If you have a motorcycle you would like to ship from the USA to Switzerland, rely on Ship Overseas to guide you through each step. We have more than 35 years of experience shipping all types of wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles, to many countries all over the world. Switzerland is one of them.


Our shipping vessels depart weekly from U.S. seaports to the Swiss ports of Basel, Zurich, and Geneva.


Your intended destination will determine which port you ship your vehicle to. We can help you with that decision when you book your shipment. We are equipped to transport any type of motorcycle to Switzerland – even classic ones that need the utmost attention to detail.


In addition to motorcycles, we also ship these vehicles to Switzerland:


  • Sports Bikes
  • Vintage Bikes
  • Touring Bikes
  • Trikes
  • Harley Davidson Bikes
  • Choppers
  • Custom Built Bikes
  • ATVs and UTVs
  • Snowmobiles


Don’t have time? We have the ability to pick up your motorcycle if you are unable to bring it to the nearest departure shipping port. We also handle all U.S. Customs clearance. We can guide you through the entire motorcycle shipping process to Switzerland.


Types of Shipping


We offer the following shipping options when handling motorcycles for transport to Switzerland:


RoRo Shipping: Motorcycles are driven onto the ship via a ramp, sort of like in a parking garage. The name Roll-on/Roll-off stems from the fact that vehicles can roll-on/roll-off the ramp of their own power.

Once on the vessel, your motorcycle will be strapped and secured to prevent movement while at sea. The metal protector under the motorcycle will lock into place to prevent slipping and sliding. The tires won’t move because they are secured to the metal protector.

RoRo is an efficient and cost-effective method of shipping, with reliable departure and arrival dates. In fact, the ship’s departure and arrival schedule runs quite similarly to an airline flight schedule.

Shared Container Shipping: This is when multiple motorcycles are loaded into a container at a warehouse. Your motorcycle is loaded in a container with other motorcycles owned by other people. The container will not leave the warehouse or ship out until it is completely filled with motorcycles, to maximize cost and space efficiency. Thus, this method is not conducive to reliable fixed departure dates like RoRo.

Shared container shipping, a cost effective option, splits the shipping costs among all vehicles loaded into the container. Your motorcycle is strapped and secured to prevent movement while at sea. Unlike RoRo, the motorcycles are loaded and unloaded from the container, one at a time using a forklift.

Enclosed Motorcycle Shipping: If you can’t drive your motorcycle to the port yourself, we will transport your motorcycle to the departure port for you. It will be loaded onto a pallet and strapped securely, loaded into an enclosed air-ride truck for the most protected ride possible.


Ready to ship your motorcycle to Switzerland from the USA? Get started with our easy online quote process now!

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Important info to Ship a Car Overseas:
  • No car can leave USA if it has a lien on it. What does this mean? Your car must be paid in full. The only people who can ship a car overseas and still carry a lien on the car are US Military and Government employees/contractors. For those people a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise the car may be considered stolen.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
Import Duty for Destination Country:
  • Import duty is NOT collected by Ship Overseas. It must be paid at the arrival port by whoever is picking up the car. We wrote a blog post about vehicle import duty here. It talks about how to find out import duty for your country.
Travel & Living Abroad:
  • Most countries will allow a traveler to temporarily import their car for up to 6 months. After the 6 months is up, import duty will be charged. For many travelers going to Europe and taking their car, a deposit is paid up front. When the car goes back to it's destination country, the deposit is refunded. If a person has lived in USA for 1 or more years, most countries will allow that person to bring their car back duty free! The car must not have any liens on it. Please check with your Customs Department first.
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