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Moving to Switzerland from USA

Moving Household Goods to Switzerland and Shipping Personal Effects

Switzerland has a lot to offer both the common traveler and the individual looking for a longer more permanent stay. It offers tons of outdoor activities year round, a rich historical culture, and a mysterious banking industry. However because it’s landlocked, those relocating overseas may find that the process of moving to Switzerland from the USA involves more planning. This is because personal goods need transshipping, meaning they’ll arrive first at one of the other European base ports and move by land to your new residence.

Schumacher Cargo Logistics has over 40 years of experience in completing moves to Switzerland from the USA. With our expertise we can facilitate your move with ease no matter the situation.

Read our guide below and start moving to Switzerland from the USA today!
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How to Move to Switzerland from the USA

There are a lot of opportunities as an American moving to Switzerland from the US. This has caused an influx of American expats in the country. With so many people thinking about coming here, we compiled a guide on how we help move people to Switzerland. Once you begin working with Schumacher, we will walk you through the whole process in regards to your particular move.

International Moving Services to Switzerland

We have a variety of services for relocation to Switzerland. The most common method for transporting your belongings involve door-to-door consolidated container shipments. With this service, you get great value since you only pay for the space you need as well as no hassle since we take care of the whole process. 

Switzerland Moving Services Include:

  • Door to Door full service moves
  • Enclosed storage
  • Packing and wrapping
  • Pickup and delivery to the warehouse/port from anywhere in the USA
  • Customs clearance and documentation
  • Transshipping to your home in Switzerland
  • Surveys for accurate quotes of your volume
  • Flexible options to fit your budget and timeline

As mentioned, since the goods transship, it gives clients options on which base port to enter. We’ll move you through the best baseport in regards to rate and time depending on when you’re shipping.

SCL US Facilities

From the US, we own five facilities located near major departure ports. This allows us to pick up and ship from anywhere in the domestic United States.

  • Los Angeles
  • Houston
  • New York
  • Miami
  • Savannah

How Much Does Moving to Switzerland from the USA Cost?

Moving to Switzerland from the USA has no one size fits all cost that applies to each move. This is because there are many factors that influence the price that are specific to the person moving. For example, amount of goods, origin state, and destination city will play a factor in the overall cost. In this case, a move to Switzerland from LA will have a different price than a move to Switzerland from NY even with everything else the same. With this in mind, our representatives create custom quotes for every shipment to make sure you get the most accurate info for your particular move.

To get the price for your particular move, fill out our Online Quote Form today!

How Long Does Moving to Switzerland from the USA Take?

Shipping household goods to Switzerland usually takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks once on the water. This time does not include pick-up or preparation time. The overall process depends on additional factors and can change so make sure to discuss time frames with your export specialist.

Generally for door to door, moving to Switzerland takes about 8-10 weeks, but there are shipments that are shorter or longer. As international movers, we do everything that we can to meet our estimate but these should serve more as a guide than an exact timeline. Once your goods are on the water, your representative will be able to provide a more accurate time frame.

Major Destinations In Switzerland

Below are some of the more popular destinations our customer choose to relocate to in Switzerland:

  • Zurich
  • Geneva
  • Basel
  • Bern
  • Lucerne

We can actually move you to anywhere in Switzerland, even if it is a smaller city. With our experience, a move to Zurich or Geneva will be just as easy as a move near the Alps.

Interesting Swiss Facts

  • You are never more than 10 Miles from any lake
  • 2012 – 60% of Switzerland’s electricity is produced by hydroelectric power
  • There is a statue of Freddie Mercury on Lake Geneva shore
  • The CH for Switzerland stands for Confoederatio Helvetica (Helvetic Confederation)
  • There are more banks than dentists
  • You must own or be close to a Bomb Shelter, this is the law
  • Population of about 8 Million
  • AT Rate for 2013 is 8%

Useful Tax Information for Switzerland:

Individuals with residency are subject to personal income and net wealth taxes. Partnerships (and similar groups of persons without legal personality) have to be transparent for tax purposes so that the partners can be individually taxed.

Non-residents deriving income from certain Swiss sources may be subject to certain withholding taxes.

Taxes are paid and handled by two different divisions in Switzerland. There is a federal income tax and then there are taxes levied by local municipalities and the individual cantons. However, there is no federal net wealth tax as the cantonal and municipal income and net wealth taxation is taken care of by the separate cantons themselves. It’s a lot to process but make sure you are aware of the two entities and their applicable rates when moving to your specific canton in Switzerland.

3 Tips on Pet Transportation Services to Switzerland

  • Swiss Customs usually carry out inspections at time of entry
  • Pets brought into Switzerland must have an Animal Identity Service (ANIS) code
  • Make sure your pet passport is up to date for all EU countries you intend to visit also

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Fill out our Online Quote Form and start moving to Switzerland today!

For further information on any of above, call and discuss your move with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.