Overview of the Chemical Industry in Italy and How to Buy Chemicals?

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Brief Introduction of Italy


  • Capital of Italy is Rome
  • It has a population of 60,302,093 million.
  • The total area is 301,318 km2.
  • The official language of Italy is Italian
  • The currency is Euro (EUR)

 Economic Statistics of Italy

Italy is the 6th largest economy in Europe and 10th in the world. It has a GDP of $2.004 trillion.

Economy Breakdown

  • Agriculture 1.93%
  • Industry 21.42%
  • Services 66.27%

Main Industries of Italy

The largest industries of Italy are:

  • Tourism
  • Machinery
  • Iron and Steel
  • Chemicals
  • Food Processing
  • Textiles
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Ceramics

Italy’s Main Import Partners

  • Germany 15.7%
  • France 8.58%
  • China 27%
  • Spain 5.32%
  • Netherlands 4.97%

Italy’s Main Export Partners

  • Germany 12.3%
  • France 10.5%
  • United States 9.87%
  • United Kingdom 5.32%
  • Spain 5.09%

Chemical Use in Italy


Given the economic growth of Italy, it is an attractive country for chemical trade. Italy’s chemical industry is diverse and includes chemicals for:

  • Machinery
  • Food Processing
  • Textiles

Textile Machinery industry in Italy.

Food Processing

Italy’s food processing industry is huge. In the food processing industries chemicals are extensively used. They are used as preservatives to protect and preserve food products from spoilage. Chemicals are also used as additives to add and enhance the flavour of foods products. They are also used as artificial colorants to add colour to food products. They are also used to maintain a clean, fresh, and shiny appearance of foodstuffs. Moreover, chemicals are also used for the packaging of foods.


Machinery industry uses chemicals for various purposes. Chemicals are very important in machine manufacturing. In the industry they are used to clean and maintain the metal surfaces of the machines. Chemicals are used to make the machinery resistant to rusting and corrosion. They are used to give the machines a clean and glossy look. They are used to ensure that the machinery is long lasting.


Textile industry is one of the largest in Italy. The use of chemicals in textiles is quite common and also necessary. Various chemicals are used in the different processes of textile industries. Chemicals are used for dyeing, cleaning, and processing the textiles. Furthermore, chemicals such as textile softeners, wetting agents, wax removing agents, textile sizing chemicals etc. are used in the textile industries. They are used to enhance the texture and overall appearance of textiles.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of the Country


Italy is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are:

  • Port of Gioia Tauro
  • Port of Ravenna
  • Port of Venice
  • Port of Bari
  • Port of Cagliari

Port of Gioia Tauro, Italy.

For importing the goods, Camachem uses the largest port, the Port of Gioia Tauro.

What Chemicals does Italy Import?


According to the latest trade data, Italy imported around $28.6 million in inorganic chemicals and $16.3 billion in organic chemicals. The imports include chemicals such as:

Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous is one of the key chemicals that we export to Italy.

Diethylene Glycol Monovinyl Ether is one of the key chemicals that we export to Italy.

Ferric Aluminium Sulfate is one of the key chemicals that we export to Italy.

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to the Country?


In order to import chemicals to Italy the requirements are:

  • Prior to importing, you should be enlisted as a taxpayer with Italy Tax Authority.
  • Since Italy is a European country, therefore an EORI number is required for importing goods. EORI number is the Economic Operators Registration and Identification number.
  • The Italian Customs Authority, called the Agenzia delle Dogane, ensures the full compliance with community legislation. It carries out control activities, assessment, and verification of goods.
  • The required documents depend upon the trade policy of the government.
  • An import permit is required along with customs clearance documents.

Why should Italy Import Chemicals?


Availability – The local chemical industries produce a very limited quantity of chemicals and some clients require large quantities of chemicals quite efficiently. It is very much in demand by many leading industries. Because of the enormous increase in the demand of chemicals, it is a necessity for Italy to import it in order to meet the needs of the country.


High Chemical Cost – Because of the extreme domestic competition and high costs of production, the local prices of chemicals are much more than those in the world market. So chemicals are expensive in the local market and affordable to buy from the international market. Italy spent about $61.8 billion on chemicals in 2019.


Chemical Quality – While a huge number of the international chemical suppliers are known for their high quality products, some small domestic producers can have diverse chemical quality. Domestic chemical suppliers’ reputations are not very good and they are generally not trusted much due to their bad quality products. Therefore, in order to get quality products that meet buyer’s high standards, internationally well known suppliers are the best option.

Where can I Buy Chemicals for Italy?


Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Italy. If you are looking to import chemicals in bulk and achieve cost-savings, then look no further because Camachem provides superior quality products at reasonable costs. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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