Cost of Shipping a Container to Switzerland

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Switzerland?

Switzerland Container Shipping Cost
Switzerland Container Shipping Cost

Do you know Three Men And A Truck ships items to Switzerland? Well, we do. Some things need to be considered when looking at the price of shipping. For a start, the distance the shipment has to travel and its size has to be considered. There is more, and we will help you understand what it all involves. 

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to Switzerland

The things that will affect the cost of shipping are:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: The heavier or bigger the item is, the higher the cost will be. Note that when packing up what you want to ship.
  • The type of transportation used: The use of air, sea, or land will affect the cost of shipping.
  • Distance: The farther the distance the cargo is going to travel, the higher the cost. 
  • The destination port: Ports sometimes have different fees which can affect the cost of shipping, but the difference might not be significant. 
  • Peak Shipping Season: Peak shipping season in Switzerland is between July and September. Peak period shipping can continue into November or begin as early as April depending on the year. If you ship during this period, your shipping rates will be higher than at other times of the year.  

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

You are looking at the items you want to ship and you don’t know what shipping container will contain it all. Do you rent the whole ship? You don’t need to do something that drastic. Items from a three-bedroom flat will fit into a 20ft container. That should help you gauge your cargo. If your items are more than that, then get a 40ft container. 

If you will need a container for yourself then you will be using the Full Container Load (FCL) loading system.

What if your cargo isn’t plenty enough to fill a container? You will, in that case, need a Less Than Container Load (LCL) loading system. Your item will be loaded into a container with other clients’ items. 

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Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to Switzerland of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$855
40 ft Container$1040

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Switzerland.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$70/CBM
Personal Effects$740
Household Goods$855
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Switzerland services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$695
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1665
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2866
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3856

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Switzerland via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$855
SUV via RORO$940
Sedan (Container)$1230
SUV (Container)$1460

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

Freight transportation of your items can be done in four main ways. There is the:

  1. Land Transportation: This is particularly important in transporting items to Switzerland as it is landlocked. Even if your pick transportation by sea, your items will be taken from the port of a neighboring country to the destination by land or rail.
  2. Rail: This is another particularly important means of transportation for the destination country. Switzerland has a very organized rail system. If you are shipping a lot of items from a neighboring country, transportation of freight by train is a good option as it is cost-effective.
  3. Sea: This is useful for large-volume items coming from distant countries. Items like household goods and cars are good candidates for sea freight transportation. Remember that the destination country is landlocked, therefore, making land transportation mandatory as a secondary means of transportation.
  4. Air Transportation: Transportation by air can be the most convenient means of transporting items. Due to this fact, it is suited for transporting fragile or time-sensitive items like vaccines and small electronics. Note that the convenience comes at added costs.

Additional Shipping Costs

Speaking of added costs, there are costs that a shipping company have no control over and they are:

  • Insurance for your items.
  • Custom fees. Switzerland has an average import tax of 6.3%.  
  • Inspection. Switzerland generally doesn’t have inspection fees. 
  • General Rate Increase (GRI). If the shipping route is in high demand, shipping rates will increase. 
  • Desired delivery time. The quicker you want the item to arrive, the higher the cost.

What’s Next?

Three Men And A Truck is the way to get the items you are interested in shipping to the destination. So, give us a call at (888) 908-6496 and get a free quote. You can also fill an online form for the same quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Difference Between a Freight Forwarder, a Freight Broker, and an NVOCC?

The complex process of shipping requires assistance at different levels. It is essential in a bid to avoid unnecessary delays or failure to secure a needed document. This is where the freight forwarder comes in. A freight forwarder is an agent who assists shippers in shipping their goods. Freight forwarders also assist with the processing of needed transport documents and provide warehousing services to clients. A freight forwarder also issues a bill of lading and assists a cargo owner with freight price negotiations. Furthermore, they secure cargo space with NVOCC to use their air or sea carriers for the transportation of cargo.

NVOCC agents own carrier fleets for transporting cargo by air or sea. Its primary duty is to assist by using ships or cargo planes to move cargo to destination ports. NVOCCs can issue a bill of lading either to the cargo owner or to a freight forwarder acting on behalf of a cargo owner. The duty of the NVOCC stops upon delivery of cargo at the destination port.

