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Old 30.11.2015, 17:00
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

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I got a fourth reasonable quote that didn't seem like a scam from Reloswiss. In their words, for 5 cubic meters (approx. 176 cubic feet):

"CHF 3.485,00 flat

This includes the professional packing of your goods in your house (fragile, furniture etc.) incl. all cartons and other materials (on collection’s day only), Swiss export formalities, transport to Rotterdam, port handling and ocean freight, normal customs clearance, delivery to your new residence in Durham, unloading, placing of items into designated rooms, unpacking of furniture, simple reassembly and same day removal of used material.

Excluded are any duties and taxes, storage, physical customs exam or x-ray, long hand carry or shuttle due to difficult access at origin or destination, higher than 2end floor without lift, heavy items like piano, safe etc.

Fully comprehensive insurance cover is available for a premium of 2,2% of the declared valuation. Deductible is CHF 500,00."
If you care about your stuff, please don't use this company. We did and a lot of our stuff arrived damage. The real frustration though is that this company is impossible to work with and won't do anything to help us via the insurers. I'd highly recommend using a UK removals company (very much regret that I didn't) because the customer service of a Swiss company is, well, Swiss. Unfortunately I learned the hard way that one must consider the worst case scenario when one entrusts all one's personal belongings to a removals firm.
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Old 25.12.2015, 00:56
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

Update: we decided to send boxes through the post (Swiss post to Canada Post). The boxes arrived promptly, with nothing stolen, but they were beat to sh!t. I mean, seriously destroyed. Luckily we didn't send much breakable stuff but the breakable stuff was mostly busted. One was water-damaged. I think much less of postal workers after this.
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

Postal service is good for domestic shipping and maybe that applies to many countries.
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Update: we decided to send boxes through the post (Swiss post to Canada Post). The boxes arrived promptly, with nothing stolen, but they were beat to sh!t. I mean, seriously destroyed. Luckily we didn't send much breakable stuff but the breakable stuff was mostly busted. One was water-damaged. I think much less of postal workers after this.
What kind of boxes did you use? Boxes for domestic shipments are designed just for that.
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

For anyone watching this thread, the strongest boxes I found during my move were at LIPO. They were only medium-sized, though. I managed to score one XXL sized box from http://www.selfbox.ch/en/ that was also of high quality.
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

Hello everyone!
I need info on the lowest cost to move my things from at gallen
To new york city, and if possible where it can be stired until i have
An apartment there!
I will be leaving end of summer so my son can start 6 th grade
In NYC.
Willing to share a container if anyone us going that way!
Mostly boxes and only one single bed( my sons) and one dresser.
Thanks so much fir any info.
I dont have a lot of money, will be using part of my retirement to move
Back (been here 14 yrs)
Thanks for your help, this is always a useful resource this forum!
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

This thread is SUPER HELPFUL!

We are using IcelandAir for our trip home, which is great because they allow:

2 Checked Bags per person (Economy Class)
1 Carry-on per person
1 Personal Item/Backpack/Tote

and for $100 we can bring a bicycle as well.

Extra checked bags are $133. And then I found these online, which is the dimensions, packed full, for a checked bag: http://www.amazon.com/Rothco-Canvas-...cm_rdp_product for $20 each.

We aren't taking any furniture or electronics, so it might work! The only thing we can't pack is our desktop computer. It's 4 inches too big, and while we have the original packaging, I can't imagine putting it into the luggage hold. The rest of it will find a new home, I hope.
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

Thank you to everyone for posting such useful information. We are in the midst of planning a move to Canada and this is all helpful! I'll come back to add anything useful that I find.

Great tip about IcelandAir, InThalwil!
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

Hi,

I found this thread very useful. Thank you for the tips on the boxes too.

Did anyone move to California from Switzerland recently and can post their experience?

Thanks,
Lausanne Guy
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

This is useful stuff. Definitely helps me plan my move in a month.
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Re: Moving to USA, Shipping quotes

Very happy to find this feed. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to share their advice/experiences!

I was wondering if anyone also has some tips on sending a car from Switzerland to the US (or California specifically). I am wondering costs, time, can you pack your car full of moving items/boxes?

I'll also be moving some household items, so I'll share my quotes once I have more clarity on my offers.
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