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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 from the U.S. may find that the process of moving to Switzerland takes slightly longer. This is because personal goods need transsipping, meaning they’ll arrive first at one of the other european base ports and then 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.

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.

Major Destinations In Switzerland

Below are some of the more popular destinations to choose in the CH

  • 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.

International Moving Services to Switzerland

We have a variety of services we offer for relocations to Switzerland. The more common methods for transporting your belongings from home involve door-to-door consolidated container shipments.

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

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.

SCL US Facilities

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

How Much Does Moving to Switzerland from the USA Cost?

Moving to Switzerland has no general 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 all 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.

Everything on the exporting side of the equation is included as part of our relocation service and the shortest sail times, often lower rates too, will be from the east coast.

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 it’s on the water. This time does not include pick-up or consolidation time. This depends on additional factors and can change so make sure to discuss time frames with your export specialist.

Generally from door to door, moving to Switzerland takes about 6-8 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 exact times.

Interesting County 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 (see below) 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.