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Moving from Australia to Switzerland - Baggage Shipment Questions

I am moving to Switzerland to join my fiancé in late April this year from Sydney, Australia. I have lived in Australia for 13 years and have accumulated a lot of personal belongings and household items. 13 years ago I came as a student with a suitcase. This will be my first really big international move and I need some advice..

Should I get rid of as much as I can before I move, or should I ship as much as I can due to high prices in Switzerland? I've got a lot of cookware, kitchen stuff, beddings, clothes, suitcases, books, stuff I collected and have a hard time letting go, etc... (I also have two cats but I've got their moving plan sorted out already.)

Does anyone have any recommendations on shipping companies? When the shipping arrives in Switzerland, would there be any charges / tax on the Swiss side?

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Re: Moving from Australia to Switzerland - Baggage Shipment Questions

Stating the obvious, check with your fiance whether he/she needs any of the stuff you have. If yes, then bring it with you, if not sell/junk it. Keep a few "treasures" if you must, but trying to squeeze two households into one just means you'll pay a lot of money to eventually end up junking most of it here. For things like books and clothes, if you don't need them immediately have a look and see if you can send them economy post so that they arrive a few weeks after you do, that'll be cheaper than shipping them.

More importantly have you sorted out the fiance permit and the Type D visa you'll need to be able to come here in the first place. Without those you'll just be a tourist and will have to leave again after 3 months.

https://www.ch.ch/en/marriage/

More on travelling with pets to Switzerland here:

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...unterwegs.html

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html
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Re: Moving from Australia to Switzerland - Baggage Shipment Questions

We started from scratch, and we applied the 'just one of everything useful' basic principle.

If your Fiance is local (swiss?) and already has a place set up and knows where to shop, then I would be really minimalist.

The second-hard market here is very big (lots of people moving in/out, downsizing and affluence)...

Sizing for things like bedding etc are different, so it may not be useful to bring that stuff...Ikea is easy enough to replace anything like that.

For books etc, I wouldn't bother...in fact, if I could do it again, I would take even less. But one thing we didn't do is leave anything in storage in Australia.

In my opinion, storing anything for later, or bringing anything but the most basic essentials, is unnecessary. You're better saving the money for shipping to buy modestly over time when you arrive.

The swiss principle that we picked up here is 'one, very good example' ....you don't need 10 frying pans, just 2-3 of the exact sizes you want (and you'll probably have an induction cooktop, not gas or electric)...

The style of clothing may change a lot from Australia. Overall we find Australia more casual, except for office wear, which is more formal (here in Switzerland jeans are oK for work in many contexts)... shoes etc will be different...and you probably don't have a winter wardrobe anything like what you need for Swiss winter....and better to get that over time on arrival....the quality and cost is not cheaper in Australia for high-tech winter gear...

1/3 of what we owned in Australia went to the rubbish dump, 1/3 to friends and family who then distributed it to where it was needed, and 1/3 came with us to Switzerland...

Electricals are cheaper here too... no point on shipping a TV...
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Thank you! Yes my Type D visa has been applied and is in progress, and he is a local Swiss but he doesn't have his own apartment yet. He's temporarily sharing with family and is looking for a new apartment to rent starting from April.

I will not be able to work in Switzerland right away, and that's why I'm a little worried about buying everything new there. But yes shipping would be a massive headache too. I'll continue on getting rid of most things I guess!

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1/3 of what we owned in Australia went to the rubbish dump, 1/3 to friends and family who then distributed it to where it was needed, and 1/3 came with us to Switzerland...
Hi Swisspea, how did you bring the 1/3 of stuff over to Switzerland? Did you ship them?

Other than high tech winter clothing and TVs (I don't have a TV here anymore anyway haha), what else might be not more expensive than in Australia?

I have only visited Switzerland for 3 days, so my impression was that food was a lot more expensive than Australia, and train tickets were quite exxy too.

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