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I am considering buy an Alfa from Italy.
Anyone who has experience with shipping and customs, please advise me on how to go about this once I've found a car.

Thanks in advance!
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Italy can be tough

I have purchased an Alfa from Sweden and one from Italy. The shipping from Sweden was simple. I did roll on roll of to Jacksonville and it was only 1300. I picked the car up in Jax. There is a bit of a hassle to this. You have to hire an escort to get onto the docks. You have to go to the customs house and pay the duty and submit the DOT and EPA forms (can be downloaded from the net).
The you drive or tow it home. In Florida, all you need is a bill of sale IF you are going to register the car as antique--a fact that many DMV clerks don't know here. You don't need a title. But you first just get the VIN verified by an inspector from the DMV. In my case he drove down to Ft Myers from Bradenton and I met him at the main DMV location. The bill of sale must include the color of the car, make model VIN body style, year, price, full name and address of both buyer and seller and be signed by both.

Now, as for Italy, their bureaucracy is broken. I used an intermediary, Tomasso Gelmini of GPS Classics in Soragna to help. He charges a lot, but there was no other way I could see. Even he had huge hassles. And, he advised against RORO shipping from Italy, only container which is $$$.
So, if you can find a car you like in a country in Northern Europe like the Netherlands (Joop Stolze, Gallery Brummen and other dealers) it si a lot easier and much easier to deal with.

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Great information to know!
Thank you for the response!
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Just avoid Gallery Brummen........
Known locally as not too honest a seller.
I brought 2 Giulias from Germany, thru Belgium and shipped RORO out of Zeebrugge.
Easy with local help.
I would reach out to Rik, "Berlinista" here for advice/help. Very knowledgable and honest !

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I moved this to our new Shipping and Transporting forum, for just such topics.
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I am considering buy an Alfa from Italy.
Anyone who has experience with shipping and customs, please advise me on how to go about this once I've found a car.

Thanks in advance!
Most write-ups that I looked at recommended having the car delivered from Italy to a port in the Netherlands like Rotterdam. It avoids a lot (not all) of the Italian red tape.

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