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Bring a Belgian car to Zurich for 1 year

Hi everyone,

I have skimmed through the forum and found some very nice info about bringing my car to Switzerland from EU. Even I found specific info to bring from Belgium (thans Belgianmum). However, I have a specialized question.

Background story:
-I have a Belgian car (owned by me for 5 years) and a Belgian driving license. I'm of Cyprus nationality (EU).
-I have a contract to work for 1 year in Zurich, starting September 1, 2015 until August 31, 2016. After that, I have a permanent contract in UK.
-My idea is to drive my car from Belgium to Zurich and keep it there for 1 year, then bring it to Belgium and sell it off (it's a Citroen C2 1.4 HDi of 2003, so I don't expect much from it...).

Now the question(s):
-After I import the car, I have 12 months to register it and switch plates. What if I keep it with Belgian plates and just take it out of the country let's say 1 month before the deadline to sell?
-Anyone has experience from doing something like this? Which insurance company did you use?

Some clarifications:
-Yes, I'm sure that I'll not stay for more than 12 months. But, if in the end I do get a so much better contract permanent in Zurich, I'll still sell the car and get a new one (this one is already 12 years old).
-Yes, I would like to bring the car to Switzerland. I will only use it for weekend shopping but mainly for trips. I have some friends and relatives living in south Germany and North Italy. Plus, I love doing long trips by car...

Thanks in advance guys...
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Re: Bring a Belgian car to Zurich for 1 year

Declare it at the border . If it remains in CH for a temp contract you do not need to import it.

You could also not declare it. I did it for well over a year with Belgium plates.Never got questions but what if.....


Also when you do declare it is true you have a year to get it to expertise AFTER declaring it. costs 20chf (just did it last week with California plates. )
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Declare it at the border . If it remains in CH for a temp contract you do not need to import it.

You could also not declare it. I did it for well over a year with Belgium plates.Never got questions but what if.....


Also when you do declare it is true you have a year to get it to expertise AFTER declaring it. costs 20chf (just did it last week with California plates. )
Thanks Anthony. The problem with not declaring it is the insurance. Ethias doesn't cover me for more than 3 months abroad.

Do insurance companies accept that I keep the Belgian (or foreign) plates?

How should I declare at the border that it's for a temporary contract? Is there something specific?
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Thanks Anthony. The problem with not declaring it is the insurance. Ethias doesn't cover me for more than 3 months abroad.

Do insurance companies accept that I keep the Belgian (or foreign) plates?

How should I declare at the border that it's for a temporary contract? Is there something specific?
You need to find an insurer who will cover you on Belgium plates, it won't be easy. FWIW legally they have to cover you for 3rd party risks, it's part of EU law.

You are moving to CH to become resident, it makes no difference that the job is for 1 year, you need to declare the car & don't need to register it in CH at all. I brought in a car I had owned for a week, kept it here for a year & exported it, no problem at all, I did however get the customs clearance certificate for 20 CHF.
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Re: Bring a Belgian car to Zurich for 1 year

We had insurance with Touring in Belgium and they covered the car for the time until we eventually imported it. It was just over a year for my car due to backlog of appointments in Neuchâtel when I eventually decided to import mine but I called them and they agreed to cover it for that time as I already had an appointed for the expertise so they knew it was only short term.
OH's car was covered by Touring for 8 months before he imported it here.

It may be tough to find an insurer in Belgium who will cover you for that time ( if your existing insurer doesn't) but it is possible.
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Re: Bring a Belgian car to Zurich for 1 year

Thanks! I'll visit my insurer and try to apply some pressure. I've been with them for 5 years without any incident, so maybe they will accept.

Thanks everyone.
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