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Shipping from UK

Hey all,

Thank you for all the help and advice. It has saved so much of search time.

We have managed to secure an apartment. Now comes the question of shipping stuff over from the UK.

We have already packed our stuff in boxes. Since the company is not paying for relocation, we have decided to send it to us using parcel services - Parcelforce or excess baggage etc.

Does anyone have any experience of shipping stuff over? I know that I have to fill in the form 18.44. Any other pointers? I found this thread - Recommendations for shipping 4 boxes from London to Zug? and tried to contact the OP but there was no reply on details etc.

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Hey all,

Thank you for all the help and advice. It has saved so much of search time.

We have managed to secure an apartment. Now comes the question of shipping stuff over from the UK.

We have already packed our stuff in boxes. Since the company is not paying for relocation, we have decided to send it to us using parcel services - Parcelforce or excess baggage etc.

Does anyone have any experience of shipping stuff over? I know that I have to fill in the form 18.44. Any other pointers? I found this thread - Recommendations for shipping 4 boxes from London to Zug? and tried to contact the OP but there was no reply on details etc.

Cheers
Hi, I am in a similar situation. I am moving from london to Zurich and was thinking of shipping some of my stuff by parcel.

Could you maybe point me in the right direction regarding form 18.44 Zoll Formular? Did you stick a tax import form and an inventory list to each box?

Many thanks
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Old 17.06.2014, 23:19
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Re: Shipping from UK

I have just finished shipping all my boxes. This is what I did (worked for me, may not work for everyone) -

1. I used parcels2go.com and booked the boxes for shipping.

2. I filled out everything online ( I used parcelforce, so they printed their own labels).

3. I filled out a 18.44 form from here - http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri..._JjKbNoKSn6A--

4. I attached an 18.44 with copies of residence permit, list of boxes (with what is inside), copy of rental contract to one of the boxes.

Now, when the boxes arrived, they came in two batches and the 18.44 wasn't even looked at. So, I called up customs and they said that "In case you get charged, we can refund." I fortunately didn't get charged but they did open 6 boxes.
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Old 17.06.2014, 23:21
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Hi, I am in a similar situation. I am moving from london to Zurich and was thinking of shipping some of my stuff by parcel.

Could you maybe point me in the right direction regarding form 18.44 Zoll Formular? Did you stick a tax import form and an inventory list to each box?

Many thanks
Read the latest post that I made. Explains everything in detail.

I would suggest that you first move here, get everything sorted and then ship the boxes. It makes it easier to deal with any issues that might arise. Also, if you have time, do the 18.44 forms at home and put one copy in each box/stick it outside each box. This is to cover your bases in case your box gets opened for inspection.

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Old 17.06.2014, 23:22
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I have just finished shipping all my boxes. This is what I did (worked for me, may not work for everyone) -

1. I used parcels2go.com and booked the boxes for shipping.

2. I filled out everything online ( I used parcelforce, so they printed their own labels).

3. I filled out a 18.44 form from here - http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri..._JjKbNoKSn6A--

4. I attached an 18.44 with copies of residence permit, list of boxes (with what is inside), copy of rental contract to one of the boxes.

Now, when the boxes arrived, they came in two batches and the 18.44 wasn't even looked at. So, I called up customs and they said that "In case you get charged, we can refund." I fortunately didn't get charged but they did open 6 boxes.
The bill could easily come by post at some time in the future, just because you did not pay on delivery does not mean your off the hook, especially if you signed for the delivery.
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Re: Shipping from UK

Thanks for your speedy answer. Sounds very doable. Thanks for your advice and good luck with your new job in Zug.
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Re: Shipping from UK

I have some boxes of "stuff" that need to find their way from UK to CH. What was the final cost - approx weight/volume - etc. Did you book as a consignment delivery (several boxes to same address)?
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The bill could easily come by post at some time in the future, just because you did not pay on delivery does not mean your off the hook, especially if you signed for the delivery.
Ah ok. I did sign for the boxes but all of them have no customs duties sticker in green on top. Hopefully, nothing more comes in post
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Thanks for your speedy answer. Sounds very doable. Thanks for your advice and good luck with your new job in Zug.
You're welcome. I am in Zurich, the other guy whose thread I referred to is in Zug
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Re: Shipping from UK

I haven't shipped yet but an initial google investigation for me was approximately:

box 50x45x45 with a weight of 25kg is around 30GBP to 40GBP.

I am thinking of using parcel2go or parcel broker.com
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I have some boxes of "stuff" that need to find their way from UK to CH. What was the final cost - approx weight/volume - etc. Did you book as a consignment delivery (several boxes to same address)?
I gave approx weight to the boxes. My final volume was around 38 cu. ft. I paid around 380 GBP for delivery (it was on the higher side, I could have paid less if I had bothered to weigh the boxes.). The entire set was one consignment but parcel force gave each box an individual tracking number.

There are other options like movecorp.co.uk whose quote was very close and I would have gone with them had their pick up dates been closer to my choice of dates. excess-baggage - http://www.excess-baggage.com/ - was another choice but their fees for pickup made their quote a bit high.
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I haven't shipped yet but an initial google investigation for me was approximately:

box 50x45x45 with a weight of 25kg is around 30GBP to 40GBP.

I am thinking of using parcel2go or parcel broker.com
If you are based in London, do consider excess-baggage.com. Their prices seem quite reasonable too.
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Re: Shipping from UK

Ultimately most of your parcels will be traveling by truck or lorry.

It might be cheaper to get a quote for 1 pallet, and load your boxes onto that. Tie them to the pallet with kitchen plastic wrap foil.

Then you will either lose the lot, or only pay for the one man handling.
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Ultimately most of your parcels will be traveling by truck or lorry.

It might be cheaper to get a quote for 1 pallet, and load your boxes onto that. Tie them to the pallet with kitchen plastic wrap foil.

Then you will either lose the lot, or only pay for the one man handling.
Mine came by air apparently. I was quite surprised as I went for the economy option.
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I've used franceremovals.com they have weekly vehicles between London and CH, also discounted trips on certain dates, worth trying
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I've used franceremovals.com they have weekly vehicles between London and CH, also discounted trips on certain dates, worth trying
I called them, when I said Zurich and not Geneva the guy on phone quoted 450, it didn't seem to matter how little I wanted to ship, nor the fact that dates were of little importance...he didn't seem particularly service-oriented
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Luker Brothers in Oxford are a family firm. Worth asking for a quote for a partial load, they are also here every week. http://www.lukerbros.co.uk/
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I called them, when I said Zurich and not Geneva the guy on phone quoted 450, it didn't seem to matter how little I wanted to ship, nor the fact that dates were of little importance...he didn't seem particularly service-oriented
I had the same experience. This was compared to excess-baggage or move corp who emailed me a few times to make sure they knew what exactly I wanted and all. The parcels2go customer rep was extremely helpful on twitter too (which I would recommend over talking to them online/on phone).
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Luker Brothers in Oxford are a family firm. Worth asking for a quote for a partial load, they are also here every week. http://www.lukerbros.co.uk/
I have had email correspondence w/Luker Bros, and now that I have a better idea of what and how much I actually need to ship will contact them again. They seem to have integrity - having been stung by a moving firm that "went bankrupt" between collecting and delivering on one other occasion, I have grown antennae. Parcel2go seems a good alternative for a few boxes.
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The bill could easily come by post at some time in the future, just because you did not pay on delivery does not mean your off the hook, especially if you signed for the delivery.
For anyone referring to this thread, I have not gotten any bills yet. Hopefully, none will come in the future
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