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Customs Lisence Plates (Z Plates)

I've been told that it would be possible for me to buy a car from EU and just drive it few months in EU customs plates here in Switzerland and that after this it would be possible for me to convert (without paying any duty) the EU customs plates into Swiss customs plates (or Z plates) for another two years if my stay here is only temporary.

Sounds great to me since it's possible that I'll be out of the country in two years and because at that point I would also be able to import the car to my home country duty-free. The only problem is that I'm not able to find any official documentation that backs this up. Anyone have any experience of an arrangement like this?
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Re: Customs Lisence Plates (Z Plates)

The "Foreign motor vehicles and motor vehicle drivers" leaflet issued by the Swiss customs says:

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The vehicles of immigrants can be admitted duty-free. However, the vehicle must have been used by the immigrant for at least six months (household effects) before the domicile is transferred to Switzerland. Otherwise, the undeclared vehicle can be used for a maximum of two years from the day of first entry. The authorisation required (form 15.30) costs CHF 25. Thereafter, either duty must be paid on the vehicle (customs duty, automobile duty and value added tax) or it must be re-exported.
So apparently I really can run the car undeclared for two years and then re-export it (or pay the duties). That leaflet says nothing about the lisence plates though...
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Old 04.04.2011, 00:14
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Re: Customs Lisence Plates (Z Plates)

The Z plates are when a car still has outstanding custom duties on it (Z for Zoll I presume). The previous poster's comment is really only relevant to cars brought in as personal items which never will have applicable custom duties (when it's been owned for more than 6 months). Anyway, I don't know the details about Z plates but from what I have read on here it is possible to delay the customs duty on foreign bought vehicles (that need to have VAT paid on them) somehow. Maybe even indefinitely if you plan to export with a certain amount of time. Best to check with the Strassenverksamt.
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Re: Customs Lisence Plates (Z Plates)

Z plates work as:

Import car as part of personal items when car was purchased within 3mths of move. Instead of paying duty on arrival you defer payment until 2 years later. You'll then pay duty after 2 years on the cars value (not the new cost) - aren't they kind!!!!

If you sell within 2 years the duty due is that of when the car was originally imported.
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Re: Customs Lisence Plates (Z Plates)

Thanks for your help digg and dodgyken. I visited the Strassenverksamt today and they confirmed that it is possible for me to import a car from EU (read Germany), run it on Swiss customs plates up to two years and then re-export it without paying any duties.
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