In order to be able to move furniture to Switzerland, you must have a legal authorisation (resident permit or work permit): authorisation C, B, G (second residence), L, authorisation for student or be in the process of a familly grouping (see our section for Passport/Visa).
In the prospect of the transfer of your residence to Switzerland, you must go to the local Office Cantonal de la Population where you are going to live.
If you can move yourself and all your belongings – the cheaper this will be (if you hire a van, it will cost about 400€). However, and most often, you may call a professional for assistance in international moving, and/or storage. This specialist will be part of a network of companies associated with international organisations (FIDI, HHFGAA, AMSA, LACMA…).
The company will check the volume to send, list specific objects (including fragile items), specify the way of taking down and putting back together furniture.
Then a preliminary estimate will be established.
On the day of the removal, a team will arrive to carry out the task. Every box will be listed (necessary to check if any box has been lost). Everything should be wrapped with specific protection. Containers are then sealed (check carefully) and sent to Switzerland were Swiss movers will pick them up (a few days are necessary).
Classical problems are: containers are 32 m3 and the more you have, the longer it may take to transport your belongings; always check the date of delivery by calling the company; check seals at the departure and upon arrival; avoid the end of the summer holiday; and as you have to check the furniture upon arrival, be sure to be able to read and understand the list. Check also that white goods are electrically compatible.
The cost is about 4600€ to 6100€ per container (depending on service and insurance).
You can ask for details of the removal company insurances but be careful with the limited responsibilities.
You might need to put you items/furniture into storage; your mover should be able to provide this facility or give you contact numbers.
In order to move a vehicle, you must go to the immatriculation office of the cantonal administration from where the owner of the vehicle is resident once you've passed the customs clearance (no customs fee if the car is declared with the other furniture). Documents to show are: the Form 13.20A delivered by the customs, the Form for the request of registration duly signed with the official seal of your employer, your foreign Driving Licence (for vehicles already registered), insurance certificate from a company registered in Switzerland, the original of the legitimisation card, attestation of technical control (delivered by the technical service). A techical check (MOT) will be carried aout (cost is about 350 CHF).
As any expat knows, the key to a successful move is all in the preparation. By readying yourself for any possible bumps in the road ahead of time, you can rest assured you’ll be prepared to handle anything moving throws at you.
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