Moving to Switzerland from the USA

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If you are moving to Switzerland from the U.S., you may find that this diplomatically neutral nation is just what you need. Far away from the constant clamor of political turmoil and chaos is the tiny nation of Switzerland, tucked away in Europe’s breathtaking Alps.

The cost to move a full container from the U.S. depends on where you are shipping from. Moving from New York will be between $7,400-$10,000. From Los Angeles, the cost would be $8,900-$12,000.

How to import household goods to Switzerland

Your household goods are eligible to be imported to Switzerland free of taxes and duty if you have owned them for at least six months and the items arrive within 2 years of your arrival in Switzerland. You are permitted to bring multiple shipments, but you must include all future shipments with your documentation for the first shipment.

Here are the documents you must have with you for customs clearance:

  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Comprehensive, box-by-box inventory of your goods
  • Swiss work and residence permits
  • Declaration forms, including customs form 18.44

How to clear your goods through customs

Switzerland is a member of the European Union and is landlocked by other member nations. Since travel across the Swiss border by citizens from any of these countries is free and requires no paperwork, some border crossings are unstaffed entirely. For this reason, the Swiss government allows you to declare your items either verbally or in written form.

The Swiss government offers an app to make customs declarations easier. The QuickZoll app offers you comprehensive information about customs at a glance and you can even use the app to calculate customs duty and taxes.

  • Verbal declarations
    At staffed border crossings, you will be asked to verbally declare your goods. This declaration is not in writing, but don’t be fooled. This verbal declaration is legally binding and enforceable.
  • Written declarations
    At unstaffed border crossings, the Swiss government makes written forms available. You will need to complete these forms thoroughly.

How to import your vehicle to Switzerland

Your vehicle is eligible for import to Switzerland if it is fully paid for, and you have owned it at least six months. In addition, if you import your vehicle tax and customs duty free, you must promise not to sell, rent, lease, loan, or trade away that vehicle for at least a year after your arrival in Switzerland.

To import your vehicle, you will need to provide:

  • Valid Passport
  • Proof of Swiss vehicle insurance
  • Proof of U.S. vehicle insurance
  • Clean title
  • S. registration
  • Proof of residency in Switzerland
  • Purchase invoice
  • S. and International Driver’s License

International movers

International transfers are complex, even when you are moving to a country as friendly as Switzerland. The process of customs declaration can be stressful as you worry about your shipment being rejected or the taxes being too much to bear. You can take all the guesswork out of your relocation by working with an international moving company like Three Men and a Truck. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation shipping quote.

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

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