Car Shipping to Switzerland from USA

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Shipping Cars to Switzerland from the USA

There are many questions that come up before you ship your vehicle abroad. You first have to determine which regulations and classifications apply to your personal situation. Switzerland, for example, makes the distinction between undeclared vehicles, meaning essentially the vehicle has no prior registration and has not been taxed, vehicles for temporary use, and relocation to Switzerland from a foreign country.

Different Scenarios When Importing Your Car

Instance 1:

  • You must declare your vehicle the first chance you get with customs and only in person. You will be liable for customs duties as well as the VAT.
  • All vehicles which are imported or driven across the border are subject to a technical test.

Instance 2:

  • Temporary visitors with residence abroad can operate their vehicle without paying import duties. After filling out the documentation, Form 15.30, a simple permit is required. It is applicable to foreign employees, students and interns and lasts for two years.

Instance 3:

  • If one is moving to Switzerland, the car will be duty free if it was used for at least 6 months abroad under your ownership.
  • Registering the vehicle is required after customs in the canton where you have declared residence.

For more information, please visit the Swiss Customs Administration website.

How Swiss Duties are Calculated for Motor Vehicles

  1. Rates are the same for used and new cars
  2. Depending on weight and motor size, rates can range from 12 to 15 CHF per 100kg or 220Lbs. (applies to motorcycles shipped into Switzerland as well)
  3. VAT is 8%, based upon an assessment of the value of the car
  4. Currency is converted into Swiss Francs and duties are payable in cash upon entry

3 Car Related Facts About Switzerland

  1. It was once illegal to slam your car door
  2. Every car with snow tires must have a sticker that reminds the driver not to drive faster than 160 km/h with the tires on
  3. There is a fine for leaving the keys in your unlocked car.

For further information or to find out how much it costs to ship your vehicle to Switzerland, Contact us or Ask a Car Quote


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