Preparing for the Shipping Process to Get a Car to Switzerland
Getting a car ready for the process of shipping overseas isn’t something to fear. Preparing the vehicle for its transport is actually quite simple. It’s complying with the country’s auto import policy that can become confusing and time consuming.
That’s why it is always best to hire a reliable international transporter from the U.S. if you wish to ship a car to Switzerland.
Schedule your transport months before you’d like the car to be on its way to Switzerland. This gives you more time to prepare. After the transport is booked, call the Embassy of Switzerland. They will be the ones to give you all of the information you need in regard to meeting the import policy and gaining Customs’ approval of the car into the country.
Get the Car Ready for Its Journey.
Aside from collecting documents for the Customs office, you are held responsible for preparing the car according to the transport company’s standards. This will lessen any risks involved with the transport, keeping the car and those handling the shipping process safer. Fortunately, getting the car in order is the uncomplicated part of the transport procedure.
- Wash the car off so that no debris or grime is visible. Clean out the inside of the vehicle as well, removing any items that don’t belong in the car. You may keep any floor mats, car jack or spare tire accessible.
- Take pictures of the car’s condition before shipping it to Switzerland. Write down any damages the vehicle may already suffer from.
- Top off all fluids except the gas. Leave the fuel tank ¼ full or less.
- Disable the alarm system and the battery, if asked.
- Fill all tires with air.
- Make sure that all items are out of the trunk and interior unless container shipping methods are purchased.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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