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Moving to Austria from the US

Let us keep your balance as you move to start a new life.

Are you moving to Austria from the USA? Moving household belongings is one of the services offered by SDC International Shipping. We are experts in international removals, and making relocation easy is our priority. Many US citizens or returning Austrian citizens turn to us – when they need professionals to handle transportation of their personal items.

Austria is a comfortable place to live. The government offers citizens everything they need to enjoy a peaceful and sustaining livelihood. Besides, it is Europe’s cultural and artistic hub. Located near the slopes of the gorgeous alps with many stylish and picturesque towns, Austria has become one of the most desired destinations for expats worldwide.  

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Moving Household Goods to Austria

We offer comprehensive services, allowing our clients to focus on more important aspects of settling in their new home than searching for a mover, packing service, and paperwork arrangement. We can take full responsibility for all of the above and do this professionally.

An approach like this helps you optimize your budget, save tons of time, and ensure that your personal effects will be delivered to your destination safely and sound.

How Does This Work?

Moving to Austria from the USA with SDC means your minimal involvement in the process. You merely need to contact and discuss with us everything in detail. In addition, if you need a moving service for high-value and fragile items, like fine artwork or piano, let us know in advance so we can make appropriate prearrangements.

Our services include:

  • Professional packing with high-quality materials;
  • Furniture disassembling and protection;
  • Loading unto the truck and transporting to the port for shipping;
  • Export and import customs clearance;
  • Reassembling, unpacking, and placement of furniture at destination;
  • International moving insurance;
  • Assistance with customs paperwork.

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Moving Electronics and Appliances to Austria

Is it worth shipping electronics and appliances to Austria from the USA? The answer is that many home appliances won’t fit the Austrian wattage even if you try to use a transformer. So we recommend leaving behind American air conditioners, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, and even TV sets. Avoid including in your shipment anything that consumes a lot of power. Electronics, such as laptops and computers, are OK to take.

Purchasing multi-system appliances and electronics might be a solution if you intend to move often to Europe. If you have fancy ceiling lamp fixtures or chandeliers that don’t comply with the Austrian voltage standard, consider rewiring and adapting them.

Customs Info for Moving to Austria from the USA

Household goods coming from the US must be owned and used for at least six months and intended only for personal use. Non-EU shipments are not exempt from taxes, including duty. To import your belongings, you will have to present the following documents:

  • Your ID documents (e.g., passport);
  • Customs declaration;
  • Proof of ownership of your items;
  • Proof that you lived in the US for more than 12 months;
  • Three copies of the inventory list.

One particular requirement for final clearance is proof of registration in the municipality you will be residing. So at the time of importing your goods, you need to present your new residence permit and registration card.

For more information about importing household goods and motor vehicles, visit the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

If you are planning to drive in Austria, please visit Digital Austria. Also, check out the same portal for bringing pets to Austria. 

How Long Does it Take to Ship to Austria?

There’s no direct sea route to Austria, so your goods will likely be shipped to Austria through Italy, Belgium, or Germany.

We operate shipping via sea freight and ocean freight in containers. If we send your items from the US east coast in a separate container or FCL (Full Container Load), it will take 6 to 8 weeks. Sending the FCL container from the west coast takes 8-12 weeks.

Sea freight in a shared or consolidated container from the east coast can take 12 weeks, while consolidated transit from the east coast is the longest; it may take 14 weeks.

Moving Anywhere in Austria from the USA

Based on where you are moving to Austria, your stuff will be shipped to the closest European port. Then, your things will be transported to your destination on a truck or train.

The most populous American community is in Vienna, but we also move household items and vehicles to:

  • Graz
  • Innsbruck
  • Klagenfurt
  • Linz
  • Oberwart
  • Villach
  • Wels

Why Put Your Trust in Us

Our clients count on us, and we’ll do our best not to fail them.

“I am more than satisfied with the service from SDC International Shipping. I want to tell a special THANK YOU to Stacey, who always updated over the shipping process until my stuff arrived in Austria. She was very responsive and professional in her approach.” Shannon M.

“I am so thankful to your company. Although it took 12 instead of 8 weeks to get my things, I am glad I got every item in good condition. It was certainly worth paying for the packing service. Thanks to the team! I would certainly recommend them!” Miriam G

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