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Hi all,

Some of you will know me, I had posted a thread several months back and had some good feedback from you then, so I was hoping you could help again.
Our house in NZ has sold and we are moving over to Switzerland in February.
We aren't going to bring much over with us, but fear we won't get all we want into two suitcases.
So we are just thinking of filling a decent sized box to bring over with us with the bulkier items like heavy jackets etc.
Has anybody done it this way before? Was it expensive? And whom did you use? Would love to hear your experiences with it.

Many thanks in advance
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I wrote to Best Global Movers.com and they also offered an option to help with cheaper exchange rates. So I said I was interested in looking into that.
several hours later I had a person call from London to talk to me about it.
I am quite spooked by it, as I felt totally run over by the person calling, however, I said I was interested in looking into it, so I am wondering if any of you have dealt with these people before? Below is the email I have just received from them. I would really appreciate your feedback on this. Does it look legit? Many thanks.

It was a pleasure speaking with you this evening.

I have attached our Private Client Brochure for your perusal.

Thank you for choosing RationalFX for your international payments. We acknowledge receipt of your registration that includes your acceptance of our terms and conditions.


RationalFX is registered with The FCA as an Authorised Payment Institution and regulated by HM Revenue & Customs. In order to comply with Money Laundering Regulations we are required to carry out identity checks before registering a new customer. In order to complete your registration, we require one proof of identity and one proof of address(not older than three months).

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You can take a photo with your smart phone and send this via email.

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I look forward to speaking with you again in January.
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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

Whatever you do, don't use Mainfreight.

I got a quote from them that was a bit cheaper than the other companies, but was told that there would be customs charges and a delivery fee at the other end (from Basel to Bern). I thought that sounded reasonable, so I paid the fee and went ahead.

Goods duly arrived in Basel, but wouldn't be released until I paid an extra handling and delivery fee that was more than the initial freight fee, and when I complained they were condescending, didn't want to know about it and eventually blocked my emails.

So to summarise my experience: Mainfreight - Shocking customer service, excessive hidden costs (in my case more than doubling the overall cost) making them considerably more expensive than the other companies.
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Thank you SusieM for sharing that with me. Since you have arrived, have you heard from others whom they might have used? So, BestGlobalMovers is Mainfreight?
Thanks again.
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Thank you SusieM for sharing that with me. Since you have arrived, have you heard from others whom they might have used? So, BestGlobalMovers is Mainfreight?
Thanks again.
No I don't think so, our posts crossed over, I was just replying to your first post...

For us, and from the sounds of it this could apply to you too, we chose not to go with a proper moving company since we were only sending over a few boxes rather than a whole household worth of stuff. So I got quotes from a few ordinary freight companies, Mainfreight being one of them.....

And, as for the FX co - I've never heard of that one, but that info is similar to what we had to send to currencyfair when we signed up. In fact, I can recommend them - we've used them several times with no problems, after coming across another recommendation from a fellow EF member.
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Thanks again, I shall look into currencyfair. It is just better when you know that others have used someone before and it has gone well. Looks like I still have some work to do with the moving and currency, but this is a start. Ta !
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Hi all,

Some of you will know me, I had posted a thread several months back and had some good feedback from you then, so I was hoping you could help again.
Our house in NZ has sold and we are moving over to Switzerland in February.
We aren't going to bring much over with us, but fear we won't get all we want into two suitcases.
So we are just thinking of filling a decent sized box to bring over with us with the bulkier items like heavy jackets etc.
Has anybody done it this way before? Was it expensive? And whom did you use? Would love to hear your experiences with it.

Many thanks in advance

Contact an aircargo-forwarding-agent and ask about dispatch by consolidated-airfreight, no priority, cheapest carrier available to be used
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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

Thank you Wollishofener, I will look into that right now. Much appreciated!
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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

Heavy jackets are exactly the thing I would not send in a box, but carry right on to the plane… using this old packing trick, taught to me by my grandmother, born 1895.

Arrange your coats and jackets in descending order of volume and size. Then take the largest coat and tuck the next-largest/next-most-voluminous inside it, pulling the sleeves all the way down, just as if the smaller coat were “wearing” the larger. Inside the smaller coat, tuck in another, and so on in descending order, until the sleeves of the outermost coat are completely full. You might find that you can still fit one more jacket inside, without threading in the sleeves.

Rather like that little poem:
Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

Now use ribbons to tie together any jackets that have hoods or loops at the nape and, if need be, even use sturdy yarn to sew them together, around the neck, in large stitches you can easily undo. This makes the whole bundle into one item. Secure it (and thereby reduce the volume) by fastening a belt around the waist.

Next, practice casually tossing this bundle over your arm while you walk down the passage, the way any lady would stroll gently through the park, looking nonchalant, and not as if you are heaving 8kg of textiles. You, poor soul who so easily gets cold in the plane, and can’t stand dropping things (that’s what you can say if anyone queries your bundle) can carry this on with you, in addition to your hand-luggage.

You and your husband can both do this, and intersperse your jackets if that makes sense size-wise.

For airplanes, check-in baggage is weighed at check-in. On some airlines the hand-luggage is weighed, but in others only the volume is relevant. In any event, your coat is unlikely to ever be weighed.

