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Shipping car from US to Switzerland

Hi,
I will be moving to Zurich in a few months. I own a 2006 Saleen mustang and would like to bring it along with me. I have got shipping quote from a few shipping companies here is the US and would like to know if anyone out here has shipped their car to Zurich and knows of a reliable shipping company?
Also since this is my personal property and i have owned this car for a few years i heard that i will not be required to pay any import duties since it is considered personal property. Is this true? does anyone out here know what fees i might have to pay and if there and any changes i need to make to my car for it to be 'legal' in Switzerland?
I appreciate any input, thanks in advance.
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

No import duty but yes, you will have to make some expensive changes to the car to register it here.

Search the forum, as you might imagine, this has been discussed many times before
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

I just imported my CHevrolet Tahoe 1999

I am still driving around on USA plates (California)

When you find a shipper you will also have to pay custom duties and port charges. For me this came out on 800$(on top of the shipping). Even if you bring it in as part of your household you still have to pay a hefty number based on opening a "dossier". You WILL have to pay this at port of entry into Europe

I had it imported to Belgium and then drove it to Belgium.
The ONLY insurance I could find for USA plates is Diks verzekeringen in Holland (109 eu per 2 weeks all is done online) but valid in nearly all of Europe and it is only liability, I simply renew every 2 weeks

When you drive to CH you declare it at the border. If you get there after hours; They will give you a form and you go to Customs within 3 days(There are several in CH) They will then take the original title and the form you got at the border together with your attestation d'arrivé and stamp it.

After you passed that stage you will receive an invite from the inspection office. You will have a year to go and have it inspected. (I am not at that stage yet...)


COuple things before shipping.
1. Your tags must be valid for the year (YOu must have car inspected and imported before they expire so I suggest get the 2016 ones )

2. Your USA license must remain valid while on USA plates.


Also keep in mind since you have a saleen it might not be possible to get it easily imported. (many modifications) but you might talk to ford and get a list with all factory parts that have been replaced with Ford approved parts (Saleen is part of Ford right?)

Thats my experience so far. hope it helps you a bit.
I used shipper Berthels cars from Diest Belgium
http://www.berthelscars.be/
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

Swiss Customs Administration for "Moving (Household Effects) / Vehicles" at link below. The internal link to "Fact Sheet 15.50 section 4.3 looks useful:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Old 29.05.2015, 16:42
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

A car could fit in half a container. You may have to prove that it is truly your primary means of transportation, and not simply importing it for resale. So date of purchase, and length of ownership might be questioned. Otherwise, duty free.

If car adheres to California emission standards, it typically adheres to local standards. But check with authorities to make sure.
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

@anthony1406 Thank you for that, yeah i know i have to pay port charges etc i am more concerned about what 'modifications' if any i need to make to it,for me to be able to register it on Swiss plates and drive it in Switzerland. I know Saleen made modifications to the suspensions and brakes and added a superchrger to it along with a body kit which is all Ford Approved so like you said maybe i can get a list from Ford to prove that.
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A car could fit in half a container. You may have to prove that it is truly your primary means of transportation, and not simply importing it for resale. So date of purchase, and length of ownership might be questioned. Otherwise, duty free.

If car adheres to California emission standards, it typically adheres to local standards. But check with authorities to make sure.
My car was built in Califronia so im sure it adheres to Californias stringent rules for emission etc. im more concerned about getting it road worth in Zurich in terms of changes to car(if any) just to make sure i dont spend like $10K doing all this work.
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My car was built in Califronia so im sure it adheres to Californias stringent rules for emission etc. im more concerned about getting it road worth in Zurich in terms of changes to car(if any) just to make sure i dont spend like $10K doing all this work.
What is applicable in California is not necessarily applicable here, as you will soon find out, be warned !
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

you will have to change the lights, and you may have to change the tires. for sure you should expect to have to buy winter tires. your radio will receive only a small subset of the available stations, if you are one who opts for radio over iPod or CD. your GPS may not work, if the car has it. oh, and the Swiss tend to be extremely picky about noise, so you may need to modify the exhaust.

if you are moving to Switzerland longer term, I would move the car without hesitation - cars are ridiculously and unnecessarily expensive in Switzerland and you will definitely not find a Saleen. if you are only moving to Switzerland for a shorter period of time (less than 3 years), however, I would not bother unless you are willing to eat the 10-12,000 dollars it will cost you in shipping (both ways) and mods.

my 2 cents, for what they are worth. I moved a car to Europe just less than a year ago, the hardest part frankly has been navigating the paperwork and a bureaucracy that is not always 110% clearly defined (I did not move my car to Switzerland but the rules are generally the same). the likelihood of your finding a US Ford dealer who can assist you are slim to none, btw.
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you will have to change the lights, and you may have to change the tires. for sure you should expect to have to buy winter tires. your radio will receive only a small subset of the available stations, if you are one who opts for radio over iPod or CD. your GPS may not work, if the car has it. oh, and the Swiss tend to be extremely picky about noise, so you may need to modify the exhaust.

if you are moving to Switzerland longer term, I would move the car without hesitation - cars are ridiculously and unnecessarily expensive in Switzerland and you will definitely not find a Saleen. if you are only moving to Switzerland for a shorter period of time (less than 3 years), however, I would not bother unless you are willing to eat the 10-12,000 dollars it will cost you in shipping (both ways) and mods.

