|Italy is a very robust economy and high national incomes and
a GDP per capita of over thirty thousand dollars. There was a steady rate of GDP
growth until the arrival of the global slowdown in 2008.
Its economic system Italy has transformed since the Second World War as over
this time the country grown from an agricultural economy to an industrial nation that
has the potential to be the world's sevent largest economic market.
The fact that Italy is a member of the Group of Eight (G8)
industrialized countries is a testimony to this astonishing post-war Renaissance.
The Italian economy is boosted by natural resources，
notably in the fields of fishing， agriculture， in the natural gas industry， and fishing.
However， it is an importer of food because a large portion all the soil in Italy is not
suitable for agriculture. Natural gas is the country's most important
natural mineral resource， mostly situated in the
Po Valley and offshore in the Adriatic. The majority of
raw materials needed for production have to be
imported into Italy， as well as greater than 3 quarters the
country's energy requirements. So this situation has affected the growth of freight services to Italy and has resulted in a highly
advanced framework of freight forwarders and shipping companies serving the import market
， making use of a developed intermodal transport system.
Within agriculture， important products in Italy comprise
rice， wheat wine， beef olives， dairy products citrus fruits， potatoes and sugar beets.
The most important industries are tourism steel and iron， chemical， machinery and
precision engineering and automotives， as well as textiles， shoes， clothing and ceramics.
The international freight systems are advanced and are well-equipped to handle the unique requirements of these kinds of merchandise.
The year 2008 saw Italy exports more than 500 billion USD worth of merchandise， primarily mechanical products including clothing， textiles， metal products， transportation equipment， chemical products， agricultural and food
items. Germany is the largest export destination which account for over 12 percent of all exports，
being followed by France with just under 12
percent， Spain at 7%， United States at 7% and the United Kingdom
at 6%. Therefore， there is plenty of knowledge and experience in shipping companies about the most
effective strategies for scheduling international freight across these nations.