Find out if your airlines (all of them including stop-overs) use weight or volume to measure hand-luggage. If only volume, then pack dense, small, heavy items in the hand-luggage (as long as they are not of the sort classified as dangerous, e.g. pointy, sharp or chemical) and the voluminous, lighter ones in your check-in suitcase.

Having said all that, I’d urge you to ask your relations (or your friendly EF posters) about items you’re considering bringing. Some might simply not be worth the expense.

My tip would be to skip kitchenware altogether (except perhaps one mug or plate, each, that brings happy memories) and most household items, as these can be had from the Brockenhaus (“op shop”) cheaply, or even for free online. If your bodies are fairly standard sizes, you can arrive without T-shirts, except those that make you smile, ditto Brockenhaus. Ditto towels, etc., which are to be had second-hand, in abundance, and at low cost.

I’d recommend you pack:
- sturdy shoes that you like and trust
- warm jackets
- reliable jeans or similar
- eye-glasses and contact-lenses (and spares), including sunglasses
- any specialised medical equipment you use regularly
- a few sets of good, standard underpants and bras and socks, as these (like shoes) can be tedious to find and try out (and perhaps more expensive here) when you’re in a new place
- other equipment might be worth considering, but only if you happen to own that very special knife, set of screwdrivers, binoculars, scissors, magnifying glass, tweezers, paint brushes, protective gloves, etc. that are just The Exact One, i.e. your Favourite Of All Times. (These not in your hand-luggage, of course!)
- bicycle helmet, as that’s not a safe item to buy second-hand
- cosmetics if you are dermatologically dependent on specific products
- only one or two very specific books if essential to your well-being, e.g. NZ poetry or fauna and flora
- some small things to make you feel good, and oriented, here, e.g. some few light-weight decorative items/sentimental goodies/pictures that don’t take up much room, but that will cheer your new home. Perhaps perfume, some manuka honey.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

I have no experience using this kind of exchange service as you describe it, so perhaps I'm not qualified to judge. But this particular sentence:


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And why would someone phone you for this kind of transaction?


It would make me very cautious, too. I'd be interested to know what others think.
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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

Doropfiz...wow, thanks for taking the time to share your experience and thoughts.

I am not sure that I am ready to carry all my heavy jackets around on the plane, especially since most of the trip will be going through warm counties. We are stopping in Australia to see the children first and they have been reporting 40 degree heat. I feel half cooked at 25 degrees already

I shall be very careful with packing and believe it or not, one of the items I really want to take with me, are the muckboots that I have. They have been great on our lifestyle block and as we are planning to help my cousin when we can, on her farm, I would really like to have them with me. And a $600 swandri jacket that I was given. Not necessarily nice to look at, but great for the cold weather over there, but it's heavy and bulky.

Anyway, I shall see what kind of quotes come back to me and if it's too expensive, then I shall just leave them here.

I agree with you that I am very nervous about the exchange bit too. When he first asked me to agree to their terms and conditions to be registered, I had said that I was unsure as he caught me off guard, but he assured me that we were not obliged to use them if we chose not to take it any further. However, I think we will just go through the bank, just to be on the safe side.

Thank you again for taking the time to answer. May I ask where you live ? Most people seem to be in the Zuerich area, not many in the Kanton St.Gallen.

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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

I moved from NZ to CH a few years ago and used http://www.nzbaggagemovers.co.nz

they do door to door service, I moved 20 boxes which was 200kg or 2 cubic metres and it was $1,200.

If it is just one box get a quote from NZ Post, it's faster and maybe cheaper if it's not much. With shipping it takes a couple months and it's priced by cubic metre instead of weight.
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I moved from NZ to CH a few years ago and used http://www.nzbaggagemovers.co.nz

they do door to door service, I moved 20 boxes which was 200kg or 2 cubic metres and it was $1,200.

If it is just one box get a quote from NZ Post, it's faster and maybe cheaper if it's not much. With shipping it takes a couple months and it's priced by cubic metre instead of weight.

in airfreight you divide the cubic-decimeters by 6 and get the volume-weight. In case of PersonalEffects, usually the volume-weight applies.


2 cubic meters are 2000 cubic decimeters which means a volume weight of 334 KGs and $ 1200 divided by 334 means a price of 3.60 per kilo and this free-domicile looks like a fair offer
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Re: moving companies from NZ to CH?

We also used nzbaggagemovers and were really happy - had a few regular moving boxes, plus some awkward shaped items (massive projector screen) and a couple of fragile bits and bobs like the projector....all arrived ship-shape.

Also, just in case no one else points it out - don't forget to make an inventory list when you pack the boxes, and the fill out the forms for customs. That way you won't be faced with any hassles or nasty bills for import tax. It's super easy if done in advance...more info here:
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We also used nzbaggagemovers and were really happy - had a few regular moving boxes, plus some awkward shaped items (massive projector screen) and a couple of fragile bits and bobs like the projector....all arrived ship-shape.

Also, just in case no one else points it out - don't forget to make an inventory list when you pack the boxes, and the fill out the forms for customs. That way you won't be faced with any hassles or nasty bills for import tax. It's super easy if done in advance...more info here:
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