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Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

Hello good people of english forum.

In the coming weeks, I will be leaving Switzerland to go to the Netherlands with my family. I have been following advice from a senior member mgosia and her advice on her recent thread. But I have a specific query that perhaps others may be able to help with.



My family and I are not willing to take the flights in the current COVID situation and would prefer to drive. I currently own a 2002 BMW e46 320D here in Switzerland. It has been working fine and I suppose it will for another few thousand kms. While I would love to take it with me, the road tax in Netherlands on old diesel is just too high to keep it running. I looked at rental options but one-way rentals are turning out to be over 1k.



So I thought instead of getting export plates for my car, driving it to the Netherlands and disposing it there legally. I have asked at the customs in Netherlands and the customs in Switzerland and in short, none of them have an issue with me doing so. I have also asked a vehicle disposal agency in the Netherlands and they have confirmed me over email that they do take and dispose off cars with foreign license plates.



I am just afraid that it may not be this simple and I am overlooking something. Do any of you have any experience of doing something like this? Would it be an issue to drive through Germany with Swiss export plates without importing the car into the EU? Or do you have any advice on how to perhaps optimize the cost while keeping the hassle of travelling in this strange COVID situation to a minimum?
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

Um, do you have Swiss plates on it?... Drive it on Swiss plates and insurance, then send the plates back?
Then dispose of it. I suppose you could register it as Dutch and sell it for something, without having to pay any tax if you don't use it on the road?
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

OP, inform yourself about "ExportSchilder", see here, they're probably what you need.

The car must be registered in ZH. No need to return the plates, they're valid one month. You probably want to explicitly ask about de-registering/moving abroad, and whether that's Ok - should be but better make sure. You should expect costs of around 300 CHF including plates, carte gris / Fahrzeugausweis, fees, and insurance.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

Thank you for your answers. The car is currently registered in Basel and has Swiss plates. The idea suggested by Urs Max is what I had in mind in terms of exporting.



The only worry is that I will not be importing it anywhere after exporting it and driving it to the Netherlands on the export plates.



I might try to sell/exchange it for another car in the Netherlands. But I do not want to get my hopes up as diesels are really frowned upon there (from taxes point of view).
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

I still don't see why you don't just drive it there on Swiss plates but up to you entirely.
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I still don't see why you don't just drive it there on Swiss plates but up to you entirely.

I want to avoid the hassle of coming back to cancel the grey card and the insurance and postage costs. Or do I misunderstand this part and is it just direct and simple.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

Why not contact https://www.ikwiljouwautokopen.nl/wi...-autos/export/ and sell the car in NL
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Why not contact https://www.ikwiljouwautokopen.nl/wi...-autos/export/ and sell the car in NL

Thanks for the link BasP72. I had this option in mind as well but did not look it up. I also thought that I might exchange it at a Dutch garage when buying a new one.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

Would it be allowed to drive the car to Netherlands on the Swiss regular plates, and the come back with number plates and the grey paper? I see many saying that export plates are necessary
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Re: Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not importing

I have some personal experience of this, because we took our Swiss-registered car (also a BMW E46, in fact ) to Luxembourg when we moved there.

Note that in order not to pay Customs duty on the car, you need to declare it as part of your household goods when you move to the Netherlands.

But apart from the Customs part, it was really easy. Just went to the Luxembourg car registration place - I think they took care of the grey paper, and cancelled it / sent it back to Switzerland. Then I simply popped the Swiss number plates into a package, posted it back to the Strassenverkehrsamt/SNA, and shortly afterwards I got a refund of the remaining Swiss road tax etc.

There is definitely no need to come back to Switzerland to deal with the formalities, and definitely NO NEED FOR EXPORT PLATES!!! The lady at the SNA in Nyon (i.e the Strassenverkehrsamt) looked at me as if I was a lunatic when I asked her about export plates. I think they're only necessary if you're exporting the car to Africa or whatever. But within the EU, your car inusrance and everything else is valid, so just keep your Swiss plates until you're ready to re-register the car in the Netherlands.

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