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Old 08.05.2011, 00:38
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Auto/Moto registration

I am planning to bring over my motorcycle in Zurich from Romania (EU but not in Schengen).
I would like to delay as much as possible converting the driver licence and registration (to postpone the import taxes as we might join Schengen very soon)

Probably this was discussed but couldn't locate it so far.
Basically I am interested in:

- for how long can be used a foreign car without registering it with the canton authority?
- which are the required taxes for import?

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Old 08.05.2011, 01:04
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Re: Auto/Moto registration

Another piece of info I found:

"Cars and motorcycles imported from Europe may be brought in tax-free provided proof of origin can be presented."

and also

"No import duty will be charged on a vehicle owned for more than six months. A clearance request form (available from customs) must be completed."

Mine is from Japan but was imported (and used) 5 years ago in Romania (EU).

Anyone who went through this can confirm the above?

Another twist is that it is registered on a company (Romanian)... not sure how will this fit.

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Old 08.05.2011, 07:48
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Re: Auto/Moto registration

Well, based on my research on this so far you can drive it for one year here before needing to register it. If you owned it for more than 6 months, you don't pay import taxes.

After one year you need to change your driver's license to a swiss one. If you change it before the year is up, it's a matter of filing some papers; if you do it later, you need to take the swiss test.

Reg. the company registration, technically you're not allowed to drive a foreign registered car in CH when you're a resident. Of course this is not an absolute rule, e.g. you ARE allowed to drive YOUR car for one year on foreign plates, then you need to registed it here. Other exceptions may exist. And yes, if this sounds like a stupid rule, I completely agree

I would say in your case the first thing would be to buy the motorcycle so it's registered in your name. Then in one year you can register it here free of import tax
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Re: Auto/Moto registration

Thx jmf for the details.
What you suggest is probably best.

It is a bit confusing the rule that you can drive your vehicle on foreign plates. I've found places that insist you have to register it if you are a resident.

Probably I will just rent for weekend rides as city drive is no fun for me.
Did a brief calculation and the insurance, service, ... are about the same as renting for a coupe of weekends. Plus I have the chance to try each time different bikes. Just that I know mine is sleeping back home
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Re: Auto/Moto registration

One thing I found out while searching through this forum: the import exempt is valid only if the 6 months ownership were BEFORE registering in Switzerland.

So doing it now does not help

Best to ask the customs office directly for a solution.
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