Movers United Kingdom to Switzerland


Moving to Switzerland from the U.K. is cheaper than you might think. In fact, moving a full container from the U.K. to Switzerland costs 2,400 – £3,300 and takes from 2 – 4 days. A half-container will save a couple hundred £ if you don’t have a need for the full 40 feet.

Importing my Household Goods 

Remember, before you can import your household goods to Switzerland, you will need to already have your residence established.  Your household goods are tax and duty free but are subject to inspection when you arrive.

To qualify for duty free import, your belongings must:  

  • Arrive in Switzerland within 24 months
  • Have been owned and used by you in the U.K. for at least the past 6 months

You don’t have to send all your items at once, but if you do plan on having multiple shipments, you must announce those shipments when declaring your first shipment.

For custom’s clearance, you will need these documents:

  • Passport – Make copies of the first 3 pages
  • Customs Form 18.44 – Important: This document must include your current shipment, as well as your future shipments
  • Detailed, Itemized Inventory – Make 3 copies
  • Swiss Residence Permit
  • Work Permit
  • Declaration form

Clearing Goods Through Customs 

Since Switzerland is a land-locked country surrounded by fellow EU member nations, some border crossings in Switzerland are only sporadically staffed. This could mean that you will enter the country through a border crossing without encountering customs officials. In this event, you should make your declarations in writing.

Switzerland offers two other methods for clearing goods through customs:

  • QuickZoll app
    The QuickZoll app is the best source for information on customs declarations. This app can answer questions you may have about the customs process.
  • Verbal customs declaration
    At a staffed border crossing, you will be asked to declare your goods at the border. This verbal declaration is legally binding, so be complete and accurate in your disclosures.

What are the Rules for Importing my Vehicle to Switzerland?  

If you have owned and used your vehicle in the U.K. for at least six months, you can import it to Switzerland duty-free. One of the other requirements for duty-free imports is that you must continue to own the vehicle for at least a year after your arrival.

You will be asked to present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Detailed inventory
  • Clean Certificate of Title
  • Proof of residency and employment in Switzerland
  • Copy of your vehicle insurance and registration from the U.K.
  • Driver’s license
  • Form 18.44
  • Proof of Swiss VehicleInsurance

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Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

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