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Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

What is the best way to speed up this import process and reduce it to 4 days?

- Zoll/Customs Zollpapiere (Form. 13.20 A) (Stamm-Nummer + Mwst + )
=> Get 1 to 4 day temp/plates Zürich/Winterthur (Form to get temp/plates)
http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...E_TAAW1011.pdf

=> Abgastest und Dokument (Jaguar Garage)
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At the MFK (If passed the car inspection) inspector will fill among other papers the Prüfbericht/Test report and the Formular/Form 13.20 A.
=> With that get the
Versicherungsnachweises/Insurance papers
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Finally get the Swiss plates!

1.2.6 Nötige Unterlagen bei der Prüfung:

Zum Prüfungstermin sind folgende Papiere mitzubringen:
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EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung
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Zollpapiere (Form. 13.20 A)
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Abgasdokument
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Ausländische Fahrzeugpapiere (falls Fahrzeug bereits im Verkehr stand)

This is an Official site from the Kanton Basel:
http://www.baselland.ch/import-2-htm.304226.0.html#2.

I forgot to say that this baby has:

- Valid 2010 California E.P.A. und Smog/Emissions Inspection


- Jaguar USA "Certificate of Conformity (COC-Zertifikat) = (EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung)"

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Halogen headlamps

- Km/H and MPH speedometer

- Orange side blinkers

Those above perhaps comply with Swiss rules.

Are there any modifications this car could have to do?

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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

It doesn't matter so much whether the headlamps are Halogen, the question is whether they meet EU specs. If you look at them, you might see a an EU label, which case you are probably good. If not you may be in trouble.

In any case, 4 days for everything is probably optimistic, and I would seriously consider planning to have it on US plates for a bit.
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It doesn't matter so much whether the headlamps are Halogen, the question is whether they meet EU specs. If you look at them, you might see a an EU label, which case you are probably good. If not you may be in trouble.

In any case, 4 days for everything is probably optimistic, and I would seriously consider planning to have it on US plates for a bit.
yeah 6 months minimum....
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- Valid 2010 California E.P.A. und Smog/Emissions Inspection


- Jaguar USA "Certificate of Conformity (COC-Zertifikat) = (EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung)"

Who cares, this is Switzerland, partly dependant on EU legislation.
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yeah 6 months minimum....
Why 6 month?
A friend of mine imported a Mustang and did it in less than a month.
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Why 6 month?
A friend of mine imported a Mustang and did it in less than a month.
to avoid paying duties you need to be the owner of the car for min 6 months
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Who cares, this is Switzerland, partly dependant on EU legislation.
Apparentelly you have not read the Swiss official site where it states clearly that a valid E.P.A. Emissions inspection (especially from California) is highly respected by Swiss MFK officials and can avoid other expensive tests.
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yeah 6 months minimum....
Thanks Jaro I will look. If it say US you talking about modifying the whole kit or substituting just the lamps?
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to avoid paying duties you need to be the owner of the car for min 6 months
Jaro, yes, I understand, but I will pay the duties (no big deal) and the car will be legal from day one which looks positive to Swiss officials and makes things a lot easier for all.
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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

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Who cares, this is Switzerland, partly dependant on EU legislation.
If you know German this will enlighten you:

1. Direktimport mit "EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung"
1.1 EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung

Die EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung [Muster 1 und Muster 2] - auch Certificate of Conformity (COC-Zertifikat) genannt - ist ein Dokument, welches bescheinigt, dass das ausgewiesene Fahrzeug eine Europäische Typenprüfung bestanden hat und somit sämtliche Europäischen Vorschriften erfüllt.

Die Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung muss die in der Richtlinie 70/156/EWG definierten Mindestangaben enthalten und ist nur gültig, wenn sie vom Fahrzeughersteller ausgestellt, gestempelt und unterschrieben ist.

Vorsicht: Bestätigungen von Vertriebsorganisationen, Verkaufsstellen, ausländischen Import- oder Exportbetrieben etc. können nicht anerkannt werden.

Die ersten EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigungen wurden gegen Ende 1995 erstellt. Für ältere Fahrzeuge gibt es keine derartigen Dokumente. Das Vorgehen beim Import richtet sich in diesen Fällen nach 2. Direktimport ohne "EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung".



1.2 Vorgehensweise beim Import:

Schritt für Schritt vom Fahrzeugkauf im Ausland bis zur Zulassung des Fahrzeuges in Ihrem Wohnortkanton .

