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 will need to be transshipped meaning they'll arrive first at one of the other european base ports and then be transported to your new residence.
We have a variety of services we offer for relocations to Switzerland. The more common methods for transporting your belongings from home involve container shipments.
As mentioned, since the goods must be transshipped, it gives clients options on which baseport to enter. From the U.S., we own five facilities located near major departure ports in:
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.
So even if you live in California, it may be more beneficial to move your household goods to Switzerland from New York, rather than Los Angeles.
Shipping household goods to Switzerland usually takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks once it's on the water.
This depends on additional factors and can change so make sure to discuss time frames with your export specialist.
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.
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
Written by Martyn Cohen