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Moving Internationally to Sweden

Relocating overseas can present a myriad of challenges, demanding meticulous planning for a smooth transition. Moving to Sweden from the USA, whether for family reunification or work purposes, involves navigating intricate moving and shipping procedures. From coordinating the transportation of household goods to managing Customs clearance, each step requires attention to detail to ensure a seamless relocation process. Additionally, if you intend to ship a car or relocate your pets, specific protocols and arrangements need to be made.

At SDC International Shipping, our primary goal is to streamline your relocation to Sweden, offering a stress-free experience. Specializing in shipping personal belongings from the USA to any Swedish city, we prioritize your peace of mind throughout the international move. Our dependable services guarantee that your possessions and personal effects will be treated with the utmost care and precision, ensuring secure and timely delivery to your new destination.

 


Shipping Household Goods in Containers

When it comes to shipping household goods to Sweden, SDC International Shipping offers reliable container shipping services tailored to your needs. Our 20-feet and 40-feet containers provide ample space to accommodate your entire apartment, ensuring the security of your belongings throughout the transportation process.

We provide two container shipping options:

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping: Opting for FCL is ideal when transporting the contents of a 3-bedroom apartment to Sweden. You can select either a 20-feet or 40-feet container based on the volume of furniture and items you wish to ship. These container sizes are well-suited for larger quantities of household goods.

Our comprehensive FCL service includes assistance with Customs clearance documentation and a detailed inventory list. Upon arrival in Sweden, we manage the delivery and unloading of your possessions at their final destination.

FCL shipping offers direct transit, ensuring prompt delivery of your items. This option also provides a cost-effective solution for shipping larger loads.

Trust SDC International Shipping for a seamless and stress-free experience when shipping your household goods to Sweden!


Less Than Container Load Shipping (LCL)

For those with smaller loads, SDC International Shipping offers LCL shipping as a convenient and cost-effective solution. Your belongings are securely crated and placed in a shared container with other regular consignments bound for your chosen destination.

The speed of LCL shipping can vary. Depending on container loading times, transit times may be comparable to FCL or dedicated container shipments, though occasionally slightly longer.

In addition to LCL, we provide Group Shipping, utilizing a similar shared approach where your items are grouped with shipments from other customers also destined for Sweden.

Both LCL and Group Shipping offer budget-friendly alternatives to dedicated containers. While these options may take longer as we consolidate consignments, they provide economical choices. For expedited delivery, opting for FCL shipping is recommended.

Choose SDC International Shipping for flexible shipping options tailored to your requirements, ensuring a reliable and efficient transport of your goods to Sweden.

 

Moving to Sweden from the USA via Ocean Freight

Did you know that more than 90% of household shipments are carried out via ocean freight? Opting for this method means your container will be loaded onto a sea vessel, guaranteeing a dependable and efficient transportation process. Typically, shipments weighing over 100 kg are moved using sea freight services.

The duration of ocean freight varies based on several factors. When shipping items to Sweden from the east coast of the USA, the typical shipping time ranges from 3-4 weeks. However, shipments from the west coast may take approximately 7-9 weeks. Several elements can influence shipping times, including:

  • Container Type and Capacity: The size and type of container selected can impact shipping duration.
  • Seasonal and Weather Conditions: Variations in seasons and weather can affect vessel transit times.
  • Berth Availability: Port berth availability can influence loading and unloading times.
  • Port Congestion: High ship volumes leading to port congestion may affect departure and arrival schedules.
  • Force Majeure Events: Unforeseen events like natural disasters can disrupt shipping schedules.

At SDC International Shipping, we are committed to providing accurate estimates and keeping you informed about your shipment’s progress. Our experienced team ensures a seamless and timely delivery of your belongings to Sweden.

Opt for our ocean freight services for a reliable and efficient relocation experience from the USA to Sweden!

 


Moving to Sweden from the USA Via Air Freight

When time is of the essence and waiting weeks for your shipment to reach Sweden is not feasible, consider shipping via air freight. Unlike ocean freight, air freight offers faster transit times, ensuring swift delivery of your cargo to the destination port.

It’s essential to acknowledge that air freight can come at a higher cost, especially for shipments exceeding 100 kg. The expedited nature of air freight often results in higher expenses compared to ocean freight, particularly for larger moves.

At SDC International Shipping, we recognize the individual needs and budget constraints of each customer. Our team of experts is dedicated to assisting you in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of air freight versus ocean freight. Factors such as your timeline, budget, and shipment size will be carefully considered to help you choose the most suitable shipping method for your specific requirements.

Packing Service

SDC International Shipping offers a comprehensive packing service to guarantee the secure transportation of your furniture and household items, whether you opt for sea freight or air freight.

We present two primary packing options: palletization and crating. For non-fragile items, we employ palletization, which involves packing items in sturdy boxes placed on a wooden pallet. These items are then securely strapped and shrink-wrapped for added protection during transit. Palletization is ideal for items not requiring the highest level of safeguarding.

For delicate or high-value items, we recommend crating for maximum protection. Crating ensures the safe transport of sensitive belongings by creating custom wooden crates designed to shield them from potential damage during relocation.

While we prioritize the safety of your possessions, it’s essential to acknowledge the possibility of unforeseen circumstances leading to damage or loss during shipping. In such instances, international moving insurance can provide an extra layer of protection, covering accidents or errors that may occur en route. We advise considering international moving insurance to safeguard your household goods effectively.


Customs Clearance

When relocating to Sweden from the USA, navigating customs requirements is relatively straightforward. To import your belongings into Sweden, you must request an exemption from duty and tax on personal items. It’s crucial to note that the items being shipped should be used and not brand new. Evidence of at least six months of active use of these items must be provided.

