or public-private owned companies for Italian and foreign operators.

Vetrina Made in Italy, accessible after registering to the ICE website.

The free service vetrina online on the international website of ICE agency (in English): the service offers Italian companies a virtual space to best present their products.

the website Italian enterprises with easy access to all the support services for internationalization.

Excellence - Italian Main Industrial Sectors, aimed at promoting Italian excellence abroad (issued November 2020).

the official website of the Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze, offering insights and details on the opportunities to do business and produce in Italy in view of the recent economic reforms.