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Moving to Austria from the US

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Moving to Austria from the US

If you’re relocating to Austria from the USA, SDC International Shipping is here to help you seamlessly transition to your new home. We specialize in international removals, ensuring that your household belongings are safely transported to your desired destination. Whether you’re a US citizen starting a new chapter or an Austrian returning home, our professional services cater to your relocation needs.

Austria offers a comfortable and enriching lifestyle, supported by a government committed to providing its citizens with essential amenities and opportunities. Renowned as Europe’s cultural and artistic hub, Austria boasts stunning alpine landscapes and charming towns nestled amidst picturesque surroundings. It’s no wonder that Austria has emerged as a coveted destination for expatriates worldwide.

At SDC International Shipping, we understand the complexities of international relocation and strive to make the process as stress-free as possible for our clients. Trust us to handle the transportation of your personal items with care and efficiency, allowing you to focus on settling into your new life in Austria.



Moving Household Goods to Austria

At SDC International Shipping, we understand that moving to a new country involves numerous tasks and decisions. That’s why we offer comprehensive services tailored to meet all your relocation needs. From finding a reliable mover to arranging packing services and handling paperwork, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

By entrusting us with the responsibility of managing your move, you can focus on the more important aspects of settling into your new home in Austria. Our professional team ensures that all your personal belongings are carefully packed, transported, and delivered to your destination with the utmost care and efficiency.

Our streamlined approach not only optimizes your budget but also saves you valuable time. With SDC International Shipping, you can rest assured that your household goods will arrive safely and sound, allowing you to start your new life in Austria with peace of mind.


How It Works: Moving to Austria with SDC International Shipping

Moving to Austria from the USA with SDC International Shipping is a hassle-free experience that requires minimal involvement on your part. Here’s how the process works:

  1. Contact Us: Simply reach out to us and discuss your moving needs in detail. Our dedicated team will guide you through the entire process and address any questions or concerns you may have.

  2. Specialized Services: If you have high-value or fragile items such as fine artwork or a piano, let us know in advance. We’ll make appropriate prearrangements to ensure the safe and secure transport of these items.

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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Shipping Electronics and Appliances to Austria: What You Need to Know

Considering shipping electronics and appliances to Austria from the USA? It’s essential to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Here’s what you should know:

  1. Voltage Compatibility: Many home appliances from the USA may not be compatible with Austrian voltage, even with the use of a transformer. Items like air conditioners, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, and TV sets may not function properly due to the difference in wattage. We recommend leaving behind these high-power-consuming appliances to avoid compatibility issues.

  2. Electronics: While certain appliances may not be suitable for shipping, electronics such as laptops and computers are generally compatible and can be transported without issues.

  3. Alternative Solutions: If you frequently move between the USA and Europe, purchasing multi-system appliances and electronics may be a practical solution. These versatile devices are designed to work with different voltage standards, making them suitable for use in both regions.

  4. Adapting Fixtures: For items like ceiling lamp fixtures or chandeliers that do not comply with Austrian voltage standards, consider rewiring and adapting them to ensure compatibility.

By understanding these considerations, you can make informed decisions about which items to include in your shipment to Austria and how to best prepare for your relocation.


Customs Info for Moving to Austria from the USA

When importing household goods to Austria from the US, certain documentation and regulations must be adhered to. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Ownership and Usage: Household goods must be owned and used for at least six months and intended solely for personal use to qualify for importation.

  2. Taxation: Non-EU shipments are not exempt from taxes, including duty. Be prepared to fulfill tax obligations upon importation.

  3. Required Documents:

    • Identification Documents: Ensure you have valid ID documents such as your passport.
    • Customs Declaration: Complete a customs declaration form for your imported items.
    • Proof of Ownership: Provide evidence of ownership for your belongings.
    • Residency Proof: Demonstrate that you have resided in the US for more than 12 months.
    • Inventory List: Prepare three copies of a detailed inventory list of the items being imported.
  4. Municipal Registration: A crucial requirement for final clearance is proof of registration in the municipality where you will be residing in Austria. Upon importation, present your new residence permit and registration card to satisfy this requirement.


By ensuring you have the necessary documentation and comply with import regulations, you can facilitate the smooth clearance of your household goods into Austria.

For further information regarding the importation of household goods and motor vehicles, we recommend visiting the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance website.

If you plan to drive in Austria, it’s advisable to explore Digital Austria for comprehensive information on driving regulations and requirements. Additionally, this portal provides valuable insights into bringing pets to Austria, ensuring a smooth transition for your furry companions.

By accessing these resources, you can gain valuable insights and guidance to support your relocation to Austria and address any specific inquiries or concerns you may have.


Shipping Duration to Austria

When shipping goods to Austria, it’s essential to consider the transit times and routes involved. Since there is no direct sea route to Austria, shipments typically pass through neighboring countries such as Italy, Belgium, or Germany.

At SDC International Shipping, we offer sea freight and ocean freight services in containers to ensure the safe and timely delivery of your belongings. Here’s an overview of estimated shipping durations:

  • Full Container Load (FCL) from US East Coast: Approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
  • FCL from US West Coast: Typically 8 to 12 weeks.
  • Consolidated Container (LCL) from US East Coast: Approximately 12 weeks.
  • Consolidated Transit from US West Coast: May take up to 14 weeks.

These timelines are subject to variations based on factors such as port congestion, customs clearance processes, and transit routes. Our team works diligently to streamline the shipping process and provide accurate delivery estimates for your convenience.

By understanding the shipping durations, you can plan your relocation to Austria effectively and anticipate the arrival of your belongings with confidence.


Moving to Anywhere in Austria from the USA

When relocating to Austria from the USA, your belongings will be shipped to the nearest European port based on your destination. From there, efficient transportation methods such as trucks or trains will ensure the prompt delivery of your items to your specific location within Austria.

While Vienna boasts the largest American community in Austria, our services extend beyond the capital to various cities and regions across the country. Whether you’re moving to bustling urban centers like Vienna or exploring opportunities in other vibrant cities such as Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Oberwart, Villach, or Wels, SDC International Shipping is committed to facilitating a seamless relocation experience for you.

By catering to diverse destinations across Austria, we ensure that our clients receive comprehensive moving solutions tailored to their specific needs, regardless of their chosen location within the country.


Why Choose Us

At SDC International Shipping, our clients’ trust is paramount, and we strive to exceed their expectations every step of the way.

“I am more than satisfied with the service from SDC International Shipping. I want to extend a special THANK YOU to Stacey, who kept me updated throughout the shipping process until my belongings arrived in Austria. Her responsiveness and professionalism were exceptional.” – Shannon M.

“I am immensely grateful to your company. Despite the shipment taking 12 weeks instead of the expected 8, I received all my items in impeccable condition. The investment in the packing service proved worthwhile. My heartfelt thanks to the entire team! I wholeheartedly recommend them!” – Miriam G.


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