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Guest 19.08.2011 23:21

Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Hi
A friend of mine needs some advice importing a car into Switzerland. I know there have been a few threads about this, but they don't quite cover this case.
Hold on it gets complicated!
The car is already in Switzerland, but on Czech plates and is taxed in the Czech republic. So now she wants to get Swiss plates as she is getting fed up with being stopped at the border.

My colleague wasn't sure if she would be staying long term in Switzerland so just kept the Czech plates. Now its been a year and she wants to make it official in Switzerland.
The car is in her fathers name, but she will get the ownership transferred.

Can she avoid paying import tax as the car is 3yrs old?

Whats the best way to get this done without any 'Swiss' complications!

Cheers.

fatmanfilms 20.08.2011 00:38

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
As the car is not hers & was not registered in her name for 6 months before coming to CH it's not tax exempt. It's more complicated to import as it's not being imported under the exemption. Is an IDENTICAL model officially imported to CH?


Quote:

Originally Posted by csi_basel (Post 1308153)
Hi
A friend of mine needs some advice importing a car into Switzerland. I know there have been a few threads about this, but they don't quite cover this case.
Hold on it gets complicated!
The car is already in Switzerland, but on Czech plates and is taxed in the Czech republic. So now she wants to get Swiss plates as she is getting fed up with being stopped at the border.

My colleague wasn't sure if she would be staying long term in Switzerland so just kept the Czech plates. Now its been a year and she wants to make it official in Switzerland.
The car is in her fathers name, but she will get the ownership transferred.

Can she avoid paying import tax as the car is 3yrs old?

Whats the best way to get this done without any 'Swiss' complications!

Cheers.


Guest 20.08.2011 00:48

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fatmanfilms (Post 1308210)
As the car is not hers & was not registered in her name for 6 months before coming to CH it's not tax exempt. It's more complicated to import as it's not being imported under the exemption. Is an IDENTICAL model officially imported to CH?


Yes, its a BMW 3 series.

fatmanfilms 20.08.2011 01:09

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by csi_basel (Post 1308220)
Yes, its a BMW 3 series.

Has an IDENTICAL spec model been imported, nearly the same does not count.

If not then testing will be very complicated & expensive.

Anthony1406 20.08.2011 01:23

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
i just did this.
you need to get a certificate of conformity from a swiss bmw gargage (can take up to 14 days) and the emmissions test paperyou need all the paperwork from day1 of the car.

you need a salescontract(even is the car is free, just put an acceptable value on it otherwise they will do it for you.
Then you go to the big building in basel and get all the import papers (with the coc, first inscription, contract, proof of ownership of the owner. )

pay the duties (I paid 21% 2 weeks ago f the total price...) then with that you go and get emissions taken care off (any garage will do it) with all that you make an appointment at the inspection (make sure the car is spotless , even under the hood) pass that, pay again, call your iunsurance (swiss one) and get your plates (pay again) hand in your old plates and you are good to go.

ullainga 20.08.2011 19:38

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fatmanfilms (Post 1308210)
As the car is not hers & was not registered in her name for 6 months before coming to CH it's not tax exempt.

Yes, it is if she was the user. See Customs website: http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

question 17: My car has been used by me for more than six (6) months but the papers of the vehicle are in the name of my father/ mother/ employer. How do I proceed?

Answer is in German, but says that you need a get a written confirmation from the owner that you have been the main user.

Guest 26.08.2011 15:21

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
So even if she transfers ownership to herself and then waits 6 months - she will still have to pay import tax + vat (about 11%). This is unfair as the car when bought in the EU already had VAT added to it. :msnshock:

Is there any way to import without having to pay the taxes?

Cheers

st2lemans 26.08.2011 15:28

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by csi_basel (Post 1315909)
Is there any way to import without having to pay the taxes?

How long was the car owned and used by her before moving here?

Less than 6 months, then the answer is no.

Tom

st2lemans 26.08.2011 15:31

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by csi_basel (Post 1315909)
So even if she transfers ownership to herself and then waits 6 months - she will still have to pay import tax + vat (about 11%). This is unfair as the car when bought in the EU already had VAT added to it.

The Swiss don't care if she paid VAT in another country for it or not, it has nothing to do with them.

You import something into Switzerland, then normally you pay Swiss VAT, regardless of whether or not you have paid VAT to another country.

All countries work this way.

Tom

herc82 26.08.2011 15:34

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 1315925)
The Swiss don't care if she paid VAT in another country for it or not, it has nothing to do with them.

You import something into Switzerland, then normally you pay Swiss VAT, regardless of whether or not you have paid VAT to another country.

All countries work this way.

Tom

Depends - has the OP already imported personal effects under an 18.44 form?? IF NOT - that's your chance. You can import your personal belongings up to 18 months after initially entering (not sure about the legal definition) Switzerland, including the car, tax free.

If you have already done so and not added the car on the final form, then it does get more complicated, depending on the mood of customs usually.

Guest 26.08.2011 16:58

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Right, but if you are the owner for more than 6 months, are you still liable for the import taxes?? :confused:

Thanks.

st2lemans 26.08.2011 17:06

Re: Importing a car thats already in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by csi_basel (Post 1316052)
Right, but if you are the owner for more than 6 months, are you still liable for the import taxes?? :confused:

Thanks.

The important thing is that you owned it 6 months before you move here, not six months before you import it!

Tom


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