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Yes, however the the correct country code is 'D', not 'DE'.

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Actually the country code for Germany is DE (see ISO 3166). D is used only on car registration plates
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Yes, however the the correct country code is 'D', not 'DE'.

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Is Delaware even a country in order to have a country code?

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Re: Neglected to declare German registered vehicle

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You have a year to register it PROVIDING you have done it properly and declared it at the time of the move, with the proper documentation and importation number (for which you have to pay a small admin fee). If you don't do it at the time, then that's it - you have to pay import tax.

in theory, but in reality its different.

i was here for well over a year, had my car on UK plates and only due to insurance issues registered it in CH. Went to the basel border office and filled in the paperwork, 20 mins later I was on my way. no questions asked, no problems encountered.
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Old 13.12.2011, 14:55
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Actually the country code for Germany is DE (see ISO 3166). D is used only on car registration plates
And snail-mail.

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Old 13.12.2011, 15:26
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hi everybody, today we made a trip to DE and on the way back we were stopped on border. the customs officer wants us to pay for our own car we had bought 3 years before we moved here!
we have never heard about it... never being stopped on any bourder during last 5 months saying this....only info we were told is we should have CH registration after a year...
does anyone have the same experience? do we heve to pay the custom when moving to CH for private things- itś like to pay for clouth, plates, iron, old TV....thanks for answers. zuzana
did you move with a moving company? With our move, among the pile of paperwork we had to fill out was the ones for the car. My mistake may have been that when we first entered the country, I didn't have the form and get it stamped, we didn't stop at all. But, when I went to the office in Zürich, they were very nice and getting the import papers were easy.

We then had to go to the Strassenverkehramt and get the equivalent of the German TüV done...(can't remember the Swiss initials, MFK or something). Then we got the Swiss plates in the mail (I think because we didn't have the insurance sorted out when going for the MFK) and I just handed in the German ones. They also sent the plates back to Germany and then our car was "automatically" de-registered there. All in all, not too painful. Hopefully you will be able to do this without having to pay import duty on an old car. Really strange.

As it goes, I have found the Swiss officials to be much more "human" and excepting that sometimes mistakes are made compared to German officials...
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Old 14.12.2011, 11:18
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Re: Neglected to declare German registered vehicle

See post #6 on this thread for details on the importation of cars. The swiss customs have recently clarified a few things.

Can my Swiss GF drive my UK registered car in Switzerland?

You can keep a foreign registered car for possibly up to 2 years (or more) if a foreign worker, intern, or student but you have to fill out a form at a swiss customs border post upon entering (form 15.30) and pay 25 chf.

If you formally import it for free circualation upon moving here, then it should be imported as part of your personal effects (form 18.44). There would be no customs duty applied if you had owned and used the car for 6 months prior to importation.

The important thing though is that you formally fill out all the paperwork upon entry, whichever one applies to your situation.
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