Switzerland has a thriving economy and a strong import/export sector, so opting for road freight provides an economical and budget-friendly way of shipping your goods to and from the UK. Whether that’s with our express delivery service or with our economy groupage rates, you can expect a professional job with consignments getting to exactly where they need to be with the minimum of fuss and no unnecessary delays. We offer daily services, too. This means your cargo will arrive as quickly as possible whenever it is ready to leave your warehouse, factory or workshop. Our extensive fleet will ensure that your consignment(s) arrives on time and in good condition with every road haulage trip whether we are conveying goods to or from Switzerland on your behalf.
At Barrington Freight, we understand the importance of getting your business deliveries or commercial cargo to its destination quickly and safely, so we are one of a handful of British freight companies who offer daily road freight to and from Switzerland. We provide a wide range of services to suit your needs across the entire country. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you have customers in Geneva, close to the French border in the west of the country, who are waiting for your goods or suppliers in Lugano, near to the Italian city of Milan, where you might want commercial cargo collected for you. In any such cases, we have the know-how and manpower to deliver, from Zurich to Bern and from Basel to Lausanne.
Our Swiss business and commercial services are fast and efficient. We have made a name for ourselves, offering competitive and affordable freight delivery thanks to our expert knowledge of Switzerland and road freight services running to and from the country. The way we work means that we aim to lighten your load and ensure the stress-free transit of your goods is maintained even in post-Brexit times. With our vast range of services, unbeatable prices and an easy to navigate booking system, we make it easy to meet delivery deadlines with freight to Switzerland.
After all, Switzerland is only about 550 miles from Dover, the UK port through which much road freight headed for central Europe flows. Depending on the exact route taken, that’s a similar distance from Dover to Dundee on the east coast of Scotland. Indeed, given that there are some excellent roads that connect Calais and Dunkirk in northern France to Switzerland, it can often be the fastest and most efficient option to send goods to and from the country by tried and tested road haulage routes.
Typically, road hauliers will travel south from the UK using the fast A26 arterial route from Calais in the direction of Switzerland. Various options are on offer depending on where in Switzerland is the intended final destination. For example, the A35 and the A36 both connect to the northern Swiss border while the A40 serves western Switzerland, close to Geneva. Even better, Swiss roads are well maintained even in the winter months and regularly cleared of snow. As such, potential delays can be minimised with careful route planning, especially when our prior experience of the wider region can be drawn upon.
It is important to underline just how much the trading situation between Switzerland and the UK has changed since Brexit. On the face of it, both countries are not members of the European Union, so there should be no great changes. However, it is worth noting that Switzerland follows many of the rules and regulations that are laid down by the EU even if it only does so on a voluntary basis. For example, the freedom of movement that EU citizens enjoy also extends to Swiss nationals. As such, very similar rules apply concerning the importation of goods from third-party countries outside of the trading bloc. This is the status that the UK now has with respect to the EU and, consequently, with Switzerland.
Furthermore, goods that are being sent from the UK to Switzerland via any land route will necessarily need to pass over EU territory. This may be limited to just France but consignments may also travel through Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, too, on their way to the Swiss border. As such, exporters will need to make sure that their freight to Switzerland meets all of the customs border regulations that are in place today. Equally, importers of Swiss goods will need to make sure that their freight has the right declarations to go alongside it to satisfy British customs officers. Either way, UK-based firms will need an EORI number to be able to make such declarations. At Barrington Freight we can guide you in this regard as we also operate as customs clearance agents as well as freight forwarders. Ask us about combining our expertise in both these areas if you need help.
Road freight to Switzerland arrival times may differ depending on the chosen routes or the type of service that has been selected. Even so, we aim to deliver consistently within five to seven days for our economical groupage services. If you opt for a full load road haulage service to Switzerland, then the expected time it would take to get your goods to any location in the country would be two to three days. We also offer express delivery services which can take as little as one to two days, depending on customs clearance. Please speak to our team for further information on the various options we can offer for road freight to Switzerland from the UK.