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car duty to avoid?

Moving to Switzerland from NL in a few weeks – starting a new job. We have a brand new (1 month old) car, which we will bring with us. I understand that a 12% duty will be applied once the car is registered in Switzerland. Is it possible not to register it for while to wait until it ages to 6 months, when the duty won’t be applied? We will be commuting back to NL on the weekends anyway until we find some permanent place to live.

Would appreciate a valuable (12%!) advice.
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Old 01.07.2011, 12:43
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Re: car duty to avoid?

simple answer is no, you have to have owned the car for 6 months before your permit date, if one of you doesn't register that still won't work as your permit dates will be sync'ed to the date of the first person to arrive.
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Re: car duty to avoid?

Arrive
Declare car
Ask for Z-plates
Stay on Z-plates for 2 years
Pay duty after 2 years

You will be charged duty on the value of the car when it is then 2 years old.

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Re: car duty to avoid?

where do you get the z-plates? this is through customs or the cantonal DMV?
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Re: car duty to avoid?

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Specific cases
In certain situations dependent upon your status, you are exempt from import duty and VAT. Such is the case for
  • Import for marriage trousseau: the car is considered part of the goods acquired for use by a newly married couple
So marry and will have many advantages.
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Re: car duty to avoid?

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In certain situations dependent upon your status, you are exempt from import duty and VAT. Such is the case for
  • Import for marriage trousseau: the car is considered part of the goods acquired for use by a newly married couple
So marry and will have many advantages.
That won't work, I've asked the authorities about this. Unless you're joining a spouse who is already in Switzerland, that is.

The simple answer is to show up at the import office. The bureaucrat will tell you Z-plates for 2 years, saving you tax on the depreciation.
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Old 03.07.2011, 14:17
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Re: car duty to avoid?

They may have trouble insuring it without it being imported now....
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The bureaucrat will tell you Z-plates for 2 years, saving you tax on the depreciation.
I was quoted 100% surcharge for insurance with z plates.
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Re: car duty to avoid?

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In certain situations dependent upon your status, you are exempt from import duty and VAT. Such is the case for
  • Import for marriage trousseau: the car is considered part of the goods acquired for use by a newly married couple
So marry and will have many advantages.
Not so simple!!

Read the 18.45 or 18.46 form with attention because they will be veeeery picky. (forms available in official switzerland website).
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Re: car duty to avoid?

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Arrive
Declare car
Ask for Z-plates
Stay on Z-plates for 2 years
Pay duty after 2 years

You will be charged duty on the value of the car when it is then 2 years old.

Easy
Also note:
You will have higher insurance cost, approximatively 30%.
In 2 years the value of the car will be based on the "estimation" made by an official dealer in Switzerland. Meaning one will probably have to pay them for that document and the value of the car might be quite more expensive in Switzerland.

Example:
Bob import a nissan whatever which costed 15000chf abroad. In 2 years, the duty will be based on the swiss estimation of the car value, probably higher. Maybe it will worth "16000chf" even though it should have devaluated!

So even in 2 years it might be more pricey!!!!
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Old 03.07.2011, 20:40
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Re: car duty to avoid?

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You will have higher insurance cost, approximatively 30%.
In 2 years the value of the car will be based on the "estimation" made by an official dealer in Switzerland. Meaning one will probably have to pay them for that document and the value of the car might be quite more expensive in Switzerland.

Example:
Bob import a nissan whatever which costed 15000chf abroad. In 2 years, the duty will be based on the swiss estimation of the car value, probably higher. Maybe it will worth "16000chf" even though it should have devaluated!

So even in 2 years it might be more pricey!!!!
And everybody was telling me imported cars are worth significantly less on another thread!
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And everybody was telling me imported cars are worth significantly less on another thread!
Maybe imported cars worth less- If let's say a Swiss person knows it's "imported" and will try to bargain lower price.

But for "customs", it will be like I said-
Unless if there's a "workaround" such as "getting that evaluation document" from abroad- I don't know, it might work.
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Re: car duty to avoid?

Can Import Duty be Avoided by having the vehicle registered in a Family / friends name back home and have you insured on it as a named driver, with cover for european states inc Switzerland?

I am thinking of doing this on a Motorbike from the UK...

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Can Import Duty be Avoided by having the vehicle registered in a Family / friends name back home and have you insured on it as a named driver, with cover for european states inc Switzerland?

I am thinking of doing this on a Motorbike from the UK...

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Wow - brilliant. And what happens if you have an accident and the insurance find out that you were the main driver - and that you have been riding/driving outside of the country beyond the limit of the green card?
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Re: car duty to avoid?

Yes and no...

Yes but most EU policies you have only a limited time for travel or it gets super expensive. Plus the car / bike is not stored at the registered address to the registered keeper so would void the policy if they found out..i.e if it got nicked or anything happened. One also, I suspect, stands a change of being prosecuted for false information fraud in an un-truthful claim

Good idea otherwise in theory and awesome for the pesky speed cameras etc!!! lol

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Wow - brilliant. And what happens if you have an accident and the insurance find out that you were the main driver - and that you have been riding/driving outside of the country beyond the limit of the green card?
Awwwwww DK... you beat me to it whilst I was sipping my coffee and ambling my reply LOL
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Re: car duty to avoid?

and the duty is 4%, not 12%. The 12% are VAT (7.6%) + Duty
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Re: car duty to avoid?

Yes - I knew it would be a flawed idea, too many holes to be water tight indeed. I would not want to risk any claims to be void by the factors I mentioned, so best forget that question.

To be honest I have heard / read on here (motorbike importing thread) you can postpone the payment of Duty up to the expiry date of your permit, allowing a bit of a breathing space if funds aren't unlimited. Ok the vehicle will be given Z Plates - but if it saves the Importer the pain of 8-12% duties being paid in one go - then may be ots worth while.

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Yes - I knew it would be a flawed idea, too many holes to be water tight indeed. I would not want to risk any claims to be void by the factors I mentioned, so best forget that question.

To be honest I have heard / read on here (motorbike importing thread) you can postpone the payment of Duty up to the expiry date of your permit, allowing a bit of a breathing space if funds aren't unlimited. Ok the vehicle will be given Z Plates - but if it saves the Importer the pain of 8-12% duties being paid in one go - then may be ots worth while.

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As long as it is insured by a UK company... which if you're not a UK resident you can't do anymore.

Or there might be some new legislation arriving soon that I'm finding out about today with liability cover purchased from customs and all the other risks taken by guys like us.
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Yes - I knew it would be a flawed idea, too many holes to be water tight indeed. I would not want to risk any claims to be void by the factors I mentioned, so best forget that question.

To be honest I have heard / read on here (motorbike importing thread) you can postpone the payment of Duty up to the expiry date of your permit, allowing a bit of a breathing space if funds aren't unlimited. Ok the vehicle will be given Z Plates - but if it saves the Importer the pain of 8-12% duties being paid in one go - then may be ots worth while.

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Sorry I meant to state that the Total Costs to import a vehicle are approximately given at 12% all in... from Duty, to VAT and other extras...

May be I should not state any figure at all as I'm just going on what I have read elsewhere, but this is the BIBLE Guide here:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...prungmarke3_18


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