Although not part of the EU Switzerland also requires CE Certification on imported boats, additionally there are extra modifications for Swiss boats not required in other countries. The additional modifications are not part of CE Certification but will be required when registering and using your boat in Switzerland.
In recent years we have assisted a number of Swiss importers with ocean freight from the US to Europe, customs clearance in EU and onward transport to final destination in Switzerland. We can coordinate the whole process or any part of it on your behalf.
Ocean freight US to Switzerland via Amsterdam.
Road transport Amsterdam to Switzerland.
Customs clearance in EU.
CE Inspection in US, Amsterdam or Switzerland.
We have clients in EU who can make modifications required for CE Certification and the additional work required for Swiss boats before being delivered, meaning your boat can arrive ready to go
American Sports Boats Ltd are the original "one stop shop", we offer best prices and best service!! Beware of imitations!! We have agents in the US and Europe. Certification and shipping for all types of boat. Bowrider, Centre Console, Walkaround, Cruisers, Trawlers, PWC (Jet Ski) any Fishing or Sport Boat.
Our prices are the most competitive ANYWHERE !!!!
CE Certification throughout Europe and USA, Lowest prices guaranteed !! RCD 2013/53/EU
CE Certification and CE Marking to comply with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD)
We are authorised by notified body to carry out "post construction assessment" and CE marking or CE Certification on imported boats. The associated CE Mark is proof that your American Sport Boat complies with the recreational craft directive (RCD 2013/53/EU) Almost all boats imported from outside Europe, predominantly from the USA require C E Certification . We have agents in Europe and the USA and offer a very competitive price and service, we travel anywhere at very reasonable rates, whether you import or export to Europe call us we can help.
Due to the recent weak dollar there are a huge number of people importing boats from the USA and saving money. Almost all these boats, there are very few exceptions, will require the CE Mark and CE Certification. This is a legal requirement in all EU member states and EEA countries. Since January 1st 2006 it has been a legal requirement to have CE certification issued by a notified body. CE Certification is required before the boat is put into service or offered for sale, either privately or trade. Remember if a qualifying boat doesn't have the CE mark and CE Certification to go with it, it is illegal to use or advertise for sale. Some European countries police the recreational craft directive (RCD) more strictly than others, but even so, the penalties can be severe for using a boat not CE certified.
Each boat must be physically inspected, and a report compiled outlining the standards used. Motor(s) are also assessed and must be compliant with the recreational craft directive. This may sound frightening but in reality it can be a fairly straightforward exercise. On completion a new CIN (craft identification number) is issued along with the CE Mark and certification.
If you are in doubt or require specific information about your boat, or about a boat you are buying please call, there is a very good chance we will have assessed a similar boat and can advise what work is likely to be required, we do not charge for this service. Usually modifications will include but not be limited to the following:-
The countries are: Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxemburg Malta Norway Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden The Netherlands UK We provide certification service in all these countries and USA
Our unique service has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial savings for our clients.
We can arrange ocean freight (shipping) from any US port to Europe, or worldwide, through our partners in the US. The people we use have many years experience shipping boats, and are fully aware of the requirements, both legal and physical when shipping overseas.
Methods of shipping:-
Ro/Ro (Roll on Roll off) trailer or cradle.
Container. 20' 40' and HQ
Often it is likely that there is more than one way of shipping your boat, using our experience we can advise, which is the most economical way of getting your investment home. There are several ways of shipping a boat the most common ro/ro (roll on roll off) using car shipping vessels this means of shipping applies to boats on trailer or cradle, if a cradle is required we can arrange construction at most east coast US ports. In some cases a container may be more suitable, our partners in US can load boats and where required build cradles for the boat inside the container so that your investment is shipped in a safe and secure manner. Containers can be more economical and often container carrying vessels will service ports not on ro/ro routes. For larger boats it may be more suitable to use a FLO/FLO (float on Float off) service, these routes tend to be based on the volume of cargo for specific areas, and are not always scheduled as ro/ro or container carrying vessels. Of course cost is not always the prime issue, in some cases time is of the essence, we can advise schedules and compare the different means of shipping to get your boat home as quickly as possible.
The usual ports of export from US to Europe are New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Brunswick, Jacksonville and Miami (container). Whilst shipping (ocean freight) can be arranged from other ports, ie West coast or Gulf coast.
Ro/Ro shipping is the most common form of ocean freight for boats. The cost is based on the volume of the boat as shipped. Shipping costs are calculated using the dimensions of the boat, including trailer if there is one, length x width x height. For example a 25’ boat with trailer could be around 30’ in length including trailer. When shipping boats with wakeboard towers or radar arches it is advisable to have these removed for shipping if possible to reduce the overall height and therefore the cost. Our partners in the US can remove these items for you (where possible) and stow then on board for shipping and shrink wrap if required.
Shrink wrap is commonly used for boats being shipped, this process seals the boat and contents inside a tight polythene cover keeping everything clean and secure. We can arrange shrink wrap at most US ports, and in some case en route to port prior to export. Shrink wrap is inexpensive and will help to protect your boat en route to final destination. When you use our services for shipping, we will also appoint an agent at port of discharge to act on your behalf. The agent will handle all import procedures and help with payment of tax and duty etc.
Road Transport US
OK so you’ve found your boat, the only problem is, its 500 miles from the nearest port. No problem. We can arrange collection of your boat from anywhere in the US and deliver to dock, whether it is on its own trailer or a trailer is required, no matter we can arrange it. The drivers we use have the necessary credentials to get into ports as is now required by Homeland Security within the US. Obviously, the further we need to truck the boat the higher the cost, but we can provide an accurate quotation on request, to include all tolls if there are any, after all it your perfect boat will almost certainly not be located right outside the dock gates. Once we get your go ahead, we will liaise with the seller, dealer or broker to arrange collection. You must make sure any outstanding fees have been paid, however we will confirm this prior to pick up. We will keep you posted during the entire process, and will usually photograph the boat on arrival at dock and send dock receipt where required.