If you are moving to Switzerland from the United States contact International Sea & Air Shipping to make your relocation to Switzerland smooth and seamless.
When Moving to Switzerland
An International Moving Specialist will help you by outlining your moving options based on our moving criteria such as:
- Do you have an apartment or real estate availability dates?
- What is the time frame that you and your family should arrive in Switzerland?
- Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?
The Cost of Moving to the Switzerland
The cost to move to Switzerland from the United States varies based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.
Make an appointment for a home survey and consultation on your move to the Switzerland - including a site inspection of your home and belongings to get the most accurate cubic feet estimate & moving services to help expedite your relocation to the Switzerland.
Well known for centuries as one of the most romantic destinations on earth, Switzerland is a land of exquisite natural beauty. It’s breathtakingly sublime mountain ranges, vast lakes and quiet, charming destinations are irresistible to tourists charting worldwide. This country is also the best place to have a hand-on experience in cross-country skiing, snow-shoe trekking and more.
Switzerland is the birthplace of the Red Cross. Switzerland had the highest wealth per adult of any country in the world in 2010. Switzerland is one of the world's largest account balances as a percentage of GDP, behind a few oil producing countries.
Being surrounded by Germany, France and Italy, in Switzerland there are three major cultural and linguistic regions connecting to these three neighboring nations. It is also a center of major international organizations like, FIFA, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, International Labor Organization, International Olympic Committee and also the 2nd largest UN Office.
Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and modern market economy and is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product. Switzerland's major trading partners are Germany, US,France, Italy, Austria and Netherlands.
Custom Regulations for Switzerland:
- Passport (copy of first three pages)
- Residence Permit or "Zusicherung Aufenthaltsbewilligung"
- Lease or Property Title of Residence in Switzerland
- Inventory (detailed) in English, German, French, or Italian, dated and signed by the customer (three copies) showing:
- Full contents of this and any other shipments planned
- Appliances, giving make and serial number
- Customs Import Form 18.44 (in duplicate and signed by Customer) and a list of alcoholic beverages needs to be completed upon arrival in Switzerland
- Returning Nationals require an Attestation of Residence issued by the local authorities
- Foreigners require a Work and Residence Permit issued by the local authorities
- Inventory for all shipments must be submitted with first shipment!
- Swiss:"Schriftenempfangsschein" (receipt for depositing papers at the Town Hall)
- Form "Erklarung/Abfertigungsantrag fur libersiedlungsgur" (owners' declaration of personal household goods)
- CUSTOMER MUST BE IN SWITZERLAND AND TAKE UP RESIDENCE PRIOR TO CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO IMPORT USED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS DUTY-FREE (REGISTRATION WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IS REQUIRED FOR CLEARANCE).
- Used household goods and personal effects must be owned and used for a minimum of six months and remain in Customer's possession for at least one year
- Items must be imported during the period of transfer of residence (maximum of three years)
- Wedding Presents:
- Goods must be shipped within 3 months following the date of wedding for free entry
- Admitted free of duty provided they are used and the declared owner lived abroad
- Legal heirs must have their residence in Switzerland
- A declaration ("Declaration personnelle d'effects de succession" form 18.46) must be completed and given to the local Swiss Customs Direction before importation
- Used household goods given by a living person to an heir as inheritance advancement ("Avance d'hoirie") is considered as inheritance goods
- New items (less than six months old) require an invoice, and must be listed separately on the inventory
- Foodstuffs in quantity
- Alcoholic beverages (must be declared under penalty of heavy fines)
- Appliances and restricted items should be loaded last in the container for easy access by Customs
- Drugs and narcotics
- Weapons (sporting and hunting guns may be imported with a permit)
- Anti-radar equipment
- Animals products from protected/endangered species (ivory, skins, etc.)
- Cleaning fluids
- Duty-free if owned and used over six months and owner states it will not be re-sold within 12 months of import
- All cars must comply with Swiss Government regulations
- Permission to import is granted on case-by-case basis
- Documents required:
- Work Permit
- Purchase invoice
- Form 18.44
- Proof of Residence
- Valid Driver's license
- Foreign Registration Card
- Car license from previous country
- Household goods inventory
- Swiss Insurance Receipt
- Dogs, cats and birds permitted
- Proof of inoculation, veterinary attestation and anti-rabies shot required
- Quarantine may be required
Due to the landlocked location, all surface freight shipments will arrive via a base European port such as Antwerp, Belgium or Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Swiss destination agent will move the shipment in bond to
Switzerland for customs clearance.
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.
Swiss customs officials are very strict about descriptive inventories. Under no circumstances is the description of "Packed By Owner" allowed.
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Motto : One for all, all for one|
Capital : Bern
National Anthem : "Schweizerpsalm" ("Swiss Psalm")
Location : Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy
Area : Total : 41,277 sq km
Land : 39,997 sq km
Climate : Temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers
Water : 1,280 sq km
Nationality : Swiss (singular and plural)
Population : 7,639,961 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Zurich 1.143 million; BERN (capital) 346,000 (2009)
Languages : German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8% (2000 census) ,Note: German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national and official languages
GDP : $6.055 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Swiss francs (CHF) per US dollar - 1.08 (2010), 1.0881 (2009), 1.0774 (2008), 1.1973 (2007), 1.2539 (2006)
Airports : 65 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 71,384 km
Waterways : 1,299 km
Ports & Terminals : Basel