If you find yourself in need of shipping a car to Switzerland from the USA, Ship Overseas can guide you through the whole process. We make it easy to ship your car anywhere in Switzerland, whether you’re moving there or you’re selling someone a vehicle. Here is the critical and basic information you will need to know before placing an order with us.
Ready to get your free, no-obligation quote? You will need to provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country, in this case, Switzerland. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings from two ports in the USA.
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!
Ship Overseas offers trucking from Bremerhaven to these cities in Switzerland.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Switzerland?
To get the basic cost to ship a car to Switzerland, we ask that you fill out our online form for a custom quote.
There are factors that may lower your price. You will pay less if you:
Drive your own car to the port. This is a good option if you live close to one of the two above ports. If you don’t and want to have our truck drivers come to get it from you and bring it to the port, you will pay more.
Plan to ship a small compact car rather than a large vehicle such as a truck or SUV.
Ship a car from the East Coast than the West Coast. So in this case, it’s generally cheaper to ship from Newark than LA.
We shipped our vehicle from Hawaii to Belgium. We contacted several companies online. Miron from Ship Overseas was the first to get back to us. This was our first time shipping a vehicle internationally and we had no idea what the entire process was going to be like. Some of the reviews we read said the company wasn't very responsive or communicative. We had quite the opposite experience. Miron communicated with us every step of the way. Communication was extremely important to us as this was quite a complicated process. Miron answered all our questions and provided all necessary details of the process. He was also very upfront with the fees and even advised us of what fees to expect here in Belgium. Our car made it to Belgium on schedule without any hassle. Miron's contact here in Belgium was also very thorough. I recommend Miron from Ship Overseas 100%.
Highly recommended. Paul, Miron, and team were very thorough/detail oriented. It was my first time having a car shipped from Europe which I purchased. He made sure I had all the paperwork needed. They also arranged transportation both to and from the ports.
I feel bad as I see a lot of people writing bad comments about this company. I've NEVER had a problem with them. NEVER.(Regarding the negative reviews..)Ship overseas is not an insurance provider, but rather a shipping company -- you must make sure to get insurance when shipping your vehicle so that no damages occur to it. They don't own the ship, nor workers, and of course as a result cannot guarantee the people on the ship won't damage your car.ShipOverseas is my go-to when I have to ship my cars. Which sounds funny to say, but I've actually shipped my car multiple times with them.Jack, one of the agents and owner is always very helpful, and does a great job of putting in trust in clients by making sure you understand the process in detail.I've transported my CLA45 AMG from the US to Belgium, without a problem, and have shipped it back, and am now buying a new car and shipping it back!You could say I'm somewhat of a (very happy) repeat customer – Photos for reference!
We highly recommend Shipoverseas services! Not only are they specialized in shipping gas/diesel motor operated cars but also specialize in shipping EV vehicles as well. We used there International shipping services to ship a 2022 Porsche Taycan to Dubai. The car arrived in less than a month in perfect shape, same as leaving our location. We worked with both Jack and Gary, both were great communicating and providing a timely status update. We will definitely be a regular customer! Thank you Jack and Gary!
Thank you Miron and Ship Overseas Team for helping me ship my car to Finland. I appreciate your response when I needed answers. Also many thanks for helping me find an agent in Kotka, Finland.I will definitely refer your company to my friends and colleagues.
We got a really good services. Jack always answers your so many questions with a short delay , for sure in the day , most of the time in the hour ( and in the minute too ). Really good communication. That's why we choose Ship Over Seas from the other company quotes we received. Good services , good prices , that's the criteria for our choice we don't regret at all. Thanks again.
Shipped my car from NC to Puerto Rico. They took care of the transport of my car from NC to the port in FL, and then on the ship from FL to PR. The staff was very responsive to all communications I sent, especially while my car was in transit. I always knew exactly where my vehicle was. Very kind and helpful staff, especially when I was just calling to inquire in the beginning. Will use them again if I ever need to ship my car back stateside.