Freight brokers assist the shipper with custom arrangements and clearing of cargo. A freight broker may also connect a shipper with a freight forwarder and oversee cargo transportation before the clearance. A bill of lading cannot be issued by a freight broker.

Why Do FCL and LCL Have Different Transit Time?

A direct movement from one point to another will be quicker than a movement that will require stopping at intervals. The FCL freight plan is registered to a single consignee and so cargo will be sent directly to the port of the consignee. This saves time as the freight plan will be booked directly from one port to another.

However, an LCL freight plan is registered to multiple consignees or receivers. This is because LCL allows more than one client to jointly use a container for their cargoes. These consignees may not be using the same port to receive their cargo. The carrier for the LCL will need to stop at all the receiving ports to drop off the cargoes. These stops will require unloading and reloading of the container before leaving for the next port. This will extend the expected transit time as your port may not be the first stop of the carrier.

Can I Track My Container While It Is in Transit?

You may feel anxious about your cargo due to the need for the items and may want to track cargo movements. You can use a container tracking system to follow up on cargo movement. You will be required to provide the container number, your booking number, and the name of your shipping line.

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Switzerland?

Your shipping documents are very important to start and complete your shipping process. Without the right documents, you may not start shipping or even secure the release of your cargo. You will need the following documents to ship to Switzerland:

● A bill of lading.
● Commercial invoice.
● Parking list.
● Freight certificate.
● Cargo arrival notice.
● Import license.
● Tax document.
● Battery statement.
● Purchase Order.

Other documents may also be required due to cargo category or custom requirements.

Do I Need to Be Present When My Container is Delivered?

Despite your schedule, you should make out time to be present on delivery day. This will ensure the easy release of your cargo as it is consigned to your name. You will also be expected to sign for your cargo and observe the status of your inventory.

What is the Difference Between Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties?

The payment of shipping taxes and duties is an unavoidable aspect of shipping.

Ports charge duties to assist with financing in the maintenance of the port while taxes are imposed to regulate the level of import and export into the country.

Switzerland is a member of the European Union and has special conditions for EU member states. Its tariff charges can be up to 24% based on value and type of goods. 

What Type of Goods Am I Not Allowed to Ship to Switzerland?

Every nation has a list of items that are prohibited from importation. Such items may be seized by customs upon arrival at the ports. Hence, it is essential to note them and avoid the loss of your cargo. Some of the items prohibited by Switzerland include the following:

● Animals
● Chemical
● Drugs
● Currency
● Explosives and firearms
● Perishable foods
● Plants
● Tobacco

The importation of the listed items will require special permission or documentation.

What is the Maximum Weight That Can Be Loaded into a Container?

General-purpose containers are the common features for freight transportation. The popular 20ft container can carry a volume of about 67,200Ibs of goods. On the other hand, a 40ft container can carry about 67,200kg weight load of goods.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Men And A Truck can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Switzerland, {Eswatini}:

Afghanistan to Switzerland
Albania to Switzerland
Algeria to Switzerland
Andorra to Switzerland
Angola to Switzerland
Antigua to Switzerland
Argentina to Switzerland
Armenia to Switzerland
Australia to Switzerland
Austria to Switzerland
Azerbaijan to Switzerland
Bahamas to Switzerland
Bahrain to Switzerland
Bangladesh to Switzerland
Barbados to Switzerland
Belarus to Switzerland
Belgium to Switzerland
Belize to Switzerland
Benin to Switzerland
Bhutan to Switzerland
Bolivia to Switzerland
Bosnia Herzegovina to Switzerland
Botswana to Switzerland
Brazil to Switzerland
Brunei to Switzerland
Bulgaria to Switzerland
Burkina to Switzerland
Burundi to Switzerland
Cambodia to Switzerland
Cameroon to Switzerland
Canada to Switzerland
Cape Verde to Switzerland
Central African Rep to Switzerland
Chad to Switzerland
Chile to Switzerland
China to Switzerland
Colombia to Switzerland
Comoros to Switzerland
Congo to Switzerland
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Switzerland
Costa Rica to Switzerland
Croatia to Switzerland
Cuba to Switzerland
Cyprus to Switzerland
Czech Republic to Switzerland
Denmark to Switzerland
Djibouti to Switzerland
Dominica to Switzerland
Dominican Republic to Switzerland
East Timor to Switzerland
Ecuador to Switzerland
Egypt to Switzerland
El Salvador to Switzerland
Equatorial Guinea to Switzerland
Eritrea to Switzerland
Estonia to Switzerland
Ethiopia to Switzerland
Fiji to Switzerland
Finland to Switzerland
France to Switzerland
Gabon to Switzerland
Gambia to Switzerland
Georgia to Switzerland
Germany to Switzerland
Ghana to Switzerland
Greece to Switzerland

