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Export car to non-EU country (2)

Dear members, may I have please your advice on the following. I want to sell the car to my friend to non-EU country, who comes here and will pick up the car. Since he is my friend, I will help with all formalities until the CH border. There have been several threads recently on auto exports but I still have a couple of questions.

1) At what stage shall we do sales contract to simplify the export procedure? Probably it will be easier if I declare the car for export myself and do all export formalities up to the border. Or should it be done earlier because in certain export documents must be buyer’s name?
2) Insurance. As I understand, my insurance will be canceled. Shall I arrange the new green card with insurance company here or the buyer shall somehow get it?

Then export steps (please correct me if I’m wrong):
1) Check your customs point on border crossing and brokers’ working hours. https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home...ngszeiten.html. Make an appointment or just come within working hours?
2) Go to Strassenverkehrsamt and get export plates (documents needed: grey card, passport, driving license, Betriebssicherheitsbestätigung – I had MFK in May, so will check if this one is needed). Info and documents for Zug are here: https://www.zg.ch/behoerden/sicherhe...-und-formulare
3) Drive to the customs and follow procedures with broker/authorities.

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Export plates come with liability insurance and green card. You will not need a Betriebssicherheitsbestätigung when the last MFK was less than 2 years ago (In some cases even a longer period is possible). Export plates are valid until the end of the month. The export plates should be in the name of the person driving the car abroad.

Some of the Green Card countries might be excluded. In this case your friend would need a frontier insurance in the respective countries.
https://www.nbi-ngf.ch/pdf/muster_gr...e_20070801.pdf
https://www.nbi-ngf.ch/en/nvb/dokume...eltungsbereich

You should show up at customs during commercial hours. Also check the opening hours of the EU border posts.

It is best when export and import papers are all in the buyers name. Which means you will need a sales contract when you declare the vehicle for Export at the Swiss customs post.

For Swiss side see also:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

I think you do not need an export agent for exporting from Switzerland. The procedure and paperwork is pretty simple. Also not sure if you need an import agent for importing into the EU.
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Many thanks!



Why do I need to know opening hours of the EU border posts, if I drive to non-EU country? Do I have to declare it anyway in the country of transit (Germany)?
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Re: Export car to non-EU country (2)

What I also learned is that an exporter must pay a deposit of 30% on Swiss border in cash. When and who will return the deposit is still unclear. Unfortunately neither customs nor agents could not answer this question. Maybe somebody here had an experience? Thanks
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What I also learned is that an exporter must pay a deposit of 30% on Swiss border in cash.
Swiss border or EU border?
Does not make any sense to pay the Swiss when you export.
But it make sense to pay a collateral to the EU if you transit.

You may have a look into ATA Carnet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATA_Carnet
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So, I did it and will share information, which might be helpful for others.

In general case T1 transit declaration is required for goods, which are in transit through EU. In this case, you have to pay 30% of the price cash as a collateral at German customs (I presume amount might be different in other countries as 30% is made from 19% German VAT and 10% import tax) and will receive it back once the car is custom cleared at destination. ATA carnet could also be an option.

All the export agents, which I asked, said that T1 form is absolutely necessary and they can do it for a fee. Considering their fee for T1 is double of what they ask for Swiss export declaration (elektronische Zollanmeldung), I understand them.

I didn’t like the idea of collateral because it is not clear who, when, how and in which currency will return it. So, I decided to give a call to German customs and, surprisingly enough, both central help desk and customs at the Swiss/German border said that I don’t have to declare the car and can simply drive through the border because I don’t domicile in EU.

All in all, I arranged an export agent which also did T1 declaration (otherwise they didn’t want to proceed with Swiss export formalities and I was OK to pay them reasonable fee for not doing it myself as it requires some preparation and time).

At the border I received stamp from Swiss customs and went to German customs with T1 form to confirm that I don’t need to pay collateral and to get exit token because I parked in customs area. Surprisingly enough again, the lady at German customs said that I have to pay collateral. I said that according to their central help desk I don’t have to. She was confused and after some consultations with her colleagues she admitted that since my domicile is not in EU and the car goes with Swiss export plates, which are valid only till the end of the month, they don’t really care and I can drive further without collateral but might have issues, when exiting EU on the other side. On the other side, nobody even asked for T1 and the car left EU without any issues.

Basically, after receiving T1 form from Swiss export agent and stamp from Swiss customs, I could simply drive further, not attending German customs and not parking in customs area.

To sum up, it is doable without T1 but if you don’t want to take any chances, it probably makes sense to arrange ATA carnet.
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On the other side, nobody even asked for T1 and the car left EU without any issues.
Which is normal. You have to act on your own.

Aren't you supposed to surrender/clear the T1 at point of export out of the EU /NCTS custom region? Or did you import the car into a country which is part of NCTS and thus it was cleared upon import?
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Which is normal. You have to act on your own.

Aren't you supposed to surrender/clear the T1 at point of export out of the EU /NCTS custom region? Or did you import the car into a country which is part of NCTS and thus it was cleared upon import?
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...rnational.html
No, it wasn't NCTS country. You are right, if I paid collateral I should have cleared T1 to get money back. But I only had printed T1 from my export agent, which German customs didn't stamp. So, probably it wasn't valid.
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