1.2.1 Fahrzeugkauf:

Erkundigen Sie sich beim Verkäufer, ob für das betreffende Fahrzeug eine EU-Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung vorhanden ist.
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Häufig kann beim Fahrzeughersteller oder dem Fahrzeugimporteur im Land der ersten Zulassung gegen eine kleine Gebühr ein Exemplar bestellt werden
Wenn eine EU-Übereinstimmung vorhanden ist, lassen Sie sich vertraglich zusichern, dass diese mit dem Fahrzeug ausgeliefert wird.
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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

I believe that the US and EU have headlight requirements sufficiently different that manufacturers often have different headlamp reflectors/assemblies. When this happens it is necessary to switch the these reflectors. The cost to switch is probably small compared to the import taxes on a new Jag, but large compared to switching out bulbs. Also, ordering parts will take time. In some nightmare cases the EU parts don't fit on the US front end and additional things must be changed.

If you are set on importing it, it is good to try to figure out what you can ahead of time. However, I'm not sure that there is a good way to determine for sure what the inspectors will say before they see the car. Then they might require some change triggering delays while parts are ordered.

So, if you plan ahead and everything goes well, it just might go through in 4 days. However, I wouldn't rely on going so smoothly. If you are really serious about getting it done quickly, you might try to find a border garage/dealer with experience importing Jaguars and elicit (i.e. pay for) their help and advice in ensuring a smooth import.

Good luck!
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I believe that the US an EU have headlight requirements sufficiently different that manufacturers often have different headlamp reflectors/assemblies. !
Thank you Thomas. That is the idea do some of the work before the car gets here. :-)

Which does not mean Swiss officials will not make it difficult!
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Importing American Vehicles into Switzerland Successful discussions between officials from US Embassy, Bern and the Swiss Federal Office for Police Matters have led to new procedures which will greatly facilitate the importation of American - made cars, sport-utility vehicles and mini-vans.


After the car arrives in Switzerland, the sole testing requirement is a noise test, which can be performed at one of four testing stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Geneva, and Ticino, for Sfr 240.



For model year 1995 and thereafter, the EPA label on all US-manufactured passenger cars will satisfy Swiss exhaust emission standards, with the exception of some vehicles that bear the EPA light-duty truck label.



These are classified under the most stringent Swiss and EU exhaust emission standards. Parking lights and turning signals, should conform to Swiss standards, the speedometer must indicate Km/Hr, tires should conform to the top speed of the vehicle, and windshields must be laminated.



The owner is also responsible for providing certain data on the engine and dimensions of the car. Apart from these requirements, no additional testing is required.


In October, 1995, legislation was passed that enabled EU approved vehicles to be more easily imported into Switzerland for both personal use and public sale, with no further testing or special procedures other than the normal road worthiness inspection. In response, the US Embassy began discussions with the Swiss to secure the same unfettered market access for US-made automobiles.



After several discussions, including some involving representatives of the US auto manufacturers, an agreement was reached easing provisions for direct import of US manufactured/standard automobiles by private persons residing in Switzerland.



Under the new regulations, it will be much easier for a Swiss citizen or resident to import a US-manufactured car.
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Importing American Vehicles into Switzerland .
Looks like I am in luck! The 1995 Jaguar XJS CV4 6 cylinder is manufactured by Ford!
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Looks like I am in luck! The 1995 Jaguar XJS CV4 6 cylinder is manufactured by Ford!
But the car dates back to the 18th century - with parts from British Leyland - a company whose employees made Stalin look right wing.

I understand people wanting to bring their cars with them - but a 15 year old XJS - forget it.

Sell it in the US and buy something in Switzerland. You'll save a lot of hassle, time and money.
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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

I imported an XJS from the UK (yonks ago)(it was love, not common sense) and the garage there posted out a set of the correct headlamps. A Jag garage here then installed it and cleaned the engine etc to make it look shiny and new and Swiss. The MFK was a doddle as the model had been "Typengeprüft".

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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

AFAIK the US headlights point straight forward, mainland europe points to the right so thsose would need to be changed
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I have to agree, I had the v12 and they weren't great cars new, at 15 years old the BL parts bin will be pretty slim. Especially for a US spec car
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I have to agree, I had the v12 and they weren't great cars new, at 15 years old the BL parts bin will be pretty slim. Especially for a US spec car
The 6 wasn't a giant leap forward in economy terms over the 12 - and the 12 made Oliver Reed look like he drank in moderation. The 6 is, as far as I recall, a Jaguar engine dating from the early 80s in 3.6 form - and then enlarged a decade later.

The XJS dates back to the mid-70s - with development starting a few years beforehand. They are great cars to look at - they are, in hindsight, reasonably stylish - but they are not good cars.

You'll need to find a Jaguar specialist in Switzerland - and with car maintenance costs as high as they are over here - an old Jaguar is not an economical proposition UNLESS you have deep pockets.

On that note - I almost bought a Daimler Double Six a couple of years back - and I'd still be tempted to - but I'm completely loopy and get all nostalgic looking at that era of Jag.
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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

I think it's a great idea and you should just get on and do it.

This way i can look forward to another post about how nasty the Swiss are when they apply their rules, how much everything costs and isn't life better back home thread.
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