Grenada to Switzerland
Guatemala to Switzerland
Guinea to Switzerland
Guinea-Bissau to Switzerland
Guyana to Switzerland
Haiti to Switzerland
Honduras to Switzerland
Hungary to Switzerland
Iceland to Switzerland
India to Switzerland
Indonesia to Switzerland
Iran to Switzerland
Iraq to Switzerland
Ireland to Switzerland
Israel to Switzerland
Italy to Switzerland
Ivory Coast to Switzerland
Jamaica to Switzerland
Japan to Switzerland
Jordan to Switzerland
Kazakhstan to Switzerland
Kenya to Switzerland
Kiribati to Switzerland
Korea North to Switzerland
Korea South to Switzerland
Kosovo to Switzerland
Kuwait to Switzerland
Kyrgyzstan to Switzerland
Laos to Switzerland
Latvia to Switzerland
Lebanon to Switzerland
Lesotho to Switzerland
Liberia to Switzerland
Libya to Switzerland
Liechtenstein to Switzerland
Lithuania to Switzerland
Luxembourg to Switzerland
Macedonia to Switzerland
Madagascar to Switzerland
Malawi to Switzerland
Malaysia to Switzerland
Maldives to Switzerland
Mali to Switzerland
Malta to Switzerland
Marshall Islands to Switzerland
Mauritania to Switzerland
Mauritius to Switzerland
Mexico to Switzerland
Micronesia to Switzerland
Moldova to Switzerland
Monaco to Switzerland
Mongolia to Switzerland
Montenegro to Switzerland
Morocco to Switzerland
Mozambique to Switzerland
Myanmar, {Burma} to Switzerland
Namibia to Switzerland
Nauru to Switzerland
Nepal to Switzerland
Netherlands to Switzerland
New Zealand to Switzerland
Nicaragua to Switzerland
Niger to Switzerland
Nigeria to Switzerland
Norway to Switzerland
Oman to Switzerland

Pakistan to Switzerland
Palau to Switzerland
Palestine to Switzerland
Panama to Switzerland
Papua New Guinea to Switzerland
Paraguay to Switzerland
Peru to Switzerland
Philippines to Switzerland
Poland to Switzerland
Portugal to Switzerland
Qatar to Switzerland
Romania to Switzerland
Russian Federation to Switzerland
Rwanda to Switzerland
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Switzerland
Samoa to Switzerland
San Marino to Switzerland
Sao Tome & Principe to Switzerland
Saudi Arabia to Switzerland
Senegal to Switzerland
Serbia to Switzerland
Seychelles to Switzerland
Sierra Leone to Switzerland
Singapore to Switzerland
Slovakia to Switzerland
Slovenia to Switzerland
Solomon Islands to Switzerland
Somalia to Switzerland
South Africa to Switzerland
South Sudan to Switzerland
Spain to Switzerland
Sri Lanka to Switzerland
St Kitts & Nevis to Switzerland
St Lucia to Switzerland
Sudan to Switzerland
Suriname to Switzerland
Swaziland to Switzerland
Sweden to Switzerland
Switzerland to Switzerland
Syria to Switzerland
Taiwan to Switzerland
Tajikistan to Switzerland
Tanzania to Switzerland
Thailand to Switzerland
Timor-Leste to Switzerland
Togo to Switzerland
Tonga to Switzerland
Trinidad & Tobago to Switzerland
Tunisia to Switzerland
Turkey to Switzerland
Turkmenistan to Switzerland
Tuvalu to Switzerland
Uganda to Switzerland
Ukraine to Switzerland
United Arab Emirates to Switzerland
United Kingdom to Switzerland
United States to Switzerland
Uruguay to Switzerland
Uzbekistan to Switzerland
Vanuatu to Switzerland
Vatican City to Switzerland
Venezuela to Switzerland
Vietnam to Switzerland
Yemen to Switzerland
Zambia to Switzerland
Zimbabwe to Switzerland

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.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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