Unfortunately, due to recent extreme weather across South Africa, there may be delays to the collection and delivery of some shipments. However, our team are working hard to keep our services running to schedule.
Why choose Seven Seas Worldwide?
Purpose-built shipping boxes and materials provided
Trusted with your shipments for over 25 years
Pick your own dates for shipment delivery and collection
Spread the cost by paying in several instalments
We handle the customs clearance process
Expert overseas shipping for more than 25 years
Switzerland is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is best known for its confectionery delights and breathtaking landscapes. Millions of visitors flock yearly for the Alpine scenery, shimmering lakes, and captivating cities. Discover charming villages and world-class chocolates, and ski on pristine slopes for a unique blend of nature and culture.
Whether taking a gap year, beginning a new job or studying, you'll need as many home comforts as possible. That's where our international shipping company can help. Our boxes and bags shipping service covers most cities and towns in Switzerland. Popular destinations include Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, Bern and Winterthur.
With over 25 years of experience shipping household items and luggage abroad, we simplify the process. Our expert team and multilingual customer service make us the top choice among shipping companies in Switzerland.
Shipping to Switzerland from South Africa made easy
We've designed our shipping services to be as straightforward as possible. In other words, we handle the logistics, so you don't have to! Simply make a booking, pack your belongings, and complete your online documents. We'll come to your address, collect your shipment, clear it through customs, and then deliver your belongings to their destination.
Here are some unbeatable reasons why our worldwide shippers make life easier:
- Complimentary storage: enjoy two weeks of free storage in your origin country at one of our secure depots before shipping.
- Transparent fees: since we own and operate a global network of depots, we control costs. Get a free instant quote for an itemised price breakdown specific to your needs.
- Pay in stages: we won't demand the entire bill upfront. Instead, you make several payments across your shipping experience.
- We take care of customs: with over 25 years of international shipping experience, we clear your shipment through customs. All you need to do is pack your home effects into containers and complete your online documents.
- 24/7 customer assistance: our multilingual customer service team can answer questions and offer advice around the clock.
Shipping from South Africa to Switzerland in 5 easy steps
Free online quick quote
Our instant quote tool provides a clear, itemised cost with no hidden fees or nasty surprises.
Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the materials delivery and shipment collection dates that suit you.
Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes, ready for you to fill.
We collect and ship
Complete the online documentation. Then we'll transport your shipment to its destination.
Delivered to your address
Our team will clear your goods through customs and deliver them safely to your new home.
Our robust shipping boxes for international delivery
We offer strong, durable boxes to protect your possessions during long journeys. Made from chemically-strengthened cardboard, our most popular containers are Large and Standard. See below for specific measurements. Overestimate how many you need, and we'll collect any unused boxes still in brand-new condition for free.
Specially-shaped boxes made from the same cardboard are available for guitars, skis, etc. Wrap your large items securely, and we'll take them to our nearest depot and box them.
You may use your own boxes and bags but avoid laundry bags, plastic crates, used food boxes and bin liners. Such containers are likely to break and could damage the rest of your shipment.
61 x 51 x 41cm / 24 x 20 x 16.14 inches
- Sports equipment
51 x 41 x 31cm / 20 x 16.14 x 12.2 inches
- Files and papers
- Children's toys
We take care of Swiss customs clearance
Our shipping experts clear your personal belongings through customs in Switzerland. But there is some customs information you should know.
Like all nations, Switzerland has country-specific restrictions on certain items to protect its people and the environment. Please check our regularly-updated Prohibited Goods page before you pack.
Log in to your online account and complete the following documents:
- An inventory listing every item you're shipping. Customs officials will see this, so accuracy is a must.
- Optional insurance forms for extra cover in the rare case your shipment is lost or suffers damage.
- Colour scans of the shipment owner's passport picture and signature pages.
Whether arriving from the European Union or the rest of the world, you can import personal effects into Switzerland duty-free. But they must be in used condition and purchased at least six months before arrival. Plus, you must be present in Switzerland before your shipment arrives.
Certain goods, such as electronic items and car accessories, are liable for VAT if the total value exceeds 300 Swiss Franc (CHF). Visit the official Swiss Customs website for further information. Our multilingual customer support team is available 24/7 to answer any questions.
Our shipping experts clear your personal belongings through customs in Switzerland.
FAQs about shipping from South Africa to Switzerland
With over 25 years of experience shipping luggage internationally, we make the process easy.
Follow these steps:
- Grab a quick free quote on our website for an itemised breakdown of costs for your entire shipping journey. Place your order, pay the deposit and select a date so we can drop off any packing materials you have ordered.
- Pack your belongings into strong containers and complete your online documents. Then, choose a date so we can pick up your shipment.
- After you've made your Shipping and Transportation payment, we'll send your possessions to Switzerland and guide them through customs.
It takes 138 days to ship your belongings to Switzerland from South Africa via our boxes and bags shipping service. Transit time begins when you pay your Shipping and Transportation fee and ends when your shipment arrives at the destination port.
You can ship most home possessions via our boxes and bags shipping service. Plus, specially-shaped items, like guitars and skis.
All countries worldwide have a list of prohibited items to protect their citizens and the environment. Please reference our Prohibited Goods page as you pack to avoid customs charges or delays.
You may import household items into Switzerland duty-free. But they must be for personal use and more than six months old. Specific items such as electronics and car accessories will incur VAT charges if the total value exceeds 300 Swiss Franc (CHF). Visit the official Swiss Customs website for more information.
Because our overseas shippers control a global network of depots and drivers, we offer an affordable service. But rates vary depending on the size of your shipment and the location of your origin and destination countries. Use our free instant quote tool for a personalised cost breakdown.
To ensure your goods arrive via the most efficient method possible, all shipping and air routes are predefined and cannot be altered.
