General overview

Italy is the most impacted country by COVID-19 outside of China, and is the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe. The region accounts for more than a third of the world's total Covid-19 related deaths and has the second-highest number of cases.

On 9 March, the Italian government imposed a national quarantine in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Citizens are only permitted to leave their homes for the purchase of essential goods, work or health emergencies.

Schools and all non-essential businesses are closed until at least 3 April throughout the entire country.

On 22 March Italy escalated the measures it is taking by banning movement within the country unless in case of emergency.

Economic situation

Government and business response

On 18 March the Italian Government announced a range of measures to assist companies, employers and citizens during this pandemic.

The "Cure Italy" Decree includes a range of measures to support Italy's economy, including through the immediate commitment of €25 billion in government spending and additional measures to mobilise as much as €350 billion in funding. Read the decree in Italian here.

  • In case of reduced or suspended business activity due to COVID-19, certain existing 'social shock absorbers' will be funded and made available to qualifying employers such as 'CIGO', 'Fondi di Solidarietà Bilaterali Alternativi' and 'FIS'.

  • Individual and collective terminations for business-related reasons are prohibited until 18 May 2020.

Support has also been made available to businesses and self-employed workers in the form of tax breaks and one-off cash payments, as well as payments for childcare or paid leave to support families with children at home.

Advice to exporters

In terms of immediate activity, make the safety and well-being of teams your priority, and invest as needed to ensure a safe and healthy working environment. Many businesses are still allowing employees to work from home where this is possible. Check in with your business partners and see how they are doing and how you might be able to support them during this time.

Further insights

You can read more about Italy's response to COVID-19 on its Civil Protection website here.

Business operations

Government and business response

All non-essential businesses are closed at least until 3 April throughout the entire country.

Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
MFAT Export helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Ministry of Health

Global agencies

World health organisation (WHO)
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.