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Shipping house content from USA

Hello,

We are moving to Lausanne from San Francisco bay area and we would like to ship about 10-15 boxes to Switzerland from the USA. Does anyone know how this can be done while minimizing costs?
Does anyone know how can I get an estimate of the costs and the time it would take?

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Re: Shipping house content from USA

Don't bother shipping anything that needs to be plugged in. Except those that are dual voltage (laptops for example).

It isn't worth the hassle to get transformers and replacement plugs. Better to start anew.

Ask your employer about a 'settling in allowance' to cover the cost of replacing electrical devices. They may not offer it, but if you don't ask ...
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Re: Shipping house content from USA

Thank you. Yes, we do not intend to take large electronic devices or even furniture. We mainly need to ship cloths, books, toys, etc. Maybe also bedding, duvets, pillows.

I am coming to Switzerland for a postdoc so I am not sure the employer (EPFL) would pay for that. I asked, waiting for their answer. I assume it will be negative so I am on my own...
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Thank you. Yes, we do not intend to take large electronic devices or even furniture. We mainly need to ship cloths, books, toys, etc. Maybe also bedding, duvets, pillows.

I am coming to Switzerland for a postdoc so I am not sure the employer (EPFL) would pay for that. I asked, waiting for their answer. I assume it will be negative so I am on my own...
To me it makes no sense to ship bulky items such as bedding, duvets and pillows. These can be purchased here and since they are different sizes to North America, you may as well buy the coverings for these as well here.

What you really want to do is only ship essentials and personal effects. Best to use a consolidator to keep the shipping costs to a minimum.
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Re: Shipping house content from USA

When we moved here from SF 8 years ago, we used one of many available shipping companies out of LA. I would be certain what you need to take with you, particularly if it is only a short term stay (even for a post doc) - bedding, pillows & toys are not items that are needed to be taken, IMHO.


You can replace most of that here for reasonable costs and probably acquire better quality ones. Even books, prioritize what is needed - many things we brought here remain in boxes in our basement. We sold quite a bit ahead of our move, I would recommend similar - come with as little as possible
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Re: Shipping house content from USA

We just moved here in the last year and USPS was by far the cheapest. I am talking less than half that of UPS, FedEx, and DHL.

Do the following and learn from my recent experience:
1. Go to USPS and grab a stack of customs forms and address stickers
2. Go to home depot / lowes and buy the heavy duty moving boxes
3. Fill out the customs forms after packing but before you go to post office
4. Make sure to label ALL packages as "moving" and "personal items" otherwise they will be taxed upon entry. If you dont do this and put the value on one box as say 100$, you will be taxed before you can receive the package.

Hindsight I would got rid of way more clothes than I did initially, and way more kitchen items as well, as now most of its in the basement!

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Re: Shipping house content from USA

Thank you!

Can you tell me roughly what was the cost of shipping?
Was it trackable? Which USPS service did you use to ship it?
Did everything arrive in good condition?
What did you ship?

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Thank you!

Can you tell me roughly what was the cost of shipping?
Was it trackable? Which USPS service did you use to ship it?
Did everything arrive in good condition?
What did you ship?

Thank you,
Yotam

All depends on the weight and volume for the cost


The fact 1 box arrive in good/bad condition is absolutely NO indication another box arrives in good/bad condition
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Re: Shipping house content from USA

Can you tell me roughly what was the cost of shipping?
I think I paid around 700 for everything and this was like 7 massive boxes weighbing around 45-60lbs each.

Was it trackable? Which USPS service did you use to ship it?
Think its USPS Priority International but honestly I used the cheapest.

Did everything arrive in good condition?
Yes, nothing broke at all.

What did you ship?
Clothing, artwork, kitchen items, random electronics accessories.
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