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Moving To Switzerland

🇨🇭 Switzerland, (CH)

What's in this article?
  1. Switzerland International Moving Services
  2. Moving To Switzerland Cost & Time Examples
  3. Does Switzerland Charge Duties On Household Goods?
  4. What Paperwork Is Required By Swiss Customs?
  5. Does Switzerland Charge Duties On Vehicles?
  6. What Paperwork Is Required By Swiss Customs?
  7. Tips On How To Make Your International Move Easier
  8. Why You Need A Professional Moving Company When Relocating Overseas
  9. How To Find The Best International Moving Company
  10. Our Switzerland International Moving Services
  11. Why A-1 Auto Transport?
  12. Move With Us!
  13. Other Services
  14. Popular Routes
  15. Sources

Switzerland International Moving Services

Changes in a company, industry or an individual’s life may call for a business or an individual to relocate. Relocation or international moving can be a process that proves to be long and tedious. In such cases, professionals who provide international moving services may be sought so as to make the move a stress-free one. Hiring the services of such companies will help you get transportation services or goods transportation services so that shipping your car is not a complicated affair.

Moving To Switzerland

Moving to Switzerland Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Houston to Zurich$4,100- $5,600$7,700- $10,4003-5 weeks
Miami to Geneva$4,200- $5,800$7,800- $10,5003-5 weeks
Detroit to Zurich$4,600- $6,300$8,500- $11,4003-5 weeks
Seattle to Geneva$5,000- $6,800$9,200- $12,4005-7 weeks
San Diego to Zurich$5,100- $6,900$9,400- $12,7005-7 weeks
Indianapolis to Basel$5,100- $6,900$9,400- $12,6003-5 weeks
Portland to Zurich$5,100- $7,100$9,500- $12,8005-7 weeks
Chicago to Zurich$5,300- $7,200$9,500- $12,8003-5 weeks
Las Vegas to Basel$5,400- $7,300$9,900- $13,3005-7 weeks
Denver to Geneva$7,300- $9,900$13,200- $17,8005-7 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

Does Switzerland charge duties on household goods?

You can import your used household belongings without incurring duty, provided you fulfill some conditions. Customs requires that you transfer your permanent place of residence into the country, and this must occur before your shipment is cleared for entry. You also must have purchased your household items a minimum of six months ago, and been personally using them in your origin country abroad during this time (1).

If you receive duty exemption, then you aren’t allowed to sell these goods for the next 12 months. Also, if you don’t have all of the required paperwork to obtain exemption ready at the time of processing – then a deposit or fee will be required. Technically, you have 2 full years after moving to Switzerland to import your belongings, but this is only if you’re granted an extension from customs. If you’re planning to bring in a second shipment, it should be included on the inventory submitted for your first shipment (2).

What paperwork is required by Swiss customs?

In order to properly process your shipment, customs must have your passport and the Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for your shipment. A valid Work Visa and/or Residence Visa is required as well. Customs also needs to see a copy of your rental contract, or proof that you’ve purchased a residence within the country (3).

Customs form 18.44 must be signed by you and submitted, which requests that duty relief be granted on your shipment of household belongings. A Residence Permit will also be needed, unless you’re moving from the EU (and perhaps even then). Customs also requires you to have a registration document, from the town hall in the local municipality where you’ll be living in Switzerland (4).

A detailed inventory that includes items in any additional shipments expected is also necessary. This inventory must list the brand, model and serial number of all appliances – and bear your signature and the date. If you’re importing any alcohol, then a Supplemental Declaration concerning these goods is mandated by customs. A Declaration of Household Goods should be provided as well (5).

Does Switzerland charge duties on vehicles?

Sources diverge on this point, with one only mentioning duty exemption for company-owned vehicles (6). Another trustworthy source disagrees, stating that you only need to have purchased the vehicle at least six months ago (and been using it during that time).

If you are granted duty exemption, then you won’t be permitted to sell the vehicle for the next year. You’ll also be required to sign a declaration to this effect. Customs also reserves the right to deny entry to any vehicle they wish and all vehicle imports must adhere to Switzerland’s technical requirements (7).

