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Importing commercial vehicle

Hi,

Iím looking for some help regarding a vehicle import question, which I donít think, has been covered before. Iím well read up on the full import process now.

I have a UK registered VW transporter van, which was originally registered in the UK as commercial vehicle. Up until last year commercial vehicles sold in Europe did not require an EU Certificate of Conformance. They were sold under country specific docs and the UK VW one for my vehicle only includes weights and tyre sizes and not emissions or noise levels.

I need this EU CofC to get the van in for an MFK test. The Strassenverkehrsamt will not give me an appointment without the CofC document. The only option I seem to have is to get the main VAG site in Schinznach to check the emissions and noise against the Swiss regulations and give me paper work to satisfy the verkehsamt. This test though is nearly CHF 1,000.

While I donít obviously want to pay for this test Iíll probably swallow it to get the van imported. However Iím worried that the MFK will throw up some critical items that I canít resolve in which case Iíll need to get rid of the van, after having spent the cash getting the CofC and the MFK test done. I had owned the van for less than 6 months before moving here which limits my options.

Has anyone had a similar experience importing a commercial vehicle into Switzerland that was registered before 2011? Or can give me advice on how to get an MFK test carried out without a Certificate of Conformity document?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Importing commercial vehicle

Don't bother importing!!

That is the simple advice. Unless the van is tip-top perfect condition - it will fail the MFK - and will spend thousands getting it through.

In the end you'll have spent the same amount of money as it would cost to buy one here - and yours will be RHD and worth less.
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Re: Importing commercial vehicle

ooooo! DK you beat me to it!!

He's right... You won't go through without CoC and a LOT of hassle. You won't be able to sell it here without MFK easily so a bad circle...

If you've not brought it in through customs then don't as you've owned it for less than 6 months you will be VATed on it too! Sell it where it is and buy a replacement here...
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Re: Importing commercial vehicle

Thanks but unfortunately the van is most of the way down the import route. Import tax is paid, new lights fitted and cleaned, insurance ready and waiting. I just need a C of C so I can get an MFK carried out. Obtaining this document should have been straight forward for any VW vehicle except it would seem mine. I should have asked for the doc before I started this process.

If anyone has details for an inspection house who can carry out a noise and emmisions test for sensible money that would be great.

I have heard that this can be done at a place in MŁnchenstein for ~300CHF but I can't find any other details so far.
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Re: Importing commercial vehicle

oh wow! Kinda sorry to hear that

Did the SVK say with these things done they would look at it? 300 for that paperwork doesn't seem too bad. I'm afraid all my contacts don't deal in commercial or TUV testing they use the SVK themselves for certification.

I take it you are on your UK insurance still as you are waiting for the matriculation?
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Re: Importing commercial vehicle

Your biggest concern is more likely to be whether it passes the emissions test or not. From (I think) 1986 until Euro 3 (2000) Switzerland had tighter emission controls.

The attitude when I tried to import such a vehicle was along the line of "If your engines not on the list you're not coming in"

I was gutted.

What age is the vehicle?
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Its 2007 and VW mint condition.
Off to see a garage tomorrow who can hopefully help and get me in for an MFK test.
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Its 2007 and VW mint condition.
Off to see a garage tomorrow who can hopefully help and get me in for an MFK test.
I'm really surprised that there is no CoC - you don't have a model that was UK specific do you? Which engine is it?
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Re: Importing commercial vehicle

I can't believe there is no CoC either but I have checked and double checked. Commercial vehicles registered before 2011 were only required to have a country specifc document. For the UK this only included the weight and tyre sizes etc. The EU standard CoC was introduced for all commercial vehicles from 2011 onwards. If my van had been the crew cab version it would have had a CoC but mines just the standard van.
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