Very helpful, quick response to questions. Shipped my car to Costa Rica, no issues what so ever. I had shipped cars previously with other companies but Ship Overseas helped with the best solution which for my needs was RORO. I will definitely ship with them again, thanks again SHIP Overseas..
Shipped my vehicle from Newark, NJ to Southampton, United Kingdom safely and quickly. All the complicated paperwork was laid out clearly for me to figure out the process. I was able to drive my own car in England a few weeks after dropping it off in the US. Would recommend!
I used Ship Overseas back in 2019 to ship my 2008 Harley Softtail from Galveston Texas to Belgium. I forget exactly how long it took, perhaps in the two month range. However, the bike did eventually arrive and was completely ready for me at pickup. They even handled all the import paperwork etc. My only complaint would be that somehow the bike had accumulated almost 100 extra miles on it from when I dropped in off, and picking it up. Perhaps they needed to run it around the boat a few 1000 times. Also, there were a couple of parts missing from my saddle bags. Lesson: NEVER leave anything that can't be bolted to the object you are shipping. Otherwise, great service and a very good shipping experience.
ShipOverseas was a great partner in shipping a Chevy Bolt EV to Helsinki Finland. The representatives provided easily understood descriptions of the roll on-roll off process, required paperwork, payments, etc. We drove the car onto the Galveston, TX dock with an accompanying guide. It was 100% smoothly accomplished. The car was transferred in Germany without problems (it is an electric vehicle with some unique starting characteristics) and offloaded near Helsinki, Finland. The photo shows incredibly clean conditions at the destination despite weeks at sea. I can highly recommend ShipOverseas for safe, economical, and successful vehicle shipping.
If you never had your car shipped before, I can tell you that it can be a very fearful, and stressful event, but I can vouch 1st hand that this agency took all the thought fear and stress away! We moved my XT-5 from DFW to overseas (Bahrain). We didn't have any issues, and it was relatively fast considering it's been shipped across the seas. I will 100% recommend this company to anyone and everyone. Hassle-free and delivers what was promised. I'll definitely be using them whenever we decide to return stateside!
i shipped an 89' Land Rover Defender from italy to the US without troubles, they took care of all docs and around 60 days later the car was at the port in VA. i'd definitely use them again in the future.
I shipped two cars from Savannah to Germany. Super easy process and the rates were better than anyone elses that i was getting for the same route. Would recommend them to anyone for their shipping needs. They helped along the way to get the documents needed and explained the process clearly so i knew exactly what needed to be done to have my cars on the boat that I needed them to be on. Pickup on the other side was easy as well with who shipoverseas was partnered with where my vehicles arrived. They were in contact with me often so i knew that the vehicles were on time and when to have everything ready. I will certainly be in touch again when it's time to return from my oversea travels. Thanks for the smooth process!
My car purchase and shipping to the Middle East was full of challenges and complications, however the one thing that was 100% smooth was the part handled by Miron from Ship Overseas. Great service and communication from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
This company and team were tremendously professional & also the least expensive company I found. I researched quite a few before settling on ShipOverseas. I’m glad I chose them, they were able to deliver my vehicle to my destination port in Korea when others said they could only deliver to one port in Korea and for less money. I will definitely use them again and recommend anyone shipping anyone to consult with ShipOverseas.com. Well done!
Hello Tere! Last summer I sent my car to Estonia. I was scared little bit because it was my first time ( maybe even last!) to do this kind of thing. But it went very smoothly - unexpectedly . Most difficult thing was driving myself to the port, but I did it! I could order somebody from Ship Overseas, but it cost money. And paperwork was pretty normal. The same day, I left to the airport, I got phone call that they sent car title to my old address. Wow! I thought that this title goes directly to the Estonian port, but I was wrong. They sent this very important paper over to my son.It arrived on time when I was ready to show car documents to the toll office. Everything ended very well ! Thanks to Ship Overseas. And , by the way, sending my car to Estonia was much, much cheaper than other companies offered. I am thankful !!!