What paperwork is required by Swiss customs?

Customs will ask for the Original Bill of Lading, a Residence Permit and your driver’s license. Customs form 18.44 is also required, along with your passport. The purchase receipt for the vehicle and proof that the required inspection has taken place are also mandatory. A copy of your insurance policy should be shown as well (8). Importing a vehicle into Switzerland also requires a valid Work Permit and a shipment inventory. The vehicle’s title and registration (issued in your origin country) are necessary documentation too (9).

It may be clear from the above discussion, that customs clearance requires careful planning and attention. Attempting to go through it alone isn’t recommended – as a knowledgeable international moving company like A1 Auto Transport will make the undertaking far more manageable. It’s also an excellent idea to ask customs about your shipments, and the specific regulations you will encounter.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

To enjoy a smooth process while making your move, apply the following tips:

  • Research on the companies that are licensed to provide Switzerland International Moving Services. Narrow your search to one that will meet your needs and match your budget.
  • Package and label your items well so as to ensure ease of movement and storage as well as proper handling of any fragile goods.
  • Gather as much information on the rules that govern shipping to Switzerland. You can also get valuable resources from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) website.
  • For quick and easy processing, prepare your documents and present them as and when required.
  • Liaise with the moving company. Good communication will ensure that actions to be taken are fully understood and well stated.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

Relocating to Switzerland or any other location may be challenging. This is why you will need to seek Switzerland International Moving Services. This enables you to enjoy benefits such as document processing, packing and unpacking, transportation and storage of your goods. You will be able to make your move and get assistance from start to finish.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

A professional moving company will do their best to make your relocation less overwhelming. You also need advice and insight in matters shipping. In this case, a forthright moving company will not try to get money out of you since shipping a car to Switzerland from the US is easy and may even be duty-free.

How to find the best international moving company

To find the best international moving company, you will need to put a number of factors into consideration. The following are some of the questions that you need to pose:

  • Will the moving company offer you reliable, timely and secure transportation?
  • Will you receive timely support from a professional team?
  • Is the company licensed to provide Switzerland International Moving Services?
  • What is the company’s rating and performance?
  • What is the estimated cost and does it match your budget?

Our Switzerland international moving services

  • Packing/unpacking: We go the extra mile to make the move effortless by packing and unpacking your goods.
  • Commercial moving: Big or small businesses can make the move in an affordable way.
  • Office moves: We handle your inventory and help you set-up shop in your new destination without delay.
  • Apartment moves: Move to your new apartment in Switzerland with ease.
  • Planning and preparation: We offer support to ensure that your big move is well planned and prepared for.
  • Visa and immigration services: We guide you through all the required steps to gain a visa and entry to Switzerland.
  • Housing assistance: We have specialized in helping people move from one home to another. We will not leave until we are sure you have settled in.
  • Family services: We know that each family is unique and that is why we offer tailor-made services for yours.
  • Auto transport services: We walk you through the requirements of importing a car to Switerland. We offer you a trouble-free shipping experience at an amazing fee.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

We know that you want a reliable, timely and affordable means of transporting your valuables. We are capable of doing so while handling all the details required. We also know that you want professionals who are trustworthy, reliable and experienced. We are an international moving company that is all that and more! Our services are nothing but professional and top-notch. We at A-1 Auto Transport know that you are making a big move and we go the extra mile to ensure that your relocation is as easy as can possibly be.

Move with us!

Please fill-out the form at the top of the page. We look forward to hearing from you! Call us any time on 888-509-3213. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need information on services available or our pricing. You can also get in-touch using the contact details provided here. Make the right move by moving with us!

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  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Switzerland” page.
  2. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3531
  3. Found on Moverscom “Moving to Switzerland” page.
  4. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3531
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Switzerland” page.
  6. Found on Moverscom “Moving to Switzerland” page.
  7. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Switzerland” page.
  8. https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-Switzerland/
  9. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Switzerland” page.
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