my 2 cents, for what they are worth. I moved a car to Europe just less than a year ago, the hardest part frankly has been navigating the paperwork and a bureaucracy that is not always 110% clearly defined (I did not move my car to Switzerland but the rules are generally the same). the likelihood of your finding a US Ford dealer who can assist you are slim to none, btw.
I am moving permanently to Switzerland(my fiance lives there and we are getting married, hence the move) that's why i am moving my car. And yes i know cars are ridiculously expensive and i wont find a Saleen that's why im willing to bear the costs(i expect 5-6k for transportation and making it legal to drive out there) im not really worried about the radio and navigation too much just the lights and other things that will keep me from legally driving it there I know winter tires are necessary but since it will be stored in my garage for the winter time i think my all weather Pirellis should be fine right? I have seen a few GT500's there and other cars that frankly sound a lot louder than my exhaust so im hoping that wont be an issue Thanks for your response i appreciate every bit of information fro you guys. Thanks so much.
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What is applicable in California is not necessarily applicable here, as you will soon find out, be warned !
Oh yes totally agree but im guessing since Cali is one of the strictest states in the US and it was built there and passed there i should not have many issues. Thats just my thought and i know that it wont be easy thats why im trying to get as much info before i move so i can be somewhat prepared Thanks again thought appreciate your input very much
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

The "US Car Club of Switzerland" website lists technical requirements when importing cars from the US. See section "Direktimport aus den USA":

http://uscc.ch/de/index.php?file=tec...on%20Autos#usa

This seems to be based on a section in a .pdf document from TCS (Touring Club of Switzerland) called "Direktimport Personenwagen".

If the German is difficult, copy and paste this section into an internet translator, e.g., Google.
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The "US Car Club of Switzerland" website lists technical requirements when importing cars from the US. See section "Direktimport aus den USA":

http://uscc.ch/de/index.php?file=tec...on%20Autos#usa

This seems to be based on a section in a .pdf document from TCS (Touring Club of Switzerland) called "Direktimport Personenwagen".

If the German is difficult, copy and paste this section into an internet translator, e.g., Google.
Thank you very much, i copy pasted that section in google and i think i got the jist of what they are saying. According to that text looks like my car should be good, its California compliant and should have all th appropriate stickers. Once again thank you for your input i greatly appreciate it
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

Sorry I just replied to your pm there is a bigish American car dealer in spreitenbach near Zurich who specialise in mustangs

You won't have to change the lights or tyres, anything not oem is a different matter, if it's spotted you'll have to replace it. My car failed on braided hoses recently even though they where far superior to the originals , computer said no so old crappy ones had to go back on
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

At a glance, the Saleen Mustangs are pretty heavily modified. It only matters what Ford thinks of these mods if Ford has done the paperwork to have them approved in Europe. Also, in some cases modifications are simply not approvable.

Try to find out first if a European CoC (Certificate of Conformity) has been issued for the Saleen modified vehicle. Maybe ask the Saleen corporation? If so, you very much need a copy. If not, you may well be SOL.
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Sorry I just replied to your pm there is a bigish American car dealer in spreitenbach near Zurich who specialise in mustangs

You won't have to change the lights or tyres, anything not oem is a different matter, if it's spotted you'll have to replace it. My car failed on braided hoses recently even though they where far superior to the originals , computer said no so old crappy ones had to go back on
I just replied back do you know the name i can have my fiance call them and talk to them and see what they say. She lives in Zurich so it would be easier for her to call and get the details. I have a aftermarket cold air intake and 40lb fuel injectors hopefully they wont spot the injectors but even if they do Saleen did put 40lb injectors on the same year of my car later in the year so i can always say its factory. other than than bone stock from Saleen and ford
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

http://www.us-performance-cars.ch

My docs specifically mention the top speed and it's limiter, no idea if / how they would test that. Anyway I'll email you the docs I have
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At a glance, the Saleen Mustangs are pretty heavily modified. It only matters what Ford thinks of these mods if Ford has done the paperwork to have them approved in Europe. Also, in some cases modifications are simply not approvable.

Try to find out first if a European CoC (Certificate of Conformity) has been issued for the Saleen modified vehicle. Maybe ask the Saleen corporation? If so, you very much need a copy. If not, you may well be SOL.
Hmm i dont think Saleen has a CoC specifically because they were not intended to be sold in europe. Im sure ford has CoC for the mustang GT that its based on but not specifically for the Saleen. i will contact Saleen and see what they say but im highly doubtful. Do you know for sure that this is needed. I know the supercharger used on my car is the same SC used on the Ford GT (saleen build those cars fr ford) other than that basic suspension ugrades brake upgrades and body kit.
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http://www.us-performance-cars.ch

My docs specifically mention the top speed and it's limiter, no idea if / how they would test that. Anyway I'll email you the docs I have
Much appreciated, thanks a ton.
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Re: Shipping car from US to Switzerland

Just a headsup, if you do import it make sure you buy a set of oem wheels in the USA (for winter tires) and tires, and lots of spares etc etc and fill the car up with them before you ship it, parts, even normal service parts, and many mutiple times more expensive here, eg just paid 32chf for an oil filter here that costs about 5chf in the UK.
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