I have worked with this company for many years. We started shipping cars overseas in 2004. They are the BEST! They take a serious interest in making sure your car gets where it needs to go and will walk you through all the steps to make it a smooth move! We have shipped many cars to the UK and Germany as well as several to Bahrain, I cannot imagine using anyone else. Jack, Paul, Miron and April all made my job a lot easier for over 18 years
Om my GOSH! Words can't express how grateful I am for the experience I had with Ship Overseas. Living and working overseas can be a challenge but when I called they knew exactly what to do. Other shipping companies gave a long list of the things I needed, the paperwork, questions, and the costs. Overseas got me situated in one phone call. It was fabulous!!
Ship Overseas has great rates and staff! After using them to ship my car to Germany I knew I would use them when returning to the US as well. I did get quotes both times from numerous companies but no one could beat Ship Overseas. Shipping is a breeze with them and their staff are great at getting back to you in a timely manner!
The departure ports from the USA to Switzerland include:
Los Angeles, CA
On the other end, your car will arrive in Belgium and will then be trucked or railed to Switzerland.
How Long Does it Take?
It takes a minimum of four to eight weeks for your car to get from the USA to Switzerland.
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 a container. If you want to save a lot of money and 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 the USA, contact the Swiss Embassy by phone.
Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Ave NW Washington, DC 20008 (202) 745-7900
Shipping Cars for Military
We do not ship vehicles for the military to Switzerland.
Documents Required to Ship a Car to Switzerland
You will need these documents to ship a car to Switzerland:
Yes, Switzerland accepts salvage titles.
Customs Broker Information
Your agent will be confirmed to you once the container is loaded onto the ship.
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge for shipping a car to Switzerland is between $400 and $500.
Do You Need Marine Insurance?
We offer 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage of theft, vandalism, damage, and total loss with a $500 deductible. We highly recommend you get the insurance but it is not required. Coverage starts at the time your car is loaded onto the ship and lasts it is collected and signed for at the arrival port. Total Loss is a 1.25% charge for the value of the vehicle
Don’t want to pay for 100% coverage? You have the option of buying partial coverage of 50% to 75% of the value, but you’re responsible for paying out of pocket for any damage exceeding the covered amount.
Shipping a car to Switzerland is easy with Ship Overseas behind you. To get started, call us toll-free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.
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.
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 with 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.
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!
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, 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.
Next, decide on one of two ways to get your car to the departure port.
Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping
If for any reason you can’t drive your own car to the port, ask us and we will. Via open and enclosed auto shipping, truck drivers will pick up the car from your location and deliver it to the port for shipping to Switzerland.
Open Auto Shipping – Our open transport trucks are able to hold nine to 10 cars and as few as five cars at one time. The transport truck driver loads and unloads vehicles while making their way across the country. These transport trucks are filled to full capacity, thereby lowering the overall shipping costs.
Our most common type of car shipping method, choose this when you need to ship vehicles such as compact cars, sedans and minivans. This happens to be the least expensive,resulting in a cost effective and safe method of transport.
Enclosed Auto Shipping – If your budget allows, select this option. Your car will be shipped along with two other vehicles, driven onto the truck on a special ramp or lift-gate.
Ideal for transporting luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars to Switzerland, the price tag may be higher but the risk to the vehicle is much lower. Your car is kept away from the elements and given a higher level of protection.
We offer FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for. You can purchase optional insurance through us that gives you extra protection in the event your car suffers damage or loss.
Keep in mind, the chance of damage or loss while transporting a car to Switzerland is very slim. The only time this would be a problem would be during hurricane season, lasting from June till November, when the ocean is rougher. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.
Did this page put your mind at ease? Ready to get going on the international car shipping process to Switzerland?Give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.