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Declaring EU car

Hello all,

I think I made (quite a big?) mistake and need advice:
I entered Switzerland with my personal car (registered in Sweden) last Sunday
and I did not declare it as I was missing the Vehicle registration certificate, the thing is this document is in the moving truck that will arrive on October 10th (been delayed)... That's the stupid mistake I made, this document was supposed to be in my car.

If you were me, what would you do? Should I call the customs to tell them or should I just wait and declare the car once I have the document?
Note that I already started the registration process for the B-permit in my commune on Thursday.

Thanks in advance!

Aurel
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Re: Declaring EU car

I declared mine a week or two after bringing it to Switzerland. I wouldn't worry about it, not until you get a residency permit anyhow.
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Old 11.10.2018, 10:46
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Re: Declaring EU car

First: Calm done.
Second: This is Switzerland, not Italy. No need to worry that much.
Third: Once you have the papers go to the nearest customs office or border crossing (Adresses: https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-hours.html )
and follow the need steps as outlined here to get your Form 13.20A (if you have owned the car for more than 6 months prior the move) or Form 15.30 (if you had owned the car less than 6 months prior the move):

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ts--etc--.html

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...es--cars-.html

Other question you have to ask yourself if you should use the car while you do not have the registration papers. Although the fine is only CHF 20, a small fender bender and lot of administrative trouble may begin.
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Re: Declaring EU car

Agree with aSwissInTheUS

I imported a car from the EU after 2 months in Switzerland. Had it registered in the country of purchase on temp plates and drove it to CH.

I was following guidelines on how to import a car that I had received from my place of work so did not even bother to check the official instructions. It turned out that the guidelines were missing the important fact that I should register the car at the border to get a lot of nice paperwork with me to use later.

I just made an appointment with the customs office in Geneva to get the car registered for the technical control. And when the friendly lady asked for the custom forms, I just looked blankly at her. Laughing, she told me to go back to the border, register the car, get the paperwork done and come back.

No problems at all.

However, I think you might need your permit before you can start the registration process. At least that is what I was told (did not check this since I imported the car 2 months after I moved to CH, so already had my permit).
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However, I think you might need your permit before you can start the registration process.
Most likely. But there is no rush or time pressure from the Swiss side. Once the customs part is done, and you have your Form 13.20A you have up to a year starting from the date you became a Swiss resident to handle the registration part and getting Swiss plates.

See ASA directive 1 https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/
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First: Calm done.
Second: This is Switzerland, not Italy. No need to worry that much.
Third: Once you have the papers go to the nearest customs office or border crossing (Adresses: https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-hours.html )
and follow the need steps as outlined here to get your Form 13.20A (if you have owned the car for more than 6 months prior the move) or Form 15.30 (if you had owned the car less than 6 months prior the move):

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ts--etc--.html

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...es--cars-.html

Other question you have to ask yourself if you should use the car while you do not have the registration papers. Although the fine is only CHF 20, a small fender bender and lot of administrative trouble may begin.
Thanks for the answers. I went to Zollinspektorat and of course they told me I am not allowed to drive my car until I have the papers.
Now that I have the papers in hands I can clear my car through the customs (actually Zollinspektorat can do it).
Now I can relax
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Re: Declaring EU car

I filled "Application/customs declaration for clearance of household effects" (and payed the 20CHF fine) and received 13.20A with these fields filled: Marke und Typ, Fahrgestell-Nr. and Stammnummer. Does it mean that the vehicle can stay on foreign plates for 12 months from the date listed on the form and during this period no further action is required? I got confused by customs officer, who told me that 12 month period only applies to the driving license, not the plates. Thanks
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Re: Declaring EU car

my bad ...for 12 months from the date listed on the permit...
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I filled "Application/customs declaration for clearance of household effects" (and payed the 20CHF fine) and received 13.20A with these fields filled: Marke und Typ, Fahrgestell-Nr. and Stammnummer. Does it mean that the vehicle can stay on foreign plates for 12 months from the date listed on the form and during this period no further action is required? I got confused by customs officer, who told me that 12 month period only applies to the driving license, not the plates. Thanks
The car needs Swiss plates 12 months from the date you imported the car.

As a driver you need a Swiss driving license 12 months from the date you became a Swiss resident.

Arrange the needed formalities earlier. Because if you miss the deadline you can either not legally drive the car, or no cars at all till you have Swiss plates or a Swiss license. No need to swap at the same time but it might save you a trip to the StVA/SAN when you do both at the same time.

See also ASA directive 1 https://asa.ch/it/biblioteca-online/direttive/
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