If you are planning to move to Switzerland, you are probably wondering how to transport your possessions. There are two transportation methods you can consider: by sea or air.

While your budget will play a major role in the method you choose, the amount of time you have before relocating will be critical in determining your next cause of action. In this post, we shall discuss the various methods you can use to transport your items in your relocation to Switzerland.

Moving Household Items by Air

Moving household stuff by air is fast becoming a popular transportation method especially for people who are not ready for the long waiting period that comes with sea transportation. This method, however, can be costlier than transporting your goods by sea.

This method involves packing your household stuff and loading them in heavy-duty boxes, even though some freight companies prefer dedicated containers. Seeing that shipping your goods by air can be costly, you need to minimize your stuff as much as possible. Dispose of the items you don’t intend to use or even donate them to charity.

Apart from hefty shipping costs, another major drawback of shipping your goods by air is space limitation. Airfreight, however, is not only convenient, but it’s also reliable and fast. Choosing air freight means you will get your items in your new house in a matter of days.

Moving Your Items By Boat

If you choose to transport your stuff by sea, the moving company you choose will load all your stuff in containers before they are finally loaded in the ship as cargo and shipped to your new destination.

When the ship finally docks in the new country, the container will be unloaded and taken through customs for evaluation from where an international moving company will assist you with filling the customs forms.

The mover company will also be tasked with filling in the customs forms and clearing your goods. However, you will first need to establish the amount of space you need depending on how much stuff you have.

You can either choose a 20 foot or 40-foot container. Sometimes you may need more than one container, especially if you are moving lots of household items. Your international mover company should guide you accordingly.

Loading Your Items

There are three methods of getting your household items loaded in the container if you are moving your household goods by sea. They are:

  • Transporting your household items from your old house to the port and loading them into a container, picking your items from the port of destination and transporting them to your new house. This method is also known as, port to port.
  • The drop and fill method where your shipper drops the container in your old home, you pack your items and load them in the container, your shipper picks the container, and the process repeats itself at the port of destination.
  • The door to door method is where your moving company brings the container at your old house, loads your household items, transports the container to the port, picks the container from the port of destination, and finally unloads your items in your new home.

Dispose of the Items you No-longer need

You don’t have to take all your items with you to your new destination. Remember, you will need the money more than you will need the items especially before you get used to living in a different country.

Selling your possessions can be a difficult task and many people who are attached to their belongings can’t imagine disposing of their hard-earned items. If you feel too attached, you may want to imagine living without what you own even for a few days, if after the lapse of these days you are still doing well, then you probably will not need them in your next venture. Sell them and spend the money to buy new stuff in your new home.


Relocating to a new country can be fun and exciting for many people. However, packing and moving household items is not something anyone moving to a new home or country looks forward to. In this case, you may want to dispose of what you don’t need or even donate them to charitable organizations.