How long will it take to ship my luggage to Switzerland?*
*estimated transit times dependent on global shipping circumstances
Pack your possessions with this helpful 4-step guide
Secure your boxes:
Gather your packing materials, such as parcel tape and bubble wrap. Secure the base of your cardboard box by folding in the flaps and sealing them shut with three layers of overlapping parcel tape.
Cover exposed edges with more parcel tape, then tightly wrap all around the bottom of your box. Once full, secure the lid in the same fashion.
Be careful with fragile items:
Use bubble wrap on all items and two layers for delicate or valuable goods. Place solid items at the bottom of your box and lighter things above and away from the sides.
Fill gaps with soft materials like packing paper or towels. Once full, give your container a little shake. If you hear a sound, add more soft materials till it stops.
Complete your inventory:
Log in to your account and fill in your inventory — a list of all the items you're shipping. Swiss customs officials will check it, so accuracy is essential.
Using a marker pen, write the job number, box number, and shipment owner's destination country and city on two sides of each container. Check your inventory to ensure all details match.
Prepare for collection day:
No container can weigh more than 30kg/66lbs for your and our driver's safety. Weigh all boxes, bags and suitcases on scales. If a container exceeds the limit, remove some items.
For a smooth collection day, transfer all your luggage as close to your building's entrance as possible the night before.
Seven Seas Worldwide were a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end. 10/10 for customer service and great communication throughout the entire process. They are definitely the way to go when getting your goods shipped across the oceans.Beverley
Top-rated attractions in Switzerland's most popular cities
Thanks to some old-world charm, stunning sights and modern sophistication, Switzerland is an alluring destination. From snow-capped mountains to historic architecture, "The Chocolate Capital" is an unforgettable destination.
Keep reading for a curated selection of must-see hotspots in Switzerland's most-visited cities:
Zurich is Switzerland's largest city, known for its vibrant city centre, picturesque Old Town, parks and lakes. Enjoy a thriving arts scene, high-end shopping opportunities and numerous museums and galleries.
Step back in time: the historic Old Town of Zurich features winding streets, mediaeval buildings, and charming squares. Stroll along one of the world's most exclusive shopping districts, Bahnhofstrasse, or climb the Grossmünster for spectacular views over the city.
Chill by the water: Lake Zurich offers a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city. Take a boat ride, relax on the shores, or swim in the designated swimming areas. The surrounding lush parks are ideal for picnics and sunbathing.
Witness a Picasso up close: Kunsthaus Zurich is one of Switzerland's most revered art museums. It houses a vast modern and contemporary art collection, including works by Picasso, Monet and Munch.
Eyeball a cheeky monkey: Zurich Zoo is home to a diverse range of worldwide animals, including elephants, lions and great apes. Discover conservation programs and learning materials that focus on wildlife and environmental issues.
Geneva is a global diplomatic hub and the headquarters of several international organisations. Tourists come for the city's cosmopolitan atmosphere, the historic Old Town, and the chance to explore various museums.
Experience a 12th-century church: St. Pierre Cathedral is one of Geneva's most significant historical religious landmarks. Enjoy dazzling views from the top of the tower and explore an archaeological site full of Roman artefacts underneath.
Visit an icon of Geneva: the Jet d'Eau is a water fountain that sprays a spectacular water column around 140 metres high: a must-see attraction and an ideal photo opportunity.
Learn all about diplomacy: the Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations. Take a guided tour to learn about its role in promoting peace and human rights around the world.
Take a trip to the past: the Old Town of Geneva features narrow, cobblestone streets, boutique cafes and historic buildings. Discover the oldest house in Geneva, Maison Tavel, and the former home of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Lucerne is a charming city on the shores of Lake Lucerne, nestled among the Swiss Alps. Visitors can explore the well-preserved Old Town, take boat trips on the lake, or venture into the nearby mountains.
Walk a 14th-century wooden bridge: Chapel Bridge is an iconic symbol of Lucerne. It features a series of triangular paintings depicting scenes from the city's past. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape and explore a former prison tower, now a museum.
Find some inner peace: Lake Lucerne offers unforgettable scenic views in a serene setting. Explore the lake and its surrounding mountains via boat cruises. The nearby Rigi and Pilatus mountains provide excellent opportunities for hiking and cable car rides.
Walk a medieval time capsule: discover cobblestone streets and colourful buildings adorned with frescoes in Lucerne's Old Town. The area has several landmarks, including a well-preserved mediaeval city wall and a baroque church.
Watch time vroom past: the Swiss Museum of Transport is an alluring attraction for adults and children. See the development of transportation in Switzerland through the ages via interactive exhibits. Enjoy several makes of vintage cars, trains and aircraft and a fascinating planetarium.
The capital of Switzerland is best known for its mediaeval architecture and natural landscapes. From the cobbled streets of Old Town to the tranquil Aare River flowing through the city, Bern offers a unique blend of history, beauty, and serenity.
Witness the past: Bern's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see destination for architecture fans. Let the well-preserved mediaeval streets and arcades transport you back in time. Don't miss the Clock Tower, which features an astronomical clock and animated figurines.
Get close to the symbol of Bern: Bear Park, aka Bear Pit, is a bear enclosure that's been open to the public since 1857. Observe these large, hairy creatures roam around a 6000 square metre park and learn about conservation efforts.
Smell a rare rose: Rosengarten (Rose Garden) is a serene park on a hilltop overlooking the city. Explore a colourful collection of over 200 varieties of roses. The park also provides 360° views of Bern's skyline, featuring the Old Town and the Aare River.
Treat the art lover in your life: Zentrum Paul Klee is a museum dedicated to renowned Swiss painter Paul Klee. It houses the world's most extensive collection of Klee's work, showcasing his life's artistic evolution.