How to Ship a Car to Switzerland
Hey! Do you have to ship your car to Switzerland from anywhere in the U.S.? Why not try Ship Overseas to help get it there affordably and quickly? We take the worry and stress out of the process because we guide you through each step, keeping you informed so you can make the right decisions. Ship Overseas, in business for more than 35 years, knows a thing or two about shipping cars to Switzerland.
We hope this page guides you in gaining the answers you seek, but if you have more questions after reading through the information, we’re always available by phone.
The process of shipping a car to Switzerland from the USA starts with a free quote online. Notify us of the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Switzerland) and we will do the rest!
Cost to Ship a Car to Switzerland
This is one of our most frequently asked questions, but it’s pretty impossible to predict a number until we have specific information regarding the type of car you have. We will also need to know how you will get it to the port, which part of the country you plan to ship it from, and which method of shipping you want. Once we receive that information, we can give you a better estimate of costs.
Here are examples that explain what goes into the price:
• It’s more affordable to ship to Switzerland from the East Coast rather than the West Coast.
• It is more expensive if you need us to pick up your car at your house.
• Compact cars are cheaper to ship to Switzerland vs. a large SUV or pickup truck.
• If you want to personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port, you’ll save money. Don’t fail to make your own travel arrangements for returning to your house though!
- Cars may be imported duty free provided that the owner has used them for at least 6 months overseas. New cars are subject to VAT, duty and statistical tax.
- 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.
- Important: Our relationship with the US Military allows us to have the lowest rates to DE or BE. If you’re able to drive your car back to Switzerland, you’ll save LOTs of money!
- If you need for your car to arrive in Basel, Zurich or Geneva, it will need to go by container. If you want to save a lot of money not pay the trucker to transport your car to Switzerland, you can pick it up at the nearest port and drive it back yourself. In this case, we will send it via RoRo. The RoRo shipments arrive in DE or BE.
Vehicle Import Duty For Switzerland
Great Import Duty Information for Swiss Residents Immigrants may import and use their vehicles in Switzerland exempt from duty under certain conditions. Foreign workers, students and interns may use their foreign vehicles on which duty has not been paid in Switzerland. However, a customs permit is needed for this.
If you are in USA, contact the Swiss Embassy by phone.
Embassy of Switzerland
2900 Cathedral Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Switzerland
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to Switzerland. How your car gets there will depend on your preferences. The cities we ship to in Switzerland include Basel, Zurich, and Geneva.
Feel good about partnering with us, a company that brings more than three decades of experience to the table as a leader in the freight forwarding industry. Ship Overseas ships to the three above ports on a regular basis, using one of these two methods:
RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships are meant specifically for transporting wheeled cargo, such as cars and motorcycles,driven onto the ship of their own power. This works in a similar way to a parking garage ramp.
Container Shipping – Your car, along with other cars, is shipped inside a container if you select shared shipping. It will ship all by itself if you choose exclusive.
Keep plugging along…we will examine these in further detail later on.
Ship Your Car to Basel
Basel, a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine, is the country’s third-most-populous city after Zürich and Geneva. It sits where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, but also has suburbs in France and Germany.Basel holds Switzerland’s only cargo port, mainly for goods passing along the navigable stretches of the Rhine and connecting to ocean-going ships at the Rotterdam port. We frequently ship containers to Basel, so get in touch to learn more.
Ship Your Car to Geneva
Geneva, the second-most populous city in Switzerland after Zürich, is also the most populous in Romandy. This is the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and sits where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva. Located at the confluence of the River Rhone into Lake Geneva, this is the largest port in land-locked Switzerland. We ship many cars a year here, so you can rest assured we know the process.
Ship Your Car to Zurich
Located on the northern shore of Lake Zurich, the container port in Zurich is located in the middle of the largest city in the country. As such, it’s one of Switzerland’s busiest ports for imports. Popular imports into Zurich from the USA include classic and vintage autos. Port Zurich is one of the country’s most important traffic hubs, responsible for at least 10 percent of cargo entering Switzerland.We know because we’ve shipped there many times!
Trusted Military Partner
Serving the Active Military community with attention to detail and quality services, we ship SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to anywhere in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We also import cars internationally into the USA from Switzerland. As a trusted provider of international car shipping services, if you are an active military member and you need to ship a car to Switzerland, we can help.
We will also guide you in the many factors that will determine your final price tag.These range from modifications and weight to time limits and licensing.
Two Types of Shipping Methods
If you’re new to international car shipping to Switzerland, don’t worry. Here are the advantages to both types of shipping methods.
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
Many of our customers opt for RoRo for its affordability and predictability, called that for cars’ ability to Roll On and Roll Off the ship. If you have a wheeled vehicle, such as a car, motorcycle, motorhome, camper, trailer, bus, construction vehicle or boat, and it is in working order, this is a good option for you. This method isn’t what you should choose if your car is in disrepair. Your car must be able to make it up and down the ramp without assistance.
This shipping method, very efficient and cost-effective, has the most reliable departure and arrival dates. New car manufacturers are big fans of this method and they most often choose it when shipping their own vehicles overseas. All vehicles are protected against external elements,tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean.
Picture a RoRo ship like a big parking garage, where each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot once loaded onto the vessel.
Your other option is to use a shipping container to ship your car to Switzerland. There are two types:shared and exclusive container shipping.
Shared Container Shipping
If you have two or more vehicles to ship to Switzerland, or if you’re not on a tight timetable, this method is the more affordable one. This is when your car shares a container with other vehicles. Each container holds four vehicles. The disadvantage here is that you have to wait until the whole container is filled with vehicles before it can be loaded onto the container ship. Because of this, you don’t have the convenience of knowing your fixed departure date like you would with RoRo.
As a result, you may have to wait an extra week until the container is filled with more cars.You are able to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, which you can’t do with RoRo. You are also able to ship vehicles that do not work, such as broken-down classic cars. We deal with a lot of these!
Exclusive Container Shipping
Exclusive container shipping, perfect for transporting exotic, expensive or rare vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc., is when it’s just your car in the container. With added protection and attention to detail, you will get more peace of mind. You will also pay more for this peace of mind, more than RoRo and Shared Container shipping.
For that price, your car is the only one in the container, you can ship vehicles that do not work, and you can include personal belongings.