To successfully clear your belongings through Swedish customs, you will need the following documents:

  • Valid ID: Ensure you possess a valid identification document, such as your passport.
  • Proof of Residency in Sweden: Provide documentation confirming your residency status in Sweden.
  • Bill of Lading: Present the Bill of Lading as proof of your shipment.
  • Detailed Inventory List: Prepare a comprehensive inventory list detailing all shipped goods.
  • Completed Swedish Customs Forms: Fill out and submit the required customs forms to Swedish authorities.

Customs regulations also apply to specific products like cigars, wine, beer, and tobacco, with limits on quantities allowed without additional duties or taxes. Understanding these allowances is essential when shipping such items.

Certain items are prohibited from entry into Sweden, including firearms, unapproved medications, and narcotics. Adhering to regulations concerning prohibited items is crucial to avoid legal complications.

SDC International Shipping’s experienced team can offer guidance on necessary documentation and assist you in navigating the customs clearance process for a seamless transition of your belongings through customs.


Shipping a Vehicle to Sweden

When moving to Sweden, you have the option to transport vehicles like cars, motorcycles, boats, and caravans alongside your personal effects. However, if importing multiple vehicles, Swedish Customs will inspect the shipment to confirm they are not for commercial use.

To import a vehicle to Sweden, you will need the following documents:

  • Valid Passport: Essential for identification purposes.
  • Bill of Lading: Proof of shipment.
  • Purchase Invoice: Demonstrating the vehicle purchase.
  • Proof of Insurance: Required for both US and Swedish coverage.
  • Registration Certificate: Include the vehicle’s registration certificate.
  • Customs Forms: Complete the necessary forms for vehicle import.

Navigating the rules and regulations surrounding vehicle shipping to Sweden can be complex. Fortunately, SDC International Shipping is here to offer comprehensive support throughout your relocation journey. We ensure your vehicle reaches the designated port and provide guidance on the import process well in advance.

Count on SDC International Shipping’s expertise to handle your vehicle shipping requirements smoothly and efficiently. Trust us to manage logistics and assist you in meeting documentation and regulatory requirements seamlessly.


Moving to Sweden from the USA with Pets

As of 2024, if you are planning to bring a dog, cat, or ferret with you when moving to Sweden from the USA, it’s important to ensure they comply with the EU animal import requirements. These requirements include:

Vaccination against rabies: Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before entry into Sweden and be valid at the time of entry. For puppies and kittens, they must be at least 12 weeks old before receiving the rabies vaccination.Microchipping: Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO-compliant 15-digit microchip. The microchipping must be done before or at the same time as the rabies vaccination.

EU Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate: For entry into Sweden, your pet needs either an EU Pet Passport (if you’re coming from another EU country) or an EU Animal Health Certificate. For pets from the USA, you’ll need the Animal Health Certificate, which must be issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian no more than 10 days before entry into the EU.

Tapeworm treatment for dogs: If you’re bringing a dog, it must be treated for tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) between 24 hours and 120 hours (5 days) before entry into Sweden. This treatment must be documented in the EU Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate.

Declaration in advance: As of 2024, Sweden requires pet owners to declare their pets in advance through an online system called TRACES NT. This should be done at least 24 hours before arrival.

It’s important to note that these requirements can change, and there may be additional rules for certain breeds or types of animals. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free relocation of your pets to Sweden, it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian and check the official Swedish Board of Agriculture website for the most up-to-date information. They can provide personalized guidance based on the health and vaccination status of your pets and any recent changes to import regulations.


What to Know Before Relocating to Sweden from the USA

Before relocating to Sweden from the USA, it’s essential to consider key factors to facilitate a smooth transition and optimize your move.

Electrical Voltage: Sweden operates on 220-240 volts, which may differ from American standards. Ensure compatibility of your appliances or invest in multi-system electronics adaptable to Swedish voltage to avoid issues.

Chandelier Compatibility: If you have a valuable American chandelier, verify its compatibility with Swedish electrical currents. Rewiring may be necessary for seamless integration into your new home.

Duty and Tax Exemptions: Personal belongings can qualify for duty and tax exemptions if your move to Sweden is permanent (lasting at least one year). Have the required documentation to support your intent to stay.

Vehicle Import: When importing your car and household goods, your presence at the Swedish port during the import process is mandatory. Importing vehicles may incur duty, VAT, and Ad Valorem Tax expenses, so be prepared for these costs.

Cannabis Regulations: Familiarize yourself with Swedish laws regarding cannabis. Products containing THC are prohibited in Sweden. Leave such items behind to avoid legal complications when relocating.

By addressing these critical aspects, you can prepare effectively for your relocation to Sweden and ensure a seamless transition to your new residence.


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Moving to Sweden with SDC International Shipping

Embarking on an international move can be intricate and demanding, necessitating meticulous attention to detail. Entrusting your relocation to a reputable and experienced company like SDC International Shipping, with a proven track record in managing international moves, is crucial for a successful transition.

To kickstart your international move with SDC International Shipping, follow these steps:

Get a Free Quote: Fill out our simple three-step form to receive a complimentary quote. This initial estimate will outline the costs and logistics involved in your relocation.

Contact Us: For personalized assistance tailored to your specific needs and concerns, reach out to our team directly. We are here to address any queries you may have and offer expert guidance throughout the relocation process.

SDC International Shipping comprehends the unique complexities of international relocations and is committed to ensuring a seamless transition for you. Contact us today at (877) 339 0267 to initiate your journey towards a successful and stress-